The Rifle-Musket vs. The Smoothbore Musket, a Comparison of the Effectiveness of the Two Types of Weapons Primarily at Short Ranges.

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Justin Stanage


"The gun has played a critical role in history ... an invention that has been both praised and denounced ... served hero and villain alike ... and carries with it moral responsibility. To better understand the gun is to better understand history" (Tales 1999). This paper was written out of curiosity, wondering whether the rifle was really better than the smoothbore musket. The original intent was to demonstrate that the smoothbore was better overall than the rifle, but it turned out to be the other way around at ranges greater than 100 yards.


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