The image above is of a 100% American made Military Musket for the New Hampshire Militia from about 1777. Not one or piece of this Colonial musket was of recycled parts from any European manufactured military Arm. This, and thousands like it were created one at a time. This work, as well as keeping all of the nation’s Arms in good repair, kept the 2500 or so gunsmiths around the newly Declared united States of America quite busy during the War for Independence. The American Firearms Culture was righteously born in the fire of liberty, forged in the American Revolution against forces of global tyranny.
Only a handful of these “one off” Arms survive today.
“[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.