Arms Makers of Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Author: Stacy B. C. Wood and James B. Whisker
Publisher/Date: Bedford, PA: Old Bedford Village Press, 1991
Format/Condition: Used glossy pictorial hardcover book in Very Good condition: manufacturing flaw of wrinkle in cover; cover lightly rubbed. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 142 pages. Dimensions: 8 x 11 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: Nearly all studies of the Pennsylvania-Kentucky long rifle assume that this distinctively American rifle was invented in Lancaster County sometime in the second quarter of the 18th century. It was not a sudden development but represented an evolution fro the German juerger (hunter) rifle, long in use in Middle Europe. The earliest dated rifle located so far was made by John Schreidt and dated 1761.