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Every time a player scores a touchdown, a group clad in Revolutionary War garb fires off blanks into the air with their muskets filled with black gunpowder.
Back then linear infantry formations would have to wait their turn before shooting each other with muskets.
Men dressed in Revolutionary War costumes fire muskets after New England touchdowns at Gillette Stadium.
Bathed in eerie floodlights, its more infamous history was reflected in the firing squad wall, still pocked with musket ball holes centuries after those sentenced to death met their fate.
Unlike muskets, which fired about one round every 20 seconds, AR-15-style rifles have become the favorite gun of mass shooters looking to fire about one round every half second.
Testing revealed the pistol dates back to 1500 to 1600, before flintlock pistols and muskets were introduced.
Guns are a part of American life, and have been since the very beginning, from the matchlock muskets arming the earliest colonies to the Colt revolvers and Winchester rifles of the Old West to the Glock handgun of today.
Throughout his last season in the NASCAR Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. received some incredible retirement gifts — from a Revolutionary War musket to a car to pickles.
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Did You Know?
In the early era of firearms, cannons of lesser size such as the falconet were sometimes named for birds of prey. Following this pattern, Italians applied moschetto or moschetta, meaning "sparrow hawk," to a small-caliber piece of ordnance in the 16th century. Spaniards borrowed this word as mosquete and the French as mosquet, but applied it to a heavy shoulder firearm rather than a cannon; English musket was borrowed soon thereafter from French. The word musket was retained after the original matchlock firing mechanism was replaced by a wheel lock, and the wheel lock by the flintlock. As the practice of rifling firearms-incising the barrel with spiral grooves to improve the bullet's accuracy-became more common, musket gradually gave way to the newer word rifle in the 18th and 19th centuries.
MUSKET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of musket for English Language Learners
: a type of long gun that was used by soldiers before the invention of the rifle
MUSKET Defined for Kids
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