Expert to Speak February 18th on the Lancaster County Connection to the Pennsylvania/Kentucky Rifle

Lancaster County is known as the center of early Kentucky long rifle making, due to the early development and the number of prominent makers in the Lititz and Lancaster areas.

Join us on Saturday February 18th beginning at 1:30pm when we welcome David Geiger, who will be speaking about the Lancaster connection in regards to the Pennsylvania Long rifle, including the origins, mechanisms, and early history.  He will also talk about important local gunsmiths from the period and characteristics of Lancaster County Rifles.  Additionally, he will address the history behind the name “Kentucky Rifle”, and why this is the term is still used to describe Pennsylvania Long rifles today.

The free lecture will take place at the Lititz Library, located at 651 Kissel Hill Road in Lititz.

Geiger is a fourth generation antique arms firearms collector, dealer, and appraiser; and has been professionally involved in the firearms industry since he was very young. He has been collecting arms and armor since he was five years old and buying and selling as a dealer at shows since age 10.  Today, he has special expertise in Kentucky long rifles; French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, early American guns; and edged weapons. He is currently a Firearms expert for Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA.  Previously, he was a Specialist for Bonham’s in San Francisco’s Arms and Armor Department. He has examined, researched, authenticated, and catalogued thousands of weapons – including those from the estate of Joseph A. Murphy – as well as conducted arms appraisal on behalf of the Smithsonian.


David Geiger


Carved Flintlock Rifle signed Henry Leman


Flintlock Rifle signed Melchior Fordey


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