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#3133882 - 01/21/13 11:07 PM Battle of New Orleans Rifle
Wobblyshot1
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I was in Warrior, Alabama this weekend delivering parts for my "retirement flintlock" to my builder. He is also a friend and Contemporary Longrifle Association artisan,who, along with another of the artisan builders were in the progress of building The CLA raffle rifle for their big show in Lexington, Ky this coming August. I had no idea that they would be there working on the giveaway rifle and was pleasantly surprised to find that the original rifle that they were duplicating was on hand as well. Now, finding an original flintlock in this excellent condition would be rare at best, but one with a documented history is like...WOW!

I was allowed to examine, handle and even sight down that long barrelled piece of American history. Kinda made me have cold chills just thinking about the part this rifle played in the formation of our nation. That day, it was in the hands of an American militiaman, citizen soldier on the right flank of General Jackson's army. They were assaulted by what was at that time the mightiest army in the world and they stood their ground. One early account said that when the redcoated rascals poured over into the redoudt that the militia was defending everyone of them was made to "bite the dust". It was a great day and I just thought I'd share.

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#3133988 - 01/22/13 06:43 AM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: Wobblyshot1]
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Very,very nice!
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#3133995 - 01/22/13 06:49 AM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: TNtrapper]
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That is great
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#3134005 - 01/22/13 07:16 AM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: KPH]
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Absolutely beautiful.
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#3135172 - 01/22/13 08:01 PM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: BlountArrow]
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Nice piece of history with a great story to go along.
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#3136346 - 01/23/13 05:24 PM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: huntinman]
mathews338
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Very nice, how long is the barrel?
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#3136761 - 01/24/13 12:42 AM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: mathews338]
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#3137005 - 01/24/13 08:34 AM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: mathews338]
Wobblyshot1
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 Originally Posted By: mathews338
Very nice, how long is the barrel?

The rifle's barrel is 42 inches iong and is in .47 caliber. The gun was built in Virginia probably around 1805 by J Sheetz. He, along with his brother, were quite active in the gun building trade through the early to mid 1800s. The rifle has its original hand forged flintlock and even its original ramrod. The only thing not original to the gun is the engraving on the patchbox lid which was added some time after the battle. The patchbox is inscibed:

"This rifle was used by my father Wm. Ross, member
of Capt. Tho. Beale's Company of New Orleans Riflemen
in defence of N. Orleans.
1814-1815
James Ross 1835"
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#3137032 - 01/24/13 09:00 AM Re: Battle of New Orleans Rifle [Re: Wobblyshot1]
mathews338
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that's awesome!
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