U.S. Military Rifles since 1776





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Published on Jun 17, 2012

Please read before commenting: A very basic overview of some of the main U.S. military rifles since the 18th century. We mainly look at the evolution of the technology in primary issue rifles or rifles similar to them that I happen to own.
Since I chat unscripted without a leash for 35 minutes, you can imagine that I have a little clean-up to do. :-) I'll add needed correction here in the description below. I won't add much elaboration, as this is not meant to be a video about the entire history or everything about these specific firearms; it's more of a basics video, as I state at the beginning, to give folks something of a picture of the major stepping stones in military musket / rifle development through the last 200 + years.

Some clarification or further BASIC information:

1. The Brown Bess is a smooth bore musket, like most shotgun barrels. I mistakenly call it a rifle in the video. I don't think I mention it, but the 1858 Enfield used in the Civil War has a rifled barrel, as do all the firearms on the table after the Brown Bess.

2. The tubular magazines of lever guns are not safe with pointed bullets. Think about it. :-) The 1895 Winchester lever gun solved this by not using the tubular magazine, but with most lever guns, we were limited to flatter-nosed bullets. The bolt gun, with rounds stacked on top of one another, allowed as sharp a point on the bullet as we wanted.

3, For some reason (Brain fade), I failed to show you how the Garand loads. Guess most of you have seen it in the movies, at least, and hopefully, in our Garand videos. :-)

4. I believe Eugene Stoner was developing the AR-10 even before the '60s, but the AR15/M16 did not get into soldiers hands until the '60s, I believe.

We have videos on all these firearms. Please search from the home page for any of these firearms, and you'll find at least one video, I believe.
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You should do a video for handguns
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seth Trottier
some teens must be pretty friggen stupid if they think the civil war was in the 1900':
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A musket is the only option for home defense. Nothing says "Murica" like putting a basketball sized hole in a burglar.
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man look at that history right there
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Love how he chuckles when he hits a target. He does that in every video. :)
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Randy Lunn
Engaging overview. Thank you. This should be a lesson that all kids see as part of a gun history and safety class.
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Rick Anderson
My story. In May of 1966 I joined the Indiana National Guard. By the end of May were sent to Camp Atterbury for two week of basic training. I qualified on the M1 during that two week period. In December of that year I was transferred to an SRF and was sent off to basic training at Fort Campbell in January of 1967. Their I qualified on an M14. In May of that year I completed my active duty and went back to my unit. In June we sent off to two week of training and I qualified with the M16M1. So in just a little over a year I qualified with an M1, M14 and M16.
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Zachary NC
I'm so happy that I live in America
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Tom B
flint lock days....back when the only mass shootings where on the battle field.
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Chris Moussot
You must of been the best history teacher. History was always my favorite class and i still study it today. My senior year of high school i had 4 history classes. Would of loved if you were one of my teachers, you are a great teacher. Thank you for the lesson.
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