My point was simply with the firearms of the era, single shot muskets were what they were dealing with. How many of the early citizens had their own cannons? Or mortars?<quoted text>Oh, and it doesn't matter if it was effective at 2 feet or 200 feet, it is a fire arm and it was in production and use at the time. As for firing one shot at a time, all semi-automatics fire one shot at a time. What is your point- that you don't know anything about a gun?
It does matter what a weapon was capable of at that time because that's all they had to deal with.
I know, I know, you're one of those who envisions the Prince of Peace returning with an assault rifle.