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Meanwhile, thousands of villagers and residents of Maiduguri took up machetes or handmade muskets and joined a self-defence militia, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), that held the gates of the city.
The dedication of the historical marker will include an invocation by Archbishop Jerome Listecki, a musket salute, speeches and taps sounded by a bugler.
Well, muskets were fired, proclamations were read, declarations were drafted . . .
His three sons, Philo, Samuel and Eliphalet Remington III, kept the family business supplying pistols, carbines, rifles, and muskets to the federal Army and Navy during the war.
Spears, arrows and muskets are also used in reenactments, which can be competitive and thus don't guarantee a specific winning or losing side in advance as a more precise reenactment might.
Guns have always been part of our story, since the beginning, when flintlock muskets were the instruments of our American Revolution.
Explosive warheads have worked in pretty much the same way since Henry Shrapnel's 1784 artillery shell, which was designed to explode and throw out musket balls in all directions.
Calvary Cemetery: Civil War Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. includes a Catholic Mass, followed by a patriotic ceremony with artillery and musket salute, the 1st Brigade Band, and a speech by Air Force Sgt.
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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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