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Welcome to Hampshire County Long Rifles.  As you follow this blog we will learn about the Gunsmiths  that operated in West Virginia from 1750-1900 and the rifles they made.  While "Hampshire County Long Rifles " is our title, we will cover all  early gunsmiths who operated in West Virginia .


 Please feel free to comment, and or ask questions.  Remember if it is about West Virginia Rifles or Gunsmiths, who practiced their art in our state from 1750-1900 we will be discussing it, and want to hear and see what you have. Check back often as we will be adding more in the following months.  Thank you for participating.

February 24 2013



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A word or two about Hampshire County gun makers.


Hampshire County was home to at least forty known Gunsmiths. Those gunsmiths made complete rifles and kept these " Kentucky Rifles", "Home Rifles" or "Long Rifles" in  good shooting condition. They practiced their craft here in these hills from the last quarter of the eighteenth century through the very end of the nineteenth century.

The abundance of rifle makers was in good part due to the North Western Pike. When our ancestors packed up and headed West many of them came through Hampshire County. They needed new rifles, and old guns repaired. Of course, those who stayed here also had much need of a good rifle. Please keep in mind that Hampshire County was much larger than it is today and some of these gun makers may have operated in current Mineral County. These gunsmiths are still considered Hampshire County Gunsmiths by collectors and students of our county's history.

 





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