As settlers came to this country they brought their firearms with them.  Most were fowlers, as the fowler was the best choice for the early settlers.

Fowlers have a long smooth bore barrel with the versatility to shoot bird shot or a patched round ball.  Bird shot is the choice load for small game while the heavy patched round ball is better suited for deer, elk and bear.  This one weapon, the fowler, is effective for most game up to a distance of 70 yards.  It is faster to reload and is therefore a good choice in warfare.