Back in the day, when George Washington and his men attacked the Hessians in brutal cold weather, both sides of the army used a certain weapon that was commonly used in that time period, “The good old Musket”. The men sent off with George Washington were armed with this rifle with a supply of ammunition, black powder(which made the projectile come out), and other various items such as clothes and boots, and the other very reliable item, the bayonet. The bayonet was used mostly if they were out of ammunition or if the weather condition was very cold because the rifle wouldnt have been able to ignite the powder. The things that they used for the rifle had to be percisely inserted into the gun or else it would blow up in their face. If the flint lock ( ignitor) didnt ignite the powder than it wouldnt shoot. The projectile was loaded from the muzzle of the rifle. You could literally put anything down that barel that fit and it would shoot out, Such as glass, rocks, or even nails. This is why the Hessians and the men of George Washingtons men used these weapons. George Washington got a very good outcome against the Hessians.