Present Arms: Civilian Owned Firearms in the 18th Century

Think of common household items that eveyone has. What comes to mind? A bed? A TV? Chairs? Think again. In the 1700s, firearms were more common in American households than tables and chairs. They were everyday tools that improved the lives of ordinary Americans, a bit like computers or cell phones today.

Why were firearms so common? What uses made them so desirable? Continue to find out!


Derek Engle