America’s Most Significant Firearm?

by Fred Ray on July 4, 2011 · 0 comments

Happy 4th of July everyone—hope you were able to enjoy it with family and friends like I was. This day in 1863 was one of celebration and rejoicing for the United States as Lee’s army began its retreat southward from Pennsylvania and Vicksburg surrendered.

Phil Schreier of the National Firearms Museum takes a look at the most significant firearm in American history. Nope—it’s not John Wilkes Booth’s derringer, it’s an air rifle, and not even a Red Ryder.

It’s a Girandoni Air Rifle used by Lewis and Clark expedition, and it was more effective than you’d think. A more detailed look here.


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