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The Mayflower Wheel-lock - America's First Firearm

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The Mayflower Wheel-lock - America's First Rifle

 

This Italian Wheel-Lock .66 caliber carbine is America's earlist firearm.

 

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In 1620, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England and landed at Plymouth Rock in modern day Massacheusetts. One of the original colony members on that trip was John Adlen.  During restorative work in the 1920's on his historic home, this rifle was found in a hidden crevice and restored.

 

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Here is the NRA's museum video of the rifle.

 

https://youtu.be/3OX9ZbF5t3g

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