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Kentucky Rifles

The Kentucky rifle is known by many different names including the Pennsylvania rifle and the long rifle. The Kentucky rifle was one of the most manufactured American rifles in the 1700s and was used extensively in the American Revolution.

The Kentucky rifle was originally a flintlock design, but evolved into a percussion rifle as the technology became prominent. It was built by immigrating German gunsmiths that brought with them the idea for the Kentucky rifle.

The Kentucky rifle is characterized by its long barrel that increased the accuracy of the firearm. The Kentucky rifle’s barrel was an oddity compared to modern European rifles, but proved to be an advantage. The weapon was reportedly accurate enough for marksmen to target British officers on horseback. The Kentucky rifle was often made with ornate solid wood stocks. The rifles were designed in a wide variety of calibers, most commonly .40 and .48-caliber ball.


Quick Facts

  • The 1955 film "Kentucky Rifle" is an ode to the rifle, including a descriptive monologue of the rifle
  • The name Kentucky rifle came from an 1812 song "The Hunters of Kentucky"
  • The Kentucky rifle is still produced by companies manufacturing authentic replicas for collectors

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ANTIQUE 18TH CENTURY J. COOPER KENTUCKY FLINTLOCK RIFLE
Aug 04, 9:00 AM MST
ANTIQUE 18TH CENTURY J. COOPER KENTUCKY FLINTLOCK RIFLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$92017 Bids
SIGNED FULLSTOCK BEDFORD COUNTY PERCUSSION
Jul 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SIGNED FULLSTOCK BEDFORD COUNTY PERCUSSION
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$6505 Bids
LEMAN MARKED HALF STOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
LEMAN MARKED HALF STOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Reading School Golden Age Kentucky Rifle
Aug 24, 9:00 AM CDT
Reading School Golden Age Kentucky Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $17,000- $22,500
$15,0000 Bids
Peter Berry Golden Age Flintlock American Long Rifle
Aug 25, 9:00 AM CDT
Peter Berry Golden Age Flintlock American Long Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $18,000- $27,500
$16,0000 Bids
Don King Contemporary Flintlock American Long Rifle
Aug 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Don King Contemporary Flintlock American Long Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids
19TH C. TIGER MAPLE KENTUCKY LONG GUN.
Jul 31, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. TIGER MAPLE KENTUCKY LONG GUN.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
A. Angstadt "Kentucky" Percussion Swivel Breech Combination Gun
Aug 23, 9:00 AM CDT
A. Angstadt "Kentucky" Percussion Swivel Breech Combination Gun
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,500- $5,500
$3,0000 Bids
Art Holly Swivel Breech Double Barrel Flintlock Rifle
Aug 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Art Holly Swivel Breech Double Barrel Flintlock Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,3000 Bids
Bedford School Flintlock American Long Rifle
Aug 25, 9:00 AM CDT
Bedford School Flintlock American Long Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$2,5000 Bids

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