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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.

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle"
General Pershing U.S. Army

The 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 Rifle

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 Trigger

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 offered.

The Cheek Piece

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.


Side Plate

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 museum.

"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem."
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