Revisited Myth #32: Colonial-era guns were very heavy and awkward to fire.


Not true. A standard British military gun of the eighteenth-century weighed about the same as the U.S. Army’s nine-and-a-half-pound World War II rifle, the M1 Garand. Colonial Williamsburg gunsmith Richard Sullivan says that they hear this a lot from visitors, but tell them that the weight of most colonial guns ranged from six to ten pounds.


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