“The right of civilians in a free society to possess “military-looking,”
or even actual military weapons, is essential if a monopoly of force
is not to reside in the hands of government, where modern history
shows the potential for far greater abuses and crimes exists than
are possible for any deranged individual.” ~RKBA Summary excerpt;
per, Halbrook, LaPierre, Rice, Simkin & Zelman, (Aymette v. State, 21
Tenn. Reports 154 (1840), cited in U.S. v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939)
The image above is of a 100% American made Revolutionary War Military Musket for the New Hampshire Militia from about 1777. Not one piece or one part of this Colonial musket is from any European manufactured military Arm.
In a time when industrial manufacturing of finished goods was forbidden by the Crown, this musket and thousands like it were stealthily created one at a time, by local gunsmiths. This tedious work as well as keeping all of the people’s Arms in good repair kept the estimated 2500 gunsmiths very busy around the newly Declared united States of America during the War for Independence.
The American Firearms Culture was righteously born and forged in the fires of liberty, hammered into form by the American Revolution against the forces of global tyranny. Only a handful of these “one off” Arms survive today. Most were made to a specific pattern without a makers mark so the name of the ‘smith who made it is not known.
“[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain,
the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor
of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most
effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but
weaken them, and let them sink gradually…I ask, who are the militia?
They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But
I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the
table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of
all classes, high and low, and rich and poor…” ~George Mason, Virginia
Constitutional ratification convention, 1787.