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Offline Cades Cove Fiddler

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SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« on: July 16, 2021, 12:52:32 AM »
..... Steven Gibson (1812-1860) was the first known of a family of gunsmiths from the Boyd's Creek area of Sevier Co. Tennessee,... this family made and repaired longrifles from Steven's first build up until the passing of his grandson Wiley Gibson in 1948,... I recently became aware of a Steven Gibson longrifle that has never been on public display,... just thought you might like to see a few photos,.. cannot get enough of these Tennessee long guns,... !!! ... (last photo is of Wiley Oakley of Gatlinburg TN, taken in the 1930's with a supposed Gibson rifle)  .... regards,... Cades Cove Fiddler,....
















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Offline Cades Cove Fiddler

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2021, 01:02:29 AM »
 ;) ;) ;)... A few great photos of another Steven Gibson longrifle can be seen as rifle number NINE on pages 19-20 in Randal Pierce's great book, " Kentucky Rifles of the Great Smoky Mountains",... CCF

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2021, 03:12:00 AM »
Thanks for sharing, that was a real treat!

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2021, 03:24:59 AM »
Very nice Dana, love those old mountain rifles...! Keep them coming...
See ya at the CLA....!

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2021, 04:22:21 AM »
WOW!  .  Some got it some don't .  This one has the look It  captures your eye and speaks Smokey mountains.   Thank you for letting us see it.
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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2021, 04:53:41 AM »
Who is the fellow in the pic holding rifle?

Oh, great find.   

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2021, 05:20:50 AM »
Looks like you got a good one there Dana. Were you able to take it home with you?

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2021, 05:35:08 AM »
Here's some more information about Wiley Oakley, the fellow holding the rifle:  https://www.visitmysmokies.com/blog/smoky-mountains/the-story-of-wiley-oakley/


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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2021, 06:17:10 AM »
Dana,
Thank you for sharing so many great examples.  This one has one righteous trigger guard!  If only had blacksmithing skills that would be one to replicate.

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2021, 07:02:04 AM »
Here's some more information about Wiley Oakley, the fellow holding the rifle:  https://www.visitmysmokies.com/blog/smoky-mountains/the-story-of-wiley-oakley/

That was interesting, thanks for posting. 

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2021, 08:34:38 AM »
This is some moon howling good history. Thank you for letting the rest of us in on the story, the early photo and the sweetheart of a rifle.
Dick

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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2021, 02:56:51 PM »
Congratulations on a fine rifle, the mountains really generated an amazing history.

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2021, 03:26:08 PM »
Thanks for sharing the pics.  She's a beauty.  Love the trigger guard. 

Cheers,
Ken
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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2021, 04:19:33 PM »
  C.C.F. Thanks for posting. Another fine discovery you did.
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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2021, 02:04:12 AM »
C.C.F. That Gibson clan must have been quite well off. Youíll never see early pictures of my ancestors with those tall boots with the tops in tact. They were all cut off like Lilí Abnerís so the tops could be used to make brogans for the little children. In fact my family still has a little pair of home made shoes made from boot tops.

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2021, 06:11:41 AM »
Wonder rifle and history. Thanks for posting!
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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2021, 03:06:51 AM »
Love that ramrod entry thimble thingy! Very cool rifle. And that ramrod is loooong! 🤣

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Re: SMOKY MOUNTAIN LONGRIFLE
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2021, 02:55:49 PM »
Fiddler
Comparing the rear entry thimble of this rifle with the same in the old photograph of Wiley, they would appear to be by the same maker. Perhaps, it just the photo, but the rear sight has a VERY thin notch. Definitely for "young" eyes! Would love to know additional details such as barrel length,, diameter, caliber, and closeups of rib, rib attachment, thimbles, etc. Wonderful SMR! Thanks for sharing!
J.B. Jett

PS. Yet another long ramrod on a SMR!