Samuel Spangler flintlock rifle

The photo below is from Dillin's 1924 book "The Kentucky Rifle", and shows an antique flintlock muzzle loading rifle that was made by the gunsmith Samuel Spangler. Mr. Spangler worked as a gunsmith in Somerset County, PA before moving to Green County, Wisconsin circa 1844 and establishing a gun shop there. Given that this is a flintlock rifle, it was probably made in Somerset County, Pennsylvania before Mr. Spangler moved to Wisconsin.

As mentioned by the snippet included below, this muzzleloader weighs 11.25 pounds, has a 45.5-inch octagonal barrel, and has an overall length of 60.5 inches. With such a long barrel, this gun clearly deserves the name "Pennsylvania long rifle". At 60 balls per pound, the caliber of this rifle is about 0.43-inches.

A black & white halftone image of an antique flintlock muzzle loading rifle that was made by the gunsmith Samuel Spangler, who worked in Somerset county, PA and Green County, Wisconsin.

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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