Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show: Photos

Photographed at the 2015 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show by Jan Riser.

The Battle of Lexington, 19 April 1775

Oil on canvas by William Barns Wollen (1857-1936), 1910.

This was the first engagement between British and American troops in the American War of Independence (1775-1783). While marching from Boston to seize military stores at Concord, Massachusetts, a British force encountered a group of 'minute men' (militia-men who had undertaken to turn out at a minute's notice) gathered on the green at Lexington. After a brief skirmish, with few casualties on either side, the Americans withdrew and the British went on.
At Concord Bridge some hours later there was a second, more serious skirmish and the British began to withdraw towards Boston. However, they were caught by the arrival of American reinforcements and the retreat soon became a rout. This ended when more British troops arrived at Boston harbour, supported by the Royal Navy. The episode was not a serious military defeat but was politically disastrous for the British. It persuaded many Americans to support the cause of independence and there was a rapid escalation of hostilities which led on to the first major battle of the war at Bunker's Hill the following June.
Copy and photo from National Army Museum.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Antique Flintlock Rifle Possible N.C. School c.1820-30

Antique flintlock rifle possible N.C. school c.1820-30
45" barrel 62 inches overall.
Collection: John Fundukian

Copy and photos supplied by Robert Weil.

Knife by Charlie Wallingford

Photo by Jan Riser.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dixon Raffle Rifle by Nate McKenzie

This rifle, pouch, and horn will be raffled to raise money to support the 2015 Gunmakers Fair at Dixon's Muzzleloading Shop.
All parts and labor were donated by participants in the fair. Tickets are available at the fair or the shop.

Rifle- Southern Mt. Rifle built by Nate McKenzie.
Barrel- Donated and hand rifled at last year's fair by Paul and Mel Hartranft.
Stock wood- Donated by Dunlap.
Barrel inlet and stock profiled by Dave Keck at Knob Mt. Muzzleloading.
Lock- Donated by Jim Chambers.
Other rifle parts donated by Dixon's.
Pouch- Donated by Gary Fatheree,  The Leatherman.
Horn- Donated by Nate McKenzie.
Tow worm and ball puller- donated by Nate McKenzie.

Photos and copy supplied by Nate McKenzie.