Author Topic: Browning, Abel 121107-4  (Read 3692 times)

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Browning, Abel 121107-4
« on: November 24, 2012, 05:00:30 PM »














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A very late gun, it seems, but it is still a highly facinating piece. It has a lot of Huntingdon County, PA about it and the obituary tells us that Abel Browning, the maker, moved around rather frequently. The fact that is intriguing me is that this gun could very well have been made it the 1900s and by a musically talented maker who broadcast on the radio. Can't tell you why, but that fact is a grabber. This supports the notion that KY Rifles have been made in this country from the mid 1700s or so, down to today without interuption.
As to the gun itself; it's a fine rifle and one that would be fun to own and shoot. It has all of the good aspects of a gun made in the percussion era and is in fine condition. As curt said, "It belongs in the Library."
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This is a clean, original rifle that provides a great example of this maker's work. We seldom get a rifle in this condition for the virtual museum, so it provides a fine example of Browning's work. It has good details for such a late rifle, even more than expected in its fancy side plate, cheekpiece inlay, and engraved details...a great example for the museum that we are fortunate to have.
In Memory of Lt. Catherine Hauptman Miller 6/1/21 - 10/1/00 & Capt. Raymond A. Miller 12/26/13 - 5/15/03...  They served proudly.