Magazine February 23, 2009, Issue


A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, Second Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo: Sergeant Austin Long)

Pennsylvania-Kentucky Longrifles

I’d like, if I may, to correct some misperceptions about what I do and do not argue in my book American Rifle: A Biography — reviewed in the December 15 NR (“Politics in the Round”) and subsequently the subject of a letter to the editor (“Loaded History,” January 26) — that seem to have crept into the discussion.

First, letter-writer Charles Knapp is correct to say that the major battles of the Revolution were fought along “European” lines (that is, by Continental soldiers conventionally trained to advance in straight lines with bayonets fixed), not by riflemen using what might today

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