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Berks County Long Rifles & Gun Makers 1750-1900 Hardcover – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Eastwind Publishing for The Historical Society of Berks County; 1st edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887762086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887762083
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrick Hornberger is an author of books and magazine articles on America history. He is the past Editor/Publisher of ANTIQUE COLLECTING Magazine and a member of the Kentucky Rifle Association and the Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Association.

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Patrick Hornberger has been associated with numerous magazines such as The SKIPPER, MOTOR BOATING & SAILING, MARYLAND MAGAZINE and was founder of COUNTY LIFE and ANTIQUE COLLECTING magazines. He is currently Publisher of Eastwind Publishing a book publisher in Maryland USA.

He has authored FORGOTTEN BEACONS, BAY BEACONS, BERKS COUNTY LONGRIFLES & GUNMAKERS, and THE LANCASTER LONG RIFLE and is currently writing, MASTERPIECES OF THE AMERICAN LONG RIFLE - The life and collections of Joe Kindig, Jr.

He has contributed articles on antiques and antique firearms to numerous magazines including THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Schaeffer on December 5, 2012
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This book is a photographic collection of a large number of "Berks County" school flintlocks that were grouped for a show in Reading, PA several years ago. Show is over, but the book is a great substitute for those who could not make it. Exquisite photographs that would be a useful reference for any modern builder, but the part I liked best was the write-up. You often hear about the different rifle schools, but there are relatively few references that allow you to know exactly what features make a rifle belong to a specific school of gunmaking, and builders place great importance on having features consistent with a particular school. You can't show up at a gun fair with a Berks County rifle with Lancaster County "furniture" or everyone will snicker (this is like pairing stripes with polka dots, or wearing white after Labor day). This book has a nice history of the berks county rifle, and points out complex relationships among the gunsmiths who worked there. It also does a good job of showing variation within styles, and how some crossover occurred among them. A great look at the flintlock rifle, which was the most lethal weapon of its time, yet elevated to folk art by personalized decorations that were often deeply spiritual. Except for some that that featured engravings of topless women with really big boobies. I guess that might be considered spiritually uplifting if you were a guy alone in the wilderness. The author has a forthcoming book on Lancaster rifles that I am ordering. Expensive, but worth it. And unlike most flintlock books, the writing is clear and devoid of meaningless arguments about minute differences among gunmakers. It is organized well.
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