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Early Americans relied on firearms in their daily lives. They had many uses, from hunting, to scaring pests away, to self-defense, to sport, and even to militia muster days.

American colonists were familiar with several types of firearms including fowlers, rifles, muskets, and pistols. Each had their own advantages and disadvantages. Some Americans owned multiple types of firearms, or multiple firearms of each type, while others could only afford one firearm and had to choose which worked best for them.

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