A 1958 photo of a Bedford County rifle made by John Amos

This antique Bedford County percussion rifle is from a photograph of gun collector Calvin Hetrick that was published in the February 14, 1958 of the "Bedford County Press". This muzzle loading rifle is featured as a product of the gunmaker John Amos on page 47 of the 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" and on page 48 of the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties". The patch box, with its five piercings and Q-shaped finial, is a very common style in the Bedford School of gunsmithing. The barrel pin escutcheons have a shape that looks generally like a bird flying directly toward or away from the viewer.

This is a 1958 b&w photo of a rifle made by John Amos. Photographs of this rifle are included on page 47 of the 1991 book 'Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties' and on page 48 of the 2001 book 'Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties'.

This Somerset and Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith project is intended to be a collaborative effort with gun collectors, historians, genealogists, etc. who may have information or photos to share.

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