Happy Independence Day, USA!

On this day 239 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the thirteen original US colonies of Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

The Fourth of July, as it’s often called in the US, is typically a time for outdoor activities, family, friends, and of course fireworks.

We certainly can’t forget how we won our independence and the purpose of our 4th of July celebration. Brave men yearning for freedom risked and actually lost all they had to organize and lead a largely volunteer army.They also stirred that yearning for a new country in the populace of the time.

The very tools these farmers, store owners and the average man used to hunt and provide food for the family were transformed into implements of war. Without our guns of the time we would have never won our freedom.

Be safe, and have fun celebrating our nation’s independence everybody! God Bless America!

Some of the rifles used in the Revolutionary War!


-TFB Staff

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Timothy G. Yan

    This is what our cousins from across the pond said about 7/4:

    • Oh well best of friends now and we did bail out the UK, southwest and southeast asia and Europe in two world wars.

      • derp

        yeah- the UK and Europe turned into wonderful third world cesspools now that the Marxists have run things since ’45

        • I hope things get better in some of the countries like Greece for instance. The ordinary person deserves it.

        • I wouldn’t put Maggie Thatcher in that group:-) The SAS loved that woman!!

        • smartacus

          You are right about that.
          If we didn’t win our independence thanks to our guns; we would be part of UK.
          We would have our own racism-fearing government coverup of immigrants satisfying themselves with thousands of our pre-teen girls daily for decades.

          -My least favorite story is that one father in England who was arrested for attempting to liberate his daughter held in a house while she was being gang raped by Muslim men after school.
          -The government even refused to press any charges against them, saying that she enjoyed all of it.

        • Budogunner

          In fairness, the same could be said about a few states in the US. Sadly, not all Americans are equally free, due to state laws. ::Cough… California… Cough::

      • Timothy G. Yan

        Phil, looks like someone didn’t got my joke.

  • ghost

    They didn’t use those scary tactical black rifles back then.

  • Lets not be posting burning flags etc. They are our friends now and have been for a long time.

    • Tassiebush

      Did someone burn the corner of our Australian flag? The horror! :p

      • No it was a British flag—-jerks!

        • Tassiebush

          Sorry Phil I was making a silly reference to it being the upper left corner of our flag. But yeah there’s no good reason or need for burning an allies’ flag to express identity. Citizens of the United States have heaps to be proud of in achievements, politically, culturally, industrially, scientifically and economically. You all deserve to be really proud of your great nation.

  • smartacus

    i can tell you one thing about this year’s Independence Day.
    Fireworks are still sounding off, and it’s after 2AM

  • John Yossarian

    Correction – One of the rifles used in the Revolutionary War. The other two were smoothbore.

    The difference – Smoothbores lack accuracy. In fact, with the ball commonly used – .71 cal in a .75 cal bore – they were difficult to shoot even to 50 yards!

  • Yesterday I cleaned an American gun, worked on an American V8 engine, ate a few hotdogs, and then drank some delicious American bourbon.
    A simple 4th of July celebration, but one done right.
    Also, hat tip to France for helping us out with the revolution. You have had our backs since day one, and we have had yours.