Assault Weapons of the Revolutionary War!by Will Ghormley on 12/23/12
The muzzle loading, flintlock muskets and rifles were the state-of-the-art assault weapons of their day! During the Revolutionary War, Patriots strove to arm themselves with weapons that were the equal to, or superior to, the British musket with fixed bayonet. The goal of both sides was to meet the opposition with superior firepower, superior numbers, employ superior military tactics, take advantages of combat multipliers, and decisively defeat the enemy.
A paper cartridge loaded musket was the fastest operating light arm of it's day, delivering a withering volume of firepower when employed by soldiers in multiple firing ranks. When the paper cartridges were expended, the fixed bayonet provided certain death until the soldier wielding it was out of commission.
Take a look at this clip to see how the musket was employed on an individual basis. Remember, this was the most withering firepower available to the individual soldier of their day!