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History of the Contemporary Longrifle Association

In 1980, Robert Weil published his book “Contemporary Longrifle Makers”. This was the first comprehensive and authoritative work on the subject. This book sparked the interest of many collectors. One of the many purchasers of this book was Gordon Barlow of Swoope, Virginia.  Through the years, he and several of his collector/builder friends (Earl Lanning, Jud Brennan, Wallace Gusler, Robert Weil, Mark Thomas, Gary Brumfield, Mel Hankla, Ed Louer, Tom Ames and Edmund Davidson, to name a few) discussed the need for a contemporary group to recognize the fine craftsmanship of contemporary muzzleloading firearms and accoutrements made today and the promotion of this period in our country’s history; thus keeping the frontier tradition alive.

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The annual show held in Lexington Ky is something else,...truly a great experience. Hundreds of tables of handcrafted items,...Kentucky Long Rifles and everything imaginable that goes with them,..powder horns, bags, knives, axes, artwork, scrimshaw..you name it. 

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