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Young Adams, who later ventured into casual pen-and-ink work, also drew Boston soldiers marching with musket balls and a whimsical mermaid.
By 1810, Harpers Ferry was producing 10,000 muskets, rifles, and pistols a year.
The Crown’s forces had approached on horseback and by sea, with muskets, swords, and malevolent intent.
By 1810, Harpers Ferry was producing 10,000 muskets, rifles and pistols a year.
America’s public monuments are in greater peril than at any moment since the country’s birth, when a statue of King George III on horseback was pulled down by a mob, who melted its lead to make musket balls for the coming war for independence.
The musket was the principal weapon of armed conflict in the 18th century.
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.
Those grimy workshops made muskets and machine tools.
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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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