This percussion rifle with a curly maple stock was made about 1840 by a member of the West family, who were among many early Kentucky gunmakers. Kentucky long rifles were prized nationwide in the nation’s early years. Collections of early Kentucky rifles are featured in the new book, “Collecting Kentucky 1790-1860” by Genevieve Baird Lacer and Libby Turner Howard with photography by Bill Roughen. Photo by Bill Roughen
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