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Weapons Of the 18th Century


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Flintlock Musket

  • Replaced some previous designs such as the matchlock, a gun with a slow burning fuse and an early trigger to ignite the gunpowder.

  • Used a metal striker to hit a piece of flint rock against metal to cause a spark.

  • Sometimes unreliable because flint is easily broken and is hard to use to make sparks when it is wet.

  • Took as long as half a minute to prepare for another shot

  • The standard weapon of infantry during the Revolutionary War.

  • Later replaced by more reliable percussion cap.





  • Surprisingly were not the weapon of choice

  • Took much longer to load than a conventional musket.

  • Modified rifles are still in use today

  • Rifle- What makes them a “rifle” is the rifling or spiraling inside the barrel, causing the bullet to spiral much like a football, drastically increasing the accuracy.



  • Bayonet- In short, a bayonet is a knife stuck on the barrel of a gun so you could use you gun like a spear.

  • Original bayonets were mounted inside the barrel but were soon replaced with more advanced side mounted designs.



  • Cannons were very hard to load

  • They took between 7 to 14 people to operate

  • Would fire almost anything you could put down the barrelbut worked best with cannonballs.

  • Could be used to destroy ships with large cannonballs or to kill infantry in the same way a shotgun would.



  • Called the turtle, it was basically a hollow sphere that someone rode in to attach explosives to the hull of a ship.

  • The turtle did sail (if you could say “sail”) but failed to get the explosives attached to the hull of the ship.

  • Only saw one mission because it was lost when the ship transporting it was sunk.



  • Soldiers actually cast their own ammunition.

  • Used molds to cast bullets

  • Poured molten lead into a mold, let cool, and then removed to use in combat








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