KENTUCKY FLINTLOCK RIFLE1138 by DENIX Made by the same gunsmiths who crafted the Kentucky long rifles, this shorter version of late 18th/early 19th Century rifle was know as "Old Betsy" to many a country man including the likes of Daniel Boone & Davy Crockett. The name “Kentucky Rifle” is largely a misnomer - they were primarily made in Pennsylvania, although Maryland and Virginia gunsmiths contributed a fair share. The "Kentucky" name came as a result of the Battle of New Orleans, which was substantially won by two thousand riflemen from Kentucky, armed with the rifles and pistols that quickly became known by the name of their adoptive state. Famed for their accuracy, the rifles exhibited clean, uncluttered lines in design that they have also become known for. This non-firing replica has all of the features of the original, including a full length wood stock with antique blued finish barrel, frizzen and lock plate, complemented by simulated brass trigger guard stock furniture. Rotate the frizzen, cock the hammer, and pull the trigger – the hammer falls just as it did for Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett more than 250 years ago.
During the Revolution, demoralized English officers wrote home about a new type of American-made long-barreled "rifle" backwoodsmen used with astonishing skill. The Kentucky rifle was one of the first to feature a "rifled" bore which made it extremely accurate for its time and made it a more accurate musket past fifty yards when compared to the British Brown Bess. When the war was won, the new government paid debts to its officers by offering land grants in untamed land. Claiming their acreage, these adventurers brought their rifles to Kentucky with them. Near the end of the lost War of 1812, American spirits were raised when five thousand Americans, including two-thousand frontiersmen with long barreled guns, under the command of General Andrew Jackson, defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans.
Note: You must 18 years of age or older to purchase this pistol. These handsome collector model guns are made of antique finished zinc cast metal and polished European hardwoods. The screw heads are molded into the metal and cannot be removed. These models cannot withstand misuse or excessive dry-firing. Cannot be made to fire real ammunition.