The Golden Age
The very first Kentucky rifles appeared about 1710 and were comparatively plain guns. A typical example was .45 caliber and had a 44-inch barrel, a double-set trigger, a low silver-blade front sight, and a fixed open rear. It weighed between 8 and 9 pounds and had a maple stock with a patch box. But then Kentuckies became fancier, leading to their "golden age," which lasted roughly from 1770 until 1830.