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Revolutionary War Weapons
Flintlock Musket
• The average soldier was armed with a
smoothbore flintlock.
• This gun was it was not very accurate, so the
soldier did not have a very good chance of
hitting his target.
• This gun was mostly used by the colonists
because it required no ammo. All you had to
do was put the gunpowder in and put
whatever was around you down the barrel.
• It could take anything from rocks to glass and
that is what made it affective.
• The bayonet turned the average flintlock into a
• It was smart to have one off these because
flintlocks were not reliable in the rain.
• They were good for close hand to hand combat.
• The first kind off bayonet was fitted to go in the
inside off the gun, but these were replaced with
bayonets that would go on the outside so they
could shoot with it on.
• The rifle was not the first choice of the soldier.
• They were more accurate than the average
gun because of the grooves on the inside
• they took a long time to load.
• A bayonet could not be attached to a rifle the
men who used them ended up carrying an axe
or tomahawk.
• Pistols were mostly carried by officers and
• Pistols were only good at close range since
most of them did not have grooves on the
inside of them.
Swords and Sabers
• The difference between a sword and a saber is
that a saber is curved and a sword is not.
• Swords and sabers were mostly carried by
officers and were not for fighting but used to
lead troops into battle.
• It was not any easier to fire a cannon than it
was to fire a rifle.
• Each cannon took from seven to fourteen men
to load. Every soldier had a job to do, from
calculating the angle to fire from to lighting
the fuse after it has been loaded.
• Cannons had a range of up to one hundred
Thanks To
ns-of-the-Revolutionary• War/weapons/weapons.html
• Wikimedeacommons
• Pics4learning, and
• A Soldiers life. New York: Breslich and Foss Ltd,
1997. Print.

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