April is not merely the soggy staging for May flowers. Historically, April boasts the first skirmishes of the Revolutionary War. Our burgeoning nation said “Enough!” to the tyrannies of King George III: the “Shot Heard Round the World” sounded, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord ensued.
Ordinary men — militiamen — armed with whatever firearm they owned or could borrow fought and fought courageously:
The militiamen of Lexington and Concord consisted of all able-bodied males aged 16 through 60, from its gentlemen and yeomen to its laborers and apprentices, excluding the town’s Harvard students and a dozen African American slaves. All provided their own arms except for a few poor men who had to borrow them.
The patriots made good many shots at various distances. The Redcoats fired more rounds per hit than did the Americans. Some 50 Americans were killed, 39 wounded, and 5 missing, for a total of 94 casualties. According to Gage, the Redcoats suffered 65 killed, 157 wounded, and 27 missing, for a total of 272 casualties.
The patriots exhibited excellent marksmanship for shooting flintlocks in anger, many for the first time in their lives.
This great heritage of bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, this legacy of hard-fought freedom, must be remembered, and must be taught to upcoming generations.
At this moment it is more important than ever to influence public opinion about our God given, Constitutionally affirmed civil liberty to keep and bear arms.
The “Shot Heard Round the World Day” is just that event. It allows us as firearms owners and industry representatives to share the message that without April 19, 1775 there would have been no July 4, 1776. If Colonial Militiamen had not stood their ground against a tyrannical government that sought to take their cannons, arms, powder, and ball, then we would still be subjects of a King and not citizens of a Republic.
The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day” is about going to a shooting range with family, friends, preferably bringing someone who has never shot before, and sharing our love of freedom.
ROBAR would like to help you celebrate Patriot’s Day, and the very spirit of Patriot’s Day, by renewing and refinishing your firearm!
The April / Patriots’ Day Special is 10% discount on all ROBAR proprietary (NP3, Roguard, PolyT2) metal finishes on complete rifles and shotguns.
So carry on of the spirit of the heroes of Lexington and Concord! And never forget the price that was paid for our Independence and the part firearms played!