I am trying to figure out what the most common musket or rifle in American homes was just prior to the War of Independence. My idea is to hang the gun with period-correct ammunition accessories (powder, ball, patch, etc...) over the mantle of my fireplace facing one way, and mount my Bushmaster M4 with Blackhawk chest rig holding 12 loaded mags facing the other. The idea is the guns of the American patriot from the beginning to now, the Minuteman through the ages. I am, of course, a member of the standing army, so I don't technically qualify as a minuteman or member of the local militia, but the desire to protect the nation above all is still here and I will qualify in about seven years when I retire. I'm pretty sure most Americans had one of the Brown Bess guns they or their fathers would have been issued during the French and Indian War, or maybe a captured french gun. Any history buffs in here able to help out? Obviously my intent is to have working replicas, as the real things would force me to sell my sister into prostitution and mom would get mad about that. Any help is appreciated.
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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