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Calling all long rifles Ky rifles is likely not the origin. Most rifles on the early Frontier originated in Pennsylvania. Your specimen is very interesting. By the time Virginia was expanding the Pennsylvania gun market was slumping. Many gunsmith moved from the Penn state to Virginia. The early Virginia rifles were not different from other Pennsylvania rifles. However with the war with England the rifles made in Virginia began to reflect a Militia styling. Sling swivels on trigger guards and thick wristed stocks. Nice find, don't repair it. :usa2:
 

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Thank you so much for enlightening me about this old gun--I am thrilled to hear that it may have been made right here in Virginia. We are only about 50 or so miles from Rockingham county.
I own an early Virginia rifle made by Jack Garner a master builder. He is a modern historical recreator. The early Virginia "flinters" design says a lot about the Southern Frontier of the past. :usa2:
 
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