No problem with the writing. Just excuse my spelling, I have lots of nerve damage to hands and arms. Brain tells hands what to do, hands tell brain that they do what tey want! Comes from a bad wreck on my HD that forced me to learn to walk and do many othr things again at the age of 31 so me 17 years ago. As to what teh colonists were armed with, supriseingly it was the british who armed them so it was the first pattern brown bess! During what we call teh Frenck and Indian War, I believe the British call it by anotehrname, the british shipped thousands of brown besses to the colonies to hand out to militias and natives that were loyal to the Brits. When teh Brits marched on lexington in April of 1774, they were marching to confiscate a cache of Brown besses and powder that had been issued to teh Mass. militia back in the 1750s and 60s. The brits knew that war was a brewing and like Hitler (hate to use that SOB as an example) they knew that the populance neded to be disarmed to crush the up coming rebellion. So the first pattern brown bess was one onf the long arms used a lot. By the way, teh miliria or Minitmen were actually short of balls to shoot so all night before the brits marched on Lexington, the colonists wives sat up melying down pewterplates to make pewter musket balls, jus a little know fact many do not know. They also use rusty nails, glass, rocks, and anything they could drop down te barrel at the siege of Boston. The British Surgeons actually said that the colonists shooting such things set up infection in teh wounded and infection killed more than actual bullets, but getting off subject there. Anotehr long arm that was used was the duth fowlers from the late 1600s and early 1700s. The dutch flooded teh colonies with them to trade to natives and trade to colonists as well. anotehr arm that was present was the early French military musket which looked a lot like teh Dutch Fowler and actually can be concidered a cousin to teh Dutch Fowler. many an English Dog Eared flint lock, a fore runner of the Brown bess was used being it came over with many of the colonists. Also teh German short Jaeger (sp) rifle was used in some quanities buit the new long rifles made here in teh colonies, most in PA, mountains of VA, southern mountaisn of NC and SC were used by different colonial militias although they wee hard to load. These long rifleswith rifled barrels were mostly used as sniper guns on the sides of the battle because the colonists learned early on that if the British Commanders were taken from teh battle, the british soldiers went into a state of confusion for the most part. This sniping was a HUGE matyterof disagreement between the 2 armies, teh Britoish thought it very un-civilized to shoot at officers first, they felt that officers were needed to keep the troops in form less the battle fiel;d be a form of mass confusion! so you had the colonial invented long rifle rifled flit lok used as well. Another arm that wa sused was teh 1763 French Charleville 69 cal. smooth bore musket that the King of france sent over by teh thousands as aid before actual men and ships wee sent. Whane the french Army entered the fray, some of the neer 1777 charleville muskets were used but very few, most of the fremch troops still were issued the 1763 Charleville. Anotehr gun used was the Spanish made guns. These guns were of caliber from 62 caliber clear up to 72 caliber. They were not as many as otehrs but still used. One long arm that has been over loked is what wecalled the Freedome Musket. It was made very closely in lookd to the Brown Bess but it was in a full .80 caliber! anotehr Broitish gun tat the colonists used was teh 65 caliber officers musket to some degree. In a list here are the guns used: Brown bess first pattern 75 caliber smooth bore British Officers musket or carbine 65 caliber smoothe bore early british dog lock muskets in 72 to 75 caliber smooth bore French 1763 Charelivilles in 69 caliber smooth bore Early fremch miliary muskets in 62 caliber smoth bore both brotish and frence fowlers and/or trade muskets in 54 all the way to 75 smooth bore calibers Dutch fowlers in a variety of calibers all smooth bore with smallst being around 50 cal to as big as 75 cal smooth bore Spanish trade arms in smooth bore from 32 cal smooth bore to as big as65 cal smooth bore German Jaeger rifled short rifles in calibers usually lare with 69-72 rifled being teh norm. The Colonila Freedome musket in 80cal smooth bore The colonila invnted rifled long rifles in calibers from 20 caliber to as large as 70+ caliber rifled Also the German Hussens brougt over the german muskets that they wee armed with, have not read any reference material as to nail down caliber. IN short, the british used the Bess mostly as did the Colonials BUT there were firearms of all calibers, from several different countries including Colonial mamufacture, and if it shot a projectile; chances are it was used in the fray some where!!!! I have LOTS of reference material and books on teh American revolution being I re-enact it. I will dig out some of the better title and pas them titles on so you can maybe find them in the UK through inter Library Loan program if you hav eone inthe US. I know we do here in the states. Like I said earlier, I found it very interesting that some of the best known and beter established hand gun makers in teh 18th century were located in Ireland, mostly in the Dublin area. Many of the English officers horse pistols you see here in the states were made in and around Dublin Ireland.