The Rifle Setting & Symbolism

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cornish McManus establishes his gun shop west of Philadelphia in 1768.

New York

Byam and McNary's Rangers join General George Washington as the American army fights the British during the American Revolution.

Curly Maple

McManus fashions the stock of the Rifle from curly maple, a type of maple that features flame-like striations. Curly Maple is prized for its beauty.

Bainbridge Farm

Byam sees his first action with the Rifle at Bainbridge Farm, where Mr. Bainbridge is being hung for stashing cannon powder for American rebels. From a great distance, Byam shoots and kills the British officer presiding over the hanging .

Elvis-on-Velvet Painting

Harv Kline is not quite convinced by Tim Harrow to fix Harrow's fuel pump just for the Rifle, so Harrow offers him an Elvis Presley painting in addition to the Rifle. Kline accepts, being a rabid Elvis fan.

Connecticut

Sarah stores the Rifle in her...

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