New York: Bonanza Books, 1960. Hardcover. VG- (Slight foxing along edges of book block and on flyleaves; interior pages are clean; lavish signature of former owner on first page.). Dusty rose cloth, 374 pp., 293 BW illus. A history of this signature piece of American history. "The rifle was originally an inventio of craftsmen who lived in central Europe; and because many of them settled in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania became famous for its rifles and riflemakers. The great demand for rifles in the new world created a need for these Pennsylvania products in other areas of America; and there is no doubt that Pennsylvania riflemakers emigrated to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, and the New England states where they continued to work in the tradition of the craft which they learned in Pennsylvania. ... No contemporary record of the eighteenth century is known to indicate the names attached to the rifles made in any of these regions in America; however, in the decade after the Battle of New Orleans a ballad was written abuot the battle and Andrew Jackson and his riflemen from Kentucky. This romantic description seems to have started the practice of calling muzzle-loading rifles 'Kentucky Rifles,' regardless of the place where they were made." (preface).
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