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An American leaving his home with a musket was on par with a member of the Continental Line.
Here are some more awesome photos of Earnhardt and his new musket and patriots hat.
On the ground, South African mercenaries, crack troops from Chad and vigilantes packing muskets entered the forest to engage in gunbattles with Boko Haram.
Babies cried, older children stuck their fingers in their ears, and unwary tourists at La Villita were shaken Saturday afternoon as blasts of cannon fire and musket shots replaced the quaint tranquillity.
By 1810, Harpers Ferry was producing 10,000 muskets, rifles, and pistols a year.
Young Adams, who later ventured into casual pen-and-ink work, also drew Boston soldiers marching with musket balls and a whimsical mermaid.
Police arrested Smith after witnesses accused him of pepper-spraying them, but Smith said the two women who complained breathed in black powder from a musket.
By 1810, Harpers Ferry was producing 10,000 muskets, rifles and pistols a year.
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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.
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