Happy Independence Day, USA!

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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 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. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • John Yossarian John Yossarian on Jul 05, 2015

    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!

  • Alex C. Alex C. on Jul 05, 2015

    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.