brief Pennsylvania longrifle History
Pennsylvania longrifle has its origins in Europe. Back in the
Early 1700s, Europeon immigrants arrived in Philadelphia to
start a new life in the new world. Among the new arrivals were
German gunsmiths. From Philly, they traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvainia.
Lancaster became home to the beginning of a long lived gun trade.
rifle that could use less gunpowder and lead was in high demand.
The old Europeon guns were of a high caliber which used more
expensive powder and lead. They were also short and very heavy
to carry in the woods. The gunsmiths began to design and build
a smaller caliber rifle with a longer slimmer style stock, a
"transitional perion". The new kind of rifle was a
smooth bore at first, then came rifling cut into the barrels
for greater accuracy.
stocks were made mainly of curly maple also called tiger striped
maple. Soon more gunsmiths moved to other parts of Pennsylvania,
to the north and east around the Reading, Berks County, Lehigh,
Allentown, Easton, and Bethlehem areas.
rifle production was in full swing, all these gunsmiths working
from different locations began to come up with their own shape
and style of gun stock, brass patchboxes, and fancy carving.
These different styles became known as schools. I can reproduce
any of the schools you may choose. The price depends on how
much brass or silver inlays you wish to add as well as carving
can order anything from a plain rifle to an elaboratly decorated
eighteenth century America, a well-to-do merchant could afford
to order a very fancy rifle for display and to pass down to
his family. A poor frontiersman could only afford a basic lock,
stock and barrel; a poor mans gun which got banged around, dropped
and scratched up during long hunts.
To help you choose which rifle you want, e-mail
me and I will send you a picture sheet of seventeen
schools of rifles to pick from. There are many more schools
than that but the sheet is a good start. I can also custom-build
a design from your ideas.
name is Mike Fisher and I'm helping to keep our American