A Country and Innovation Born Together
The 13-Part Documentary Series
The History of the Greatest Invention to Shape Our Nation.
It is not known when the first gunpowder charge exploded, sending a projectile down a barrel, to a distant target. Since then, firearm designers and manufacturers have been driven to make guns more accurate, improve reliability, extend their range, and ultimately make guns more alluring. Nearly 400 years has passed since European settlers traveled across the Atlantic, carrying a wheel-lock carbine single-shot musket, now known as the Mayflower Gun, to the new world. From that moment on, guns and America would be forever linked.
This 13-part series explores the history of firearms - which began as a survival tool and became part of the American experience. This documentary chronicles how American firearms innovation propelled the nation to the pinnacle of the industrialized world while designing and manufacturing the most effective and beautiful guns the world had ever seen.
Program 1: The Kentucky Long Rifle and the Revolutionary War
Program 2: U.S. Armories and the War of 1812
Program 3: Breechloaders and Jacksonian Democracy
Program 4: Trouble in Texas and Samuel Colt
Program 5: Prelude to War and Increased Fire Power
Program 6: Guns of the American Civil War
Program 7: The Six Shooter and America’s New Industrial Age
Program 8: The Long Gun and America’s New Industrial Age
Program 9: Dawn of Modern Firearms: Browning and the Spanish-American War
Program 10: Guns of World War I and Gangsters
Program 11: Guns of World War II
Program 12: Guns of Korea, Vietnam and 21st Century Warfare
Program 13: Guns for Hunters, Sport and Protection