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Old February 15, 2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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A pair of Kentucky Rifles

The original rifle was a gift to my grandmother from a long time family friend. The story is that the rifle was shortened and given as a gift to a young man as his first rifle. The rifle was converted from flintlock to percussion at the same time.

The second rifle was built by my father as a gift to my mother many years ago. As you can see the he was inspired by the original. The barrel length was extended and he went back to the original flintlock ignition. While the pull is a little short it is still comfortable to shoot and reasonably accurate. My mother preferred light charges of FFF (40 to 50 grains) feeling that it improved ignition. I doubt that it made much difference, that said she shot it extremly well and lock time was quick and reliable.

Thank you for looking, I hope you enjoy.
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Old February 15, 2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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I did enjoy. Both the original and copy are beautiful rifles. I really love percussion and flintlock Kentucky style rifles. Fun to shoot and a joy to handle.
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Old February 15, 2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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Those are beautiful, Troutcreek. Thank you for posting them.
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Old February 16, 2013, 12:17 AM   #4
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Very nice!
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Old February 16, 2013, 12:36 AM   #5
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A pair of Kentucky Rifles

Outstanding guns with a great story. Nice to see these classics instead of a bunch of black plastic tactical stuff for a change.
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Old February 16, 2013, 04:21 AM   #6
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Good looking rifles.
Thanks for sharing
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Old February 16, 2013, 05:47 AM   #7
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Yes...

The provenence is a good ingredient to the overal picture.
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Old February 16, 2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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Those look just like Pennsylvania rifles to me.
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Old February 16, 2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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Those look just like Pennsylvania rifles to me.
Pennsylvania/Kentucky, same thing.

Those are very nice rifles.
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Old February 16, 2013, 12:09 PM   #10
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I used the term Kentucky Rife in it’s generic term. The following link is an excellent write up regarding the name. http://johno.myiglou.com/kyrifle.htm
Thanks for the interest in the rifles.
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Old February 16, 2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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Rifles are very nice. And the history you've written is indeed interesting. Curious about one thing troutcreek. Do you have an idea when these events happened?
A ball park answer concerning the dates would be more than sufficient. I like a good old time story like everyone else here. But when there dated. Sir that makes it even more interesting for us history buffs._
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Old February 16, 2013, 10:16 PM   #12
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I agree. Those are very nice rifles troutcreek. Think you for showing them.
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Old February 17, 2013, 08:26 PM   #13
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Beautiful! LOVED the story.

Loved the curly maple stocks too!

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Old February 17, 2013, 08:42 PM   #14
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Rifles are very nice. And the history you've written is indeed interesting. Curious about one thing troutcreek. Do you have an idea when these events happened?
A ball park answer concerning the dates would be more than sufficient. I like a good old time story like everyone else here. But when there dated. Sir that makes it even more interesting for us history buffs._
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Good point Sure Shot...
I don’t recall all the details but I’ve been Investigating.

The original rifle was owned by John Shaw (the young man). I met Mr. Shaw when I was quite young in the late 50’s, he was elderly at the time. He seemed ancient to me but I was 6 or 7 years old so my perspective may not have been the best. Like I said before he was a good friend of my Grandparents. My Grandmother in particular who helped and befriended him. I believe John passed away in the early 60’s but don’t know the year. I don’t exactly know why but I believe that Mr. Shaw was born and raised in Michigan (I’m trying to confirm this now). The rifle ownership passed to my Grandmother in the 60’s then to my parents in the early 70’s.

The flintlock version was made by my father Raymond Taylor sometime between 1976 to 1980 and my gut feel is that it was made in 1979.

Take care, I wish I knew more..
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Old February 18, 2013, 09:59 AM   #15
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Look like nice rifles. Wish the photography was better.
Great heritage in both.
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