Jamestown, A Timeline of their weaponry

  • Jamestown has matchlocks with some wheel locks and snaphaunces.

  • "John Smith reports 300 muskets, snaphaunces and wheellocks at Jamestown."

  • "all musketeers must carry muskets and officers, including sergeants and corporals, must carry snaphaunces or firelocks."

  • Period: to

    "1,089 firearms listed as being in the colony, of which only 47 are matchlocks."

  • "everyone is using flint arms and no matchlocks are being used. The use of the matchlock was not abandoned in Europe until the early 1700's.'

    In America the need for the best firearms was prominent.