Pennsylvania Long Rifle
Posted by J Zook on May 17, 2011 1 Comment
The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle
The Kentucky rifle did not originate in Kentucky. It was first developed in the Pequea Valley, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Very few were made in Kentucky. Owning a rifle in Kentucky was essential for survival but there was no way to build them there. It was almost impossible to transport gun making equipment across the Kentucky wilderness and no one there at that time with the skill needed to make guns. Much better to have them made where equipment, resources, and skilled craftsmen were available and the finished product then brought to Kentucky. Hence the name, "Kentucky Rifle".
The original gun shop where the Pennsylvania Rifle was made is located right next where Jacob Zook started his hex sign business and his gran-daughter continues to operate today.