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.45  M1911A 1 semi-automatic pistol
Conflict: 
World War II
Category(s): 
Firearms, Military equipment
1853 Enfield Rifle-Musket
British 1853 Pattern Enfield rifle-musket, .577 caliber also fired a .58 caliber bullet used by both the Union and the Confederacy.
Conflict: Civil War
Category(s): Confederate objects, Firearms, Military equipment , Union objects
AK-47 Automatic Rifle
The AK-47 was designed by Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov. Kalashnikov was drafted into the Soviet army in 1938; while serving as a tank driver-mechanic, he became very interested in the operation of firearms. After being seriously wounded in 1941, he was given six months of leave, and spent that...
Conflict: 
Vietnam conflict
Category(s): 
Firearms, Foreign objects
American Long Rifle
This early example of the American long rifle reflects its Germanic origins. It has a wooden patchbox for storing patches to load and clean with; a flared muzzle and thick shoulder stock which are like that of the German Jaeger rifle.
Category(s): 
Firearms
American-Made Musket
During the Revolutionary War, many gunmakers were forced to cannibalize parts from guns manufactured on various foreign soils. These guns, referred to as composites, contained disparate parts and are therefore difficult to date with any degree of accuracy.
Category(s): 
Firearms
Belt Revolver
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two territories to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight in Kansas was so intense that the state earned the nickname of “Bleeding Kansas.” John Brown bought 2,000 of these revolvers and sent them to Kansas for the “Free-Soilers.” New...
Category(s): 
Firearms
Braddock Pistol
Specific History General Edward Braddock gave this pistol to George Washington. In 1777 Washington mislaid the gun. A letter was sent to Captain Charles Morley on July 2, 1777. It read: “Sir, His Excellency Gen. Washington desires you to look among his effects for a pistol which was mislaid or...
Conflict: 
Seven Years War
Category(s): 
Firearms
 British cannon is marked 'Surrendered by the Convention of Saratoga...'
Bronze barrel marked "SURRENDERED/BY THE/CONVENTION/OF/SARATOGA/OCTR 17 1777."
Conflict: War of American Independence
Category(s): Artillery, Cannons, Firearms, Foreign objects
Brown Bess Musket
British Short Land Pattern musket
Category(s): 
Firearms
Brown Bess Musket
The metal parts of this musket were made by Edward Jordan of Birmingham, England in 1746. The original wooden stock was replaced with the distinctive club butt stock of the Massachusetts colony.
Category(s): 
Firearms

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