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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 1745


I know that there were Kentucky Long Rifle makers in KY in the 1770's. My question is why was it called the KY Rifle and were there any gunsmith schools in Ky that you are aware of?


There were longrifles made in Kentucky, but there were no schools of gunsmithing there that I an aware of. The American rifle, longrifle, Pennsylvania rifle, squirrel rifle and Kentucky rifle are all one and the same rifle. The nickname "Kentucky" grew out of a popular ballad "The Hunters of Kentucky" which was written to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. In that battle a total of 1986 riflemen from Tennessee and Kentucky, armed with the civilian Longrifles, successfully held off six thousand British troops. The "Hunters of Kentucky" ballad contained a verse "But Jackson he was wide awake, and wasn't scar'd at trifles, For well he knew what aim we take with our Kentucky rifles." The name stuck.

Submitted By: J.D. Polley On: 7/31/2002 1:53:19 PM

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