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The 240-Year Evolution of the Army Sidearm | Popular Mechanics

The 240-Year Evolution of the Army Sidearm | Popular Mechanics

In late January of this year, the U.S. Army selected a new pistol to replace the Beretta M9, a gun that’s served the Armed Forces for 30 years. But like every weapon in the U.S.’s arsenal, the Army pistol has gone through a slow evolution, from slow-loading flintlocks that helped create a country to polymer-framed, semi-automatic pistols used in conflicts around the world today.

The U.S. Army has come along way in 242 years.

America’s very first sidearm was a copy of a British one. Based on the British Model 1760, the Model 1775 was a muzzle-loading, .62-caliber smoothbore flintlock. The American pistols were made by the Rappahannock Forge in Virginia (pictured above)…

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