A Look At U.S. Battle Rifles Used Throughout American History Courtesy Of Hickok45

Our dear old friend, Hickok45, takes us on a journey of all the many different battle rifles used by the United States Armed Forces throughout our nations history. It’s a little bit more lengthy than some of the videos I normally use, but it’s 34 minutes very well-spent to be sure.

In this video, you’ll see everything form the Kentucky long rifle, to the M-16 and everything in between. I really like this guy’s videos, they’re well done and always a good way to spend your time learning about the many different firearms in the world. I think learning about our nations history is very important, also, it’s a really good way to constructively spend your time.

Like my old 8th grade history teacher used to say: “There’s no such thing as too much knowledge”.

 This is what Hickok45 had to say regarding the video on YouTube:

A very basic overview of some of the main U.S. military rifles since the 18th century. We mainly look at the evolution of the technology in primary issue rifles or rifles similar to them that I happen to own. Since I chat unscripted without a leash for 35 minutes, you can imagine that I have a little clean-up to do. I’ll add needed correction here in the description below. I won’t add much elaboration, as this is not meant to be a video about the entire history or everything about these specific firearms; it’s more of a basics video, as I state at the beginning, to give folks something of a picture of the major stepping stones in military musket / rifle development through the last 200 + years.

Some clarification or further BASIC information:

1. The Brown Bess is a smooth bore musket, like most shotgun barrels. I mistakenly call it a rifle in the video. I don’t think I mention it, but the 1858 Enfield used in the Civil War has a rifled barrel, as do all the firearms on the table after the Brown Bess.

2. The tubular magazines of lever guns are not safe with pointed bullets. Think about it. The 1895 Winchester lever gun solved this by not using the tubular magazine, but with most lever guns, we were limited to flatter-nosed bullets. The bolt gun, with rounds stacked on top of one another, allowed as sharp a point on the bullet as we wanted.

3, For some reason (Brain fade), I failed to show you how the Garand loads. Guess most of you have seen it in the movies, at least, and hopefully, in our Garand videos.

4. I believe Eugene Stoner was developing the AR-10 even before the ’60s, but the AR15/M16 did not get into soldiers hands until the ’60s, I believe.

Here’s the video:

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