Stephen Colbert used “The Colbert Report” Monday night to definitively verify Sarah Palin’s claim that Paul Revere’s historic midnight ride involved “ringing those bells” and firing shots to send the British a message about Second Amendment rights, as she said on June 2.

The only way to go about proving Palin’s story, of course, by hopping on a mechanical horse with two powderhorns of gunpowder, a front-loading musket and a handbell and attempting to use all three things at once while riding the bucking steed.

“Prepare to eat historical reenactment!” Colbert said as he climbed onto the horse.

Watch the clip below, originally aired on Comedy Central on June 6, 2011, embedded via Hulu.