Look At Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Assault Rifle’ with High Capacity Magazines

Girandoni Air Rifle
Antique Girandoni Air ‘Assault’ Rifle
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Marion P. Hammer

Florida –-(Ammoland.com)- If you ever hear a gun control advocate say that the Founding Fathers could never have imagined and would not have allowed possession of “assault weapons” under the Second Amendment, tell them they don’t know much about American history.

The Founding Fathers not only knew about assault weapons, some owned them. Thomas Jefferson bought assault weapons and sent them on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

In fact, these assault weapons were .46 caliber, military, magazine fed, rifles with high capacity magazines capable of firing 22 shots in 60 seconds.

They even came with four, 22 round speedloaders.

The Founding Fathers not only knew about assault weapons, they did not exclude them from the Second Amendment.

One of the assault rifles that went on the Lewis and Clark expedition is owned by and is on display at the NRA’s National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.  View it here:  NRA’s Lewis & Clark Assault Rifle

  • One thought on “Look At Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Assault Rifle’ with High Capacity Magazines

    1. Very interesting firearm, never seen something even close to it. nice to see videos like this one hopefully more in the future.

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