Back in the American Revolution, the Redcoats had essentially the same kind of long gun as the militiamen who brought their hunting weapons out to dance with Brown Bess, correct? Training and discipline were vastly different, to the Redcoats’ advantage, but it wasn’t the case that the Redcoats had something on their shoulders that was orders of magnitude better than what the colonists were using to kill deer, right?
These days, the military has F-22s. I can’t have an F-22. I could have a landing field and everything all lined up, but the most I could land on it is a civil aviation aircraft. That isn’t the same as an F-22. A civil aviation aircraft is barely even the same kind of thing as an F-22. There are orders of magnitude difference involved on multiple scales.
By WWI, at least a few of the various armies had machine guns. Were those legal for private citizens anywhere that had functional laws to possess at the time? I know private citizens could own biplanes; how did those compare military-versus-civilian back then? Also, by WWI, navies could have battleships, whereas in the late 18th Century I wonder if the best ships the various navies could have acquired would have been better than the best ships private individuals would have been legally allowed to own.