The Evolution of Colonial Firearms

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About this event:

Created by Nicole Peels

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area

During this presentation Park Ranger Will Kinton will discuss and demonstrate the earliest black powder weapons.  This program will begin with the hand gonne, a weapon that resembles a gun barrel on a broom stick. This weapon saw service during the last years of knights in armor and would eventually replace the English Longbow.

The next weapon that will be discussed and fired is the matchlock (the musket with a burning rope attached).

The flintlock musket, like those weapons in use at Fort Loudoun during the 1750’s, will be the final type of weapon presented during this program.  Not only will the standard, .75 caliber musket be discussed and fired but also a massive, 70 pound, .94 caliber “Wall-Gun” will be used as the grand finale!

Admission for 13 years old and up is $5.00, for more information please contact Fort Loudoun State Historic Park at 423-420-2331