Dating percussion rifles
William invited his brother, John Jason, to join him, and the business continued to grow.
The company name changed to W&J Rigby as early as 1823.
Many firearms makers had displays there, including Rigby.
The following is from the exhibition catalogue: “ – 236.
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However, the John Rigby who founded the company was not born until 1758 and opened his gunmaking business in Dublin, Ireland, in 1775.
The founding John Rigby died and the firm passed to his son William.
RIGBY, WILLIAM and JOHN, 24 Suffolk Street, Dublin — Manufacturers.
Complete Indian or Highland outfit, consisting of a double rifle, double shot gun, and pair of extra barrels, forming, when required, twin double guns, with additional rifle barrels, and the locks, stocks, etc., all adjusted to one fit.
In the newly settled over-mountain areas local copies such as the Tennessee Poor Boy were made by gunsmiths and blacksmiths.
The colonists during the Revolutionary War favored Kentucky Rifles since they had used them for hunting and when fighting the British, they definitely knew how to use them.