Before Assault Weapons

Long before we had those scary black semi-automatic rifles which make progressives tremble in fear, on this date in 1862 was the bloodiest battle in US history.



16 Oct 1862, Page 3 – The Pacific Commercial Advertiser at

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11 Responses to Before Assault Weapons

  1. Doug says:

    Imagine the carnage if their muskets had been equipped with flash suppressors and pistol grips.

  2. RAH says:

    And to think that at that time the standard issue infantry weapons for both sides were muzzle loaded rifles of .48 to .64 caliber. Some used true muskets with unrifled barrels that fired “buck & ball” consisting of on large caliber ball and 3 smaller buck shot. Not many types of breechloaders had made it to the field yet at that time and would not until the following year. Still the rifled muskets were pretty accurate weapons. Hitting a man sized target at 500 yards was possible though the really effective fire zone in actual combat would prove to be 200 yards or less for the average recruit. Rate of fire was emphasized over accuracy in most units. Rate of fire 2-4 rpm is the typical book answer but in actual combat 2 rounds per minute would probably be more accurate.

  3. Jason Calley says:

    Most readers here are educated enough to know the facts behind the Emancipation Proclamation, but those of you who slept through American History ought to Google it up and read it. The popular version is that it was Lincoln’s order to end slavery. The facts are, uh, “somewhat different.” The Proclamation ordered the end of slavery everywhere that the Union was not in control, and kept slavery intact in all areas that were under Union control. It even specifies county by county which areas have slavery and which cannot. In fact, slaves were being used in Washington DC to build the new Capitol building while the War was going on. Union General Grant had slaves throughout the War. When asked why he did not free them, his answer was “good help is hard to find.”

  4. Robertv says:

    Don’t forget Hannibal (247 – between 183 and 181 BC)

    53,500–75,000 Romans and allied infantry
    2,700 Roman and allied cavalry

  5. Andy DC says:

    Human history is miserable! Endless wars and genocide. Generation after generation of young males that have gone to early graves because some tin horn wanted to force his will on others.

    • RAH says:

      The thing is that wars bring out the best and the worst of the human race. It is as if everything, both great and evil, is magnified and time passes more slowly with more living and dying compacted into a shorter period. We think we live in bad times now but really most of us here fall within an age group that have lived our lives in the most peaceful era in human history.

  6. Gail Combs says:

    And in all cases, no matter what the weapon, the Elite made sure it was ILLEGAL for the peasants to own those weapons.

    “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” — Adolf Hitler.

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