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Wood patchbox rifle (ca. 1760-70) that I made in the Colonial Williamsburg Gunshop in 1973 to be used in the shop for guests to handle and the staff to demonstrate. This rifle was snapped several thousand times a year and shot regularly for about twenty years. It was snapped so many times that it wore completely through two frizzens on the Siler lock.

I hunted with it and this rifle has killed over a dozen deer. It was retired from the display bench about 1993 and purchased by me. I continued to shoot and hunt with it until 2002 when, in a weak moment, I traded it away.

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