A look at the guns of the Presidents (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
In honor of President’s day, we take a look at some of the hardware associated with the men who have occupied the Oval Office.
A military man, the country’s first Commander and Chief, President George Washington had at least seven sets of pistols recovered from Mount Veron after his death. This set, likely made by William Woolley in the 1760s, is one. (Photo: Mount Vernon)
One of his more treasured pieces was the .71-caliber flintlock pistol given to him by British Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock in 1755 during the French & Indians War when Washington was a Virginia militia officer. Marked with Braddock’s own initials, Washington carried it on campaigns throughout most of his service. It is now in the Smithsonian’s collection. (Photo: Smithsonian)
Pennsylvania gunsmith John Philip Buck presented this flintlock long rifle to President George Washington in 1791. The .44-caliber rifle was similar to those used by elite light infantry units under Washington’s command during the Revolutionary War such as Morgan’s Riflemen. It is now in the Frazier in Louisville (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
As noted by Monticello, Founding Father and primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his 15-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, concerning what he considered the best