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September 12, 2013

Wisconsin Angler Lands 200-Year-Old Flintlock

By Ben Romans

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin angler Ray Groff was fishing Lake Winnebago on September 4th, 2013, when he pulled up anchor and discovered a 200-year-old flintlock rifle stuck to the end.

He told the Fond du Lac Reporter he saw the barrel first and immediately knew what he had snagged, even though most of the stock was missing and the 47-inch barrel was covered with zebra mussels. Ironically, there was still a piece of flint lodged in the hammer—frozen in the half-cocked position.

The origins of the rifle aren’t known, though the area is historically famous for hosting frontier trappers and Native American tribes in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Groff thinks someone traveling to or from a trading post may have lost it overboard.

Other than applying some type of sealant, Groff says he plans to display the gun exactly how he found it on a wall next to his other trophy, a mounted 44-inch northern pike.

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from gator fan 2017 wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

Cool find!

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from buckhunter wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

Losing your flintlock could possibly mean a slow death for a traveler 200 years ago.

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from FirstBubba wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

WOW!
Had a friend (rest his soul!) who refurbished a Civil War era rifle found in a storage shed on a farm.
The rifle now resides in the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville, Texas.
It's the only known surviving rifle made at the Kickapoo Rifle Works south of Frankston, Texas.

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from stick500 wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

I'd love to see a pic of the gun. What a great keepsake to pass on to another generation.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Stick: click on the link to the newspaper article for a video clip that includes the musket (not a rifle).

I'm almost certain the piece is a long version of the Brown Bess musket, a standard issue British military weapon and favorite trade item with Native Americans for nearly three hundred years.

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from Larry Bragg wrote 29 weeks 1 day ago

many year's ago in the mother lode past Sacramento ca found a flint lock where a tree had grown around it.. went back several times and never found it but found a nice gold nugget or 2 in that area .......South fork of the feather river !!!!!!

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from gator fan 2017 wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

Cool find!

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from buckhunter wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

Losing your flintlock could possibly mean a slow death for a traveler 200 years ago.

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from FirstBubba wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

WOW!
Had a friend (rest his soul!) who refurbished a Civil War era rifle found in a storage shed on a farm.
The rifle now resides in the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville, Texas.
It's the only known surviving rifle made at the Kickapoo Rifle Works south of Frankston, Texas.

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from stick500 wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

I'd love to see a pic of the gun. What a great keepsake to pass on to another generation.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Stick: click on the link to the newspaper article for a video clip that includes the musket (not a rifle).

I'm almost certain the piece is a long version of the Brown Bess musket, a standard issue British military weapon and favorite trade item with Native Americans for nearly three hundred years.

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from Larry Bragg wrote 29 weeks 1 day ago

many year's ago in the mother lode past Sacramento ca found a flint lock where a tree had grown around it.. went back several times and never found it but found a nice gold nugget or 2 in that area .......South fork of the feather river !!!!!!

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