1739 Mass Militia law requiring Musket bore or bastard musket bore guns
BOSTON, Sept.iy. ! Paragraph from the Province Law relating 9 Fire-Arms, &JV. That every lifted Soldier and other HoiifiiolcErtl (except Troo-. .persj . fhall be always provided with a well fixt Firdcck Mufquet, xf Mufquet or Baftard-Mufquet Bore ; the Barrel not lefs than-three Foot and a half long, or other good Fire Arms, to the Sa-, tisfadtion of the Commifiion Officers of the Company, a Snap-lack, Cartouch-box, one Pound of good Powder, twenty Bullets fit for his Gun, and twelve Flints, a good.Sword or Cutlafti, a Worm and Priming-wire fit for his Gun ; on Penalty of Six Shillings for want of luch Arms as is hereby required, and Two Shillings for each other Defect, and the like Sum for every 4 Weeks he fhall remain unprovided : The Fine to be paid by Parents for .their Sons under Age, and under their command ; and by Mailers or Heads of Families, for their Servants, other than Servants upon Wages, ' N. B. The above Fines muft be paid in Bills of die new .Tenor. It is determined hy the Commiflion Officers cf the Regiment in this Town to make a fir id View cf Arms on hur day next.