Definition of musket
: a heavy large-caliber muzzle-loading usually smoothbore shoulder firearm; broadly : a shoulder gun carried by infantry
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After the reading, the historic interpreters fired off a salute to liberty using a Colt .44-caliber revolver and two replica 1861 Springfield muskets.
By Robert Allen Feb. 1, 2017 Below the murky, rolling currents of the Detroit River is a floor loaded with centuries of artifacts: war cannons, old wooden ships, cars and hundreds of firearms, ranging from wooden muskets to automatic handguns.
A friend, using a metal detector, found a musket ball and 1907 Indian head copper penny, which has a value of at least $2, according to the online resource Coin Study.
Some come dressed as British soldiers, carrying muskets and bayonets, and others come as American militiamen, armed with Kentucky long-rifles and a cannon.
When the owner of the property turned them away, the leader of the group, Jeremiah Brandreth, grabbed his musket and shot one of the farmer’s servants.
History happy hour Explore the Civil War hospital, complete with living history interpreters and musket-firing demonstrations.
Inspired by centuries-old technology, modern muzzleloaders aren’t your founding fathers’ muskets.
Muskets and cannons supplement swords and bows-and-arrows for maximum carnage.
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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
Definition of musket for Students
: a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle and that was once used by soldiers trained to fight on foot
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