Weaponry in The American Revolution By: Ashley Haines

British Army Weapons:

  • The "Brown Bess"
  • The Ferguson Rifle
  • Sea service pistol
  • Mortars
  • Cannons

Continental Army Weapons:

  • Rifles
  • Socket Bayonet
  • Long Rifles
  • Charleville Muskets
  • Howitzer


  • The differences between the two armies weapons was that even though the British had the most excelling artillery, it was hard to move the heavy cannons and mortars into place. The Continental then had a chance of fighting them first while they set up. The Continental had more hand held weapons to carry than things to move around. It was easy for them to load and fire their weapons, but their rifles had to be manually assembled on the field if they wanted to use them. It took time to change from one thing to another, so each army had their pros and cons (also shown below).


  • The British army was considered the best in the world. They were well equipped, trained, and disciplined. They were their best on the sea, which the Continental lacked at. Their income of money was very easy to raise, giving them more room to buy their weapons and train their soldiers, while the Continental army had to wait a while before they could even know if their income could be raised.
  • The Continental army got a lot of their people to side with them in winning independence, making the British highly unlikely in persuading them do give it up. Their political leaders were much more experienced than the British, therefore, getting more people to side with them.


  • The Continental army had a hard time raising their funds and their men were not as well trained as the British. They couldn't find a lot of land to own, since the natives were on the British side, they claimed mostly all the land.
  • The British fought far away from their home, making them likely to lose battles because they do not know the ground well. They also wanted to persuade the Americans to give up their independence, and that didn't work because they were on the Continental side.

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