Fowlers: A Ubiquitous Tool
Fowlers were the personal firearm of choice for many colonials. They were cheap and versatile, making them ideal for a wide variety of uses. They earned the name "fowler" since they were initially designed for hunting birds, often referred to then as fowl.
Notice on the fowlers below that there is no room to fit a bayonet. Fowlers had many uses, but they were never designed for war.