By Raymond Lotta

The US in Decline: An research of the advancements in the direction of conflict and Revolution, within the U.S. and world wide, within the Nineteen Eighties

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5mm) English gunmakers produced many thousands of plain but functional military firearms during the period of the English Civil War in the middle of the 17th century. This pistol is of the type that was usually issued in pairs to cavalry troopers and carried in two holsters mounted on the front of the saddle. It has a lock plate and stock shaped like those of a wheel-lock, which was a fashionable design at this time. 42 • T H E F L I N T L O C K Y E A R S ( 1 6 5 0 – 1 8 3 0 ) FLINTLOCK PISTOLS (1650–1700) In the second half of the 17th century, flintlock firearms in Europe were developed into the form they were to keep until well into the 19th century.

Foresight Ramrod Ramrod pipe ▼ INDIA-PATTERN MUSKET FULL VIEW Before the outbreak of war with France in 1793, Britain had been planning a new pattern of musket, but this was not yet in production. To overcome a shortage of weapons, Britain bought British East India Company muskets as an emergency measure. These saw service throughout the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15). 5mm) When Emperor Leopold of Austria and King Frederick William of Prussia declared their intention to restore Louis XVI of France to his throne in 1791, Austria found itself outgunned by the French.

Introduced in 1803, this rifle was built at the US Armory at Harpers Ferry (in modern-day West Virginia). 7mm) John Hancock Hall’s rifle, designed in 1811 and introduced into service in 1819, was the first regulation American rifle that was loaded at the breech; hinged at the front, it tipped up at a 30-degree angle for loading. 80–81), too, where the entire breech unit could be removed and used as a pistol. Many breech-loading guns of the flintlock period had cleaning rods instead of the ramrods seen in muzzle-loaders.

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