Revolutionary War Weapons Flintlock Musket • The average soldier was armed with a smoothbore flintlock. • This gun was it was not very accurate, so the soldier did not have a very good chance of hitting his target. Blunderbuss • This gun was mostly used by the colonists because it required no ammo. All you had to do was put the gunpowder in and put whatever was around you down the barrel. • It could take anything from rocks to glass and that is what made it affective. Bayonet • The bayonet turned the average flintlock into a spear. • It was smart to have one off these because flintlocks were not reliable in the rain. • They were good for close hand to hand combat. • The first kind off bayonet was fitted to go in the inside off the gun, but these were replaced with bayonets that would go on the outside so they could shoot with it on. Rifles • The rifle was not the first choice of the soldier. • They were more accurate than the average gun because of the grooves on the inside • they took a long time to load. • A bayonet could not be attached to a rifle the men who used them ended up carrying an axe or tomahawk. Pistol • Pistols were mostly carried by officers and cavalry. • Pistols were only good at close range since most of them did not have grooves on the inside of them. Swords and Sabers • The difference between a sword and a saber is that a saber is curved and a sword is not. • Swords and sabers were mostly carried by officers and were not for fighting but used to lead troops into battle. Cannons • It was not any easier to fire a cannon than it was to fire a rifle. • Each cannon took from seven to fourteen men to load. Every soldier had a job to do, from calculating the angle to fire from to lighting the fuse after it has been loaded. • Cannons had a range of up to one hundred yards. Thanks To • http://military.discovery.com/history/revolutiona ry,whttp://revolutionarywarantiques.com/Weapo ns-of-the-Revolutionary• War/weapons/weapons.html • www.loc.gov. • Wikipedia.org • Wikimedeacommons • Pics4learning, and • A Soldiers life. New York: Breslich and Foss Ltd, 1997. Print.