Modern Musket

Editor’s Note: The full title for the following article is “Modern Musket – Changing Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Modern Rifles”. It is written by Robert Hobbs of and it basically sums up exactly what Modern Musket is all about. We are glad to have Robert as a contributor because we feel that now, more than ever, Modern Musket’s message is an important one. ~Matt


The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to preserve our right to keep and bear modern firearms for defensive purposes. This includes the defense of your life from a criminal and the defense of your liberty from tyranny. In the late 18th Century when the Constitution was ratified, the primary long arms were muskets; today they are modern rifles like the increasingly popular AR-15. Indeed times and technologies have changed, however it is imperative that our freedoms remain the same.

Today, the greatest threat that faces our Second Amendment freedoms are so-called “assault weapons” bans. These bans demonize many modern semi-automatic rifles including the AR-15, even though statistically these rifles are rarely used in gun related crimes. This begs the question, “Why the AR-15?” What is the difference between a rifle like a Ruger Mini-14, which is generally not viewed as an assault weapon, and an average AR-15? The answer is essentially nothing except the AR-15 has wrongfully been labeled an “assault weapon” because of its ergonomic and cosmetic features. So, considering these facts, why are these popular rifles being banned? The answer to this question should be very concerning to ALL gun owners.

The top rifle is the popular Ruger Mini-14 and the bottom rifle is an AR-15. Even though they are both semi-automatic, use detachable magazines, and are the same caliber, the AR-15 has been wrongfully labeled an “assault weapon.”

If these purely symbolic, unconstitutional bans are permitted on common semi-automatic rifles simply because of their appearance, what will be next? Will scoped bolt action hunting rifles be labeled “sniper rifles” and be banned? Will all semi-automatic firearms, including handguns and shotguns eventually be banned? These types of future bans could easily become a reality if gun owners do not unite and oppose all infringements upon our Second Amendment freedoms.

It must be understood that so-called “assault weapons” bans heavily infringe upon the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear the very firearms the Second Amendment is intended to protect. Present day rifles like the AR-15 are NOT “assault weapons,” they are simply modern muskets.

The AR-15 is very versatile. This rifle was custom built by the author primarily for varmint hunting.



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9 Responses to Modern Musket

  1. Erinyes August 13, 2012 at 19:40 #

    I’m stealing this and posting it chez moi.

  2. Erinyes August 13, 2012 at 19:48 #

    As soon as WordPress gets its act together and lets me post images…

  3. Scott Bilancia August 13, 2012 at 20:17 #

    Thank you for this post. I’m so tired of people relating the second amendment to hunting and sporting. it’s there to protect against aggressors and tyrannical governments.

  4. G. D. Smith August 13, 2012 at 21:30 #

    Great story, and the beginning of a successful publication. Concerning the explanations, most of know they’re not “assault rifles”. But as for the libtards, don’t waste time trying to explain it to them. It’ll just confuse ’em even more.

  5. Greg loftus August 14, 2012 at 00:42 #

    Society or at least some of it fear the pistol grip, I have no idea why a pistol grip has yet to kill anyone, can you say the same thing about your baseballl bat or tire iron. Pistol grips are harmless.

  6. Thomas D. Sleeva August 14, 2012 at 20:47 #

    Thank you for sharing a real treasure.
    The second amendment was intended entirely for the purpose of each citizens means of self-defense. From criminals, rioting mobs, and if necessary from their own government, as our founding Fathers wrote repeatedly and more eloquently than I can. They (our founding fathers) recognized that throughout history every tyrant, dictator, and authoritarian/totalitarian regime would always disarm the citizenry first. Typically, under the guise of “public safety.” When the citizenry was incapable of defending themselves, the tyrants had a free hand to do as they wished with them. Our founding fathers were very aware of the history of a tyrant destroying a republic, and were analyzing how not to make errors, or leave any loopholes a tyrant could exploit in the Constitution they were writing for us. Read the very heated debates that took place during the Constitutional Convention during 1787-1789.
    Benjamin Franklin’s comments and critiques are especially recommended.

  7. KenSanDiego August 18, 2012 at 16:28 #

    This argument would have more validity if you didn’t feature an AR-15 with a full auto selector. Must have really tough ‘varmints’ out your way.

    • Matt August 18, 2012 at 20:05 #


      You’re comment “would have more validity if you” had a clue what you were talking about. As it stands, your comment has no validity at all since none of the rifles pictured have “full auto selectors.” So called assault weapons bans have nothing to do with full auto weapons anyway.

      • Jason April 13, 2014 at 20:13 #

        Nice custom varminter setup. What’s the coating on that badboy?

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