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Daniel Boone And The Kentucky Long Rifle
By Col. Carlis B. Wilson
Have you ever thought about how Daniel Boone and others survived the wilderness as frontiersmen? What weapons were used for survival and the ever day hunting and trapping events? In our study of the early exploration of the wilderness we find the rifle/s of the noted Daniel Boone to be the Kentucky Long Rifle. This rifle was about as noteworthy as Mr. Boone himself.
Early German immigrants brought with them the Jaeger rifle and from that firearm was developed the Kentucky rifle of the Revolutionary War. Rivaling the Brown Bess flintlock in the war of Independence was this legendary Kentucky rifle.
Somewhat smaller in caliber but concisely higher in accuracy, the Brown Bess was mostly a close range weapon. The Kentucky long rifle had a much longer range of accuracy, therefore making it a good weapon for greater distance from the enemy. This legendary flintlock rifle was made in Pennsylvania circa 1760 by skilled craftsman from Germany, Austria and possibly Switzerland.
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