History: Weapons That Won the West – Part 4

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weapons That Won the West
By D.R. King, High River, Alta.

‘When the Pilgrim Fathers first set foot on North American soil they carried muskets and fowling pieces. Their main source of food lay in the wild game which abounded in the great forests of the new land. Most of them owned two guns which they carried together, for the weapons were single shot, muzzle loading matchlocks. The possession of two pieces made it possible for the hunter to be able to miss one shot, for he had the other load ready to fire if needed.’

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