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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - American Weapons - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory


Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. Last week we delved into Early Modern Europe (1500 - 1800) weapons. This week we'll take a look at American weapons (1776 - 1900).

Bowie Knife - (about 1829) actually invented by James Black with the help of Jim Bowie; large knife with large clip points

Kentucky Rifle - Ironically, this was invented in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; longer barrel with a longer firing ranger; smaller caliber bullet; due to the tightness of the barrel it does take longer to reload

Derringer - (1830's) famous little gun that could be held in a person's palm; single-shot; relatively weak unless at close range; John Wilkes Booth used it to assassinate Abraham Lincoln

A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7

Photo Credit: Bowie Knife - https://www.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FBowie_knife&psig=AOvVaw3XOYP8AiMrXA59PnnO1JGe&ust=1535037221791085
Photo Credit: Kentucky Rifle - https://www.traditionsfirearms.com%2Fcategory%2FClassic-Sidelocks&psig=AOvVaw00XNUxuZXQ9PFqC1iJhXEf&ust=1535037336536552
Photo Credit: Derringer - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fkimar-22-caliber-blank-firing-double-barrel-derringer.html&psig=AOvVaw08Ah-sPRmyHoorgQOuW3WK&ust=1535037372812502

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