The following is to honor the U.S. Marine Corps. I have
not included a price on this rifle, or a photo of the
entire rifle as it is meant only to do honor to, and to
remember those who defend the citizens of the United
States and the freedoms we enjoy. The rifle will be
displayed at Dixons Gun building fair at Kempton
Pennsylvania, July 28th thru the 30th 2017, and then at
the C.L.A. Show in Lexington KY August 17th thru the
19th 2017. The rifle represents the history of the
Marine Corps from November 10, 1775 to the present. I'm
happy to show it at any time requested.
deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle"
General Pershing U.S. Army
Birth of the United States Marine Corps
The legacy of the United States
Marine Corps was born on November 10, 1775, when
Congress commissioned Robert Mullan, the proprietor of
Tun Tavern, located on Philadelphia's historic
waterfront, to raise the first two battalions of
Marines, under the leadership of Samuel Nicholas, the
first appointed Commandant of the Continental Marines.
The U.S. Marines have been the first branch of the armed
forces to serve in every war since that day, and have
mounted over 300 assaults on foreign shores, from the
arctic to the tropics.
The architecture of this rifle is
what Jacob Kuntz used in his long career in
Philadelphia. I used this architecture to remind us that
the inception of the U.S. Marine Corps is Philadelphia.
The barrel is rifled to remind us of those marines who
fought high in the Bonhomme Richard's rigging. They did
have rifles as well as muskets and swept the British
decks to the point that no one could survive an instant
on the deck of the H.M.S. Serapis, as well as remind us
of the effectiveness of the Marine and his rifle in all
of the past wars the marines have fought in.
"I have not yet
begun to fight"
John Paul Jones' incredible will,
the expert marksmanship of his men in the tops, and his
Marines with their rifles proved to be decisive. They
picked off so many British gunners that the British
could not man their deck cannons. Both ships by this
time were in danger of sinking, Captain Person shouted
to Jones, "Sir, do you ask for quarter?" Jones replied,
"No, sir, I haven't as yet thought of it, but I'm
determined to make you strike." The battle lasted from
1830 hrs, to approximately 2230 hrs, when the Serapis
main mast fell. The battle was over.
World War II - flag
raising on Iwo Jima
World War II 1941-1945
The Toe Plate and Side Plates of
the Patch Box
The toe plate and side plates of
the patch box represent WWII and the island to island
fighting in the jungles of the islands of the South
Pacific. The shapes used are the center of two complete
circles or "Vesica Pisces" the center of two interacting
circles to represent each annual phase of the war as
denoted by the dates and the heart and soul of the
marines who fought during the campaigns. The vesica
pisces represent the fact that no one stands alone as an
independent circle - that God works through the
interaction of men. Each campaign - each island - and
subsequent victory, could not have been attained without
the will of God at the center of such interaction.
Blood Stripes for the Fallen
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The weeping heart has been used by
gunsmiths for centuries to represent the Fifth Wound of
Christ on the Cross as he wept and died for our sins.
Taking Jesus as your personal savior has healed many a
broken and torn soul. A warrior who has been a
brother to me for over thirty years and was a sniper in
Viet Nam with many kills, suffered horrible flash backs
and nightmares until he received this peace so readily
The Eagle on the fowled anchor with
the six pointed stars is the oldest insignia in
continuous use in the United States. It first appeared,
as shown here, on Marine Corps buttons adopted in 1804.
The stars were changed to five pointed stars later and
are in use today.
This side plate is an original
Civil War Marine Hat Badge that was worn by some Marine
during the Civil War 1861-1865. The photo of the Marine
Hat of the Civil War period is from the Marine Corps
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the
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