Colonial Guns 1600 – 1700 By Ronald Mirochnik 7A2
Guns in Colonial Times were used for many different reasons These are the hunting guns used during the colonial times Musket Rifles
These are war guns R e v o l v e r Flintlock Rifle
During war or battle, the colonists would use this cannon on wheels
These are the different parts of colonial guns Locks Sideplates Trigger Guards These help you not to pull the trigger by accident Butt Tangs This helps lower the recoil of the gun Haha I know, let it out of your system
This is the open barrel of a revolver gun. This is the Revolver. It is connected by a spring. The barrel spins every time you shoot. To take the barrel out to reload, you must pull the trigger on the back of the gun. Like this
The guns could be made of wood or metal, or both Typically, the handle is made of wood And the rest made of metal Guns were located in all of the middle and upper class homes. Guns were kept for hunting,protection and war fare. The colonists would make guns themselves or they would go to the local gunsmith Gunsmith Colonist’s Gun Shop
Purchasing and using firearms Only white men of middle and upper class could purchase and handle firearms. Native Americans were legally not allowed to own firearms in some colonies. The wealthy colonists would use guns for a hunting sport. They would also use them to hunt for survive during the winter. The wealthy would buy guns called “Punts” or “Hudson Valley” that have a 30 – 60 yard range. Englishmen would smuggle firearms to the Native Americans.
In Plymouth, Massachusetts, by law you were supposed to have “two pounds of gunpowder and ten pounds of bullets”, you would be fined 10 shillings if you did not have this. Gunpowder and bullets were sold in bars and other shops There was never any shortage of any gun-related parts. By law, no man was allowed to leave a mile from his house without any firearms. You were required to bring a gun to church, and if you didn’t, you were fined twelve pence. The minimum age to own a firearm was sixteen. The minimum age varied from colony to colony. The military did not have a storage space for all of the guns, Instead they gave all the guns to the soldiers equally. Interesting Information
Before there were Rifles, the Colonists would fight short range, like this With rifles, they can shoot long range with no problem at all!