From the famous collection of Joe Kindig, the origin of this pleasing rifle is unknown. This is one of those rifles that just feels great when you first get it in your hand and even better when put to the shoulder. Probably dating from the Revolutionary period, John Bivins speculated that it could possibly be from North Carolina and included it as plate # 2 in his book, “Longrifles of North Carolina”.
His rational was that the architecture is somewhat like that of Rowan County as is the fore-stock molding. The low relief carving on this piece is of fine quality, and today most students will agree has somewhat the feel of Hanover, Pennsylvania or perhaps closer to the western part of the state around Pittsburgh. Regardless of the geographical location of its manufacture, it’s a wonderful example of a Revolutionary War period American Longrifle.