The Importance of the Kentucky Rifle in the Development of Our Country

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Thursday November 13, 2014
      3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Location: GTRI Conference Center
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Contact

Tim Boone
timothy.boone@gtri.gatech.edu
404-407-7645

Summaries

Summary Sentence: Presentation and display of 18th and early 19th century rifles, America's first unique art form.

Full Summary: Highly prized examples of this early American art form will be available for viewing at the event. This is a rare opportunity to view guns from private collections.

Media
  • Kentucky Rifle Foundation Kentucky Rifle Foundation
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The Kentucky Rifle Foundation has produced a historical presentation on “The Importance of the Kentucky Rifle in the Development of Our Country,” that includes:

  • The immigration of Swiss/ German gunsmiths to Pennsylvania beginning in 1682
  • The evolution of the Jaeger rifle into the American Longrifle
  • 2nd and 3rd generation migration of gunsmiths South and West
  • The ‘Golden Age’ of the Kentucky Rifle [17 examples]
  • How the American Longrifle became known as the Kentucky Rifle
  • The tactical use of the rifle in the Rev War and War of 1812
  • The general use of the smooth rifle and rifled bore in Colonial times

Henry I. Bishop and Wayne Elliott are long-time students and curators of the American longrifle. They have published several articles and books on the subject. Mr. Bishop was the founding president of the Kentucky Rifle Foundation and is responsible for the publication of a number of books on the longrifle. Furthermore, in the case of Mr. Bishop, he personally witnessed the effectiveness of the longrifle in the struggle for independence during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, whereas Mr. Elliott has studied that era and stands in awe of his elder colleague. Both are Georgia residents.

Highly prized examples of this early American art form will be available for viewing at the event. This is a rare opportunity to view guns from private collections.

Additional Information

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Public
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Keywords
colonial history, historical artifacts, rifle
Status
  • Created By: Michael Hagearty
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Sep 5, 2014 - 7:40am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:09pm