In the United States, civilians own nearly 400 million firearms. That’s three times as many guns as the armed forces of Russia, China, North Korea, Ukraine, United States, India, Vietnam, Iran, South Korea, Pakistan, and all other countries… combined. In short, Americans love guns.
Firearms were wielded by revolutionaries fighting for the very survival of our nation, they were strapped across the backs of our earliest explorers, and used to feed and protect frontier families. Brothers used them against brothers in the Civil War, they were carried across the vast western frontier, and they were the instruments used to defeat the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese in World War II.
Simply put, America would not be the great nation it is today without firearms. In fact, it can be argued that they have made more positive contributions to American history than any other advancement in technology.
Infographic: 10 Firearms that shaped American history
To acknowledge their contributions in shaping American history, we’ve identified 10 firearms that have dramatically impacted America’s birth, freedom, and its very survival.
So what do you think? Are these the 10 most influential firearms in American history? If not, let us know what we missed!