A Girl is continuing a blogmeme about the five guns that have changed history. I don't always go in for the blogmemes, but this one I cannot resist.
5. The AR-15. The standard infantry arm of the U.S. military for 50 years now, this rifle makes the list and edges out contenders such as the AK-47 because it is the very definition of a "firearms platform". While people have been customizing firearms since their invention, the AR-15 ecosystem of parts, add-ons and customizations is unparalleled.
4. The M1 Garand. Named for its inventor, John Garand, this rifle was adopted by the U.S. military after decades of conceptual designs and trials. At the time of its adoption, it was the most advanced infantry battle rifle. We would know this firearm as being chambered in .276 today if it were not for the insistence of Gen. Douglas MacAuthor that only a .30 calibre round was good enough for U.S. troops. Today, direct descendants of the M1 Garand serve in the Afghanistan theatre of war with U.S. troops.
3. The Colt Single Action Army (Colt Peacemaker). This iconic firearm of the "Wild West" gave rise to the saying, "God created man. Samuel Colt made them equal." A popular civilian firearm, it was used by the U.S. Army until 1892 when it was replaced with a Colt revolver of a smaller calibre. The replacement for the Single Action Army was unsatisfactory and led directly to the development of the Colt 1911, another iconic firearm.
2. The Colt Paterson Revolver. It was not the first revolver, but it was the first successful and commercial revolver. A decade later it was the inspiration for the Colt Walker, putting into motion the Colt firearms company we have today.
1. The Kentucky Long Rifle. An American invention of necessity, these rifles made snipers out of backwoodsmen. So feared by the British, Gen. George Washington gave to outfitting his regular troops in backwoodsmen buckskins both for protection and extra psychological punch.
Yes, it is a very U.S. centric list. So sue me, I'm American!