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Introducton & Preface
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« on: May 31, 2012, 06:31:04 PM »

                        Gunmakers of the Upper Susquehanna Region

Long missing from the printed literature of Kentucky Rifles has been a volume focused on the makers of the Upper Susquehanna area of Pennsylvania, principally Snyder and Center Counties. This effort, unique in its format in that it will be online, will allow future growth and editing as more information and guns become available. To our knowledge this will be a first of a kind, particularly in regards to the study of the Kentucky Rifle, its makers, their biography and history.

All are welcome to enjoy and are invited to contribute by emailing information and gun photographs to Fred Garner, M.D. ( “Hurricane”), editor.

This work was begun by Richard Nornhold, Jr and a large group of fellow collector and Kentucky Rifle enthusiasts/scholars/ historians whose focus is Snyder County. Collectively we have documented more than 125 makers of Kentucky rifles from Snyder and surrounding counties. A few additional names have been added through research and Internet research.

We wish to acknowledge the photographs contributed from personal collections and Internet auction sites. Owners / contributors will remain anonymous but to all we owe a great debt of thanks for their spirit and generosity.

Gunmakers are listed alphabetically. Each gun will be presented in full format ( right and left) when available, barrel signature, the details of patchbox, cheek and various decorative and construction features. All signed guns presented as authenticated by barrel signature or owner even if the signature is not shown. Any gun not so identified will be presented as “attributed.”

Finally, at the end of the presentation, are several Upper Susquehanna style guns without an identified or attributed maker. Likely there are a few mistakes in this presentation which will be corrected over time as more information and debates continue.

The contents of this site are protected under Copyright Laws of the United States. Reproduction of any contents within will be by written permission only.  

Fred Garner, M.D
Richard Nornhold, Jr
Bruce Miller
The Snyder County Collectors of Upper Susquehanna Longrifles
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