Originally Posted by Dragoon44
Noah Webster began his work on his dictionary in 1808 completing it and publishing it in 1828.
The meaning of the word regulated.
REG'ULATED, pp. Adjusted by rule, method or forms; put in good order; subjected to rules or restrictions.
In the parlance of the day, regulated meant "practiced" as applied to troop formations.
So a well regulated militia was one that practiced and trained.
Militias are both unorganized and organized. The unorganized milita would be average citizens.
In order the that the unorganized militia, the people be well regulated, their rights to should not be infringed or you're gonna be restricting their practice time. Folks need to be able to go out and shoot regularly.