Watch American Guns: A History of US Firearms

It is not known when the first gunpowder charge exploded. But since that moment, firearm designers and manufacturers have been driven to make guns more accurate, improve reliability, ease of operation, portability, and finally, make guns more beautiful. No country has contributed more to the advancement of firearms than the United States.

Mill Creek Entertainment
1 Season, 13 Episodes
December 31, 2015
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  • The ownership of guns in America for hunters and enthusiasts has been a long standing tradition, and gun culture continues to be part of the fabric of American life.

  • As war evolved, the weapons did as well - with the M1 Garand, the Browning Automatic Rifle, fully automatics, and advanced sniper rifles.

  • The M1 rifle and M1 Carbine were the American guns that did most of the heavy lifting during WWII.

  • Bolt actions, repeaters and machine guns take center stage during the War to End All Wars. But once the war is over, the guns land in the hands of the criminal underworld as tools to carry out their bidding.

  • Modern style hand guns and semi automatic rifles begin to enter production around the time of the Spanish-American War

  • Smith and Wesson, Remington, Colt, Winchester, and Parker Bros all experience a gun manufacturing golden age during America's Guilded Age

  • The Civil War brought with it the Gatling Gun and the Sharps Rifle, while after the war, Smith and Wesson introduce the revolver

  • As the Civil War loomed, American Guns were only becoming more powerful, more accurate, and easier to reload.

  • The Battle of the Alamo, the weapons used, and American innovator Samuel Colt's rise as a titan in the gun industry

  • As manufacturing in the US grew under Andrew Jackson, the gun became an essential tool for settlers in the western territories

  • Early US arms manufacturing relied heavily on federal funding and armories as customers

  • The early history of the United States, and a look at the Kentucky Long Rifle and it's use during the Revolutionary War.

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