In an ode to folks that just wanted to be left alone rather than be under the thumb of a king, the country just celebrated Independence Day, and some gun channels delivered a salute to the Red, White, and Blue.

Let's hear it for Freedom. 

Vortex Optics covered the 1766 Charleville smoothbore flintlock musket, which was the Colonial Army's de facto infantry arm in the War of Independence. 


Speaking of American small arms, C&Rsenal this week released a great 18-minute video concentrating on the U.S. infantry arms of the Great War to include the Krag M1898, the M1903 Springfield – including the rare Air Service and Pedersen variants – the Remington Model 10 and Winchester 1897 trench guns, the dreaded (by its users) Chauchat, and more. 


In lighter fare, Who Tee Who stitched out a belt of 7.62 NATO from an M60.



Gun Drummer hit it off with Alestorm's "Drink" accompanied with HK MP5s, a Thompson M1, a full giggle M16A1, and assorted other crowd-pleasers. 



And the History Department at Shadow Systems recently uncovered never-before-seen footage of Washington’s bold crossing of the Delaware River.


Meanwhile, Edwin Sarkissian, with the help of Mark Serbu and his M60, did some explody things in the desert. 



Finally, to take us out, how about My Country, 'Tis of Thee, as performed by the U.S. Navy Band. 


Banner image: "The Minute Man" by sculptor Daniel Chester French represents the citizen soldier of 1775. It is located at Minute Man National Historical Park near Lexington and Concord. (Photo: Chris Eger/

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