Gunsmithing

Earl Lanning

Gunsmith

Waynesville, NC (Haywood County)

Haywood County native Earl Lanning has been called by the Contemporary Longrifle Association, "...truly one of the founding fathers of this whole contemporary movement, the revival of the American flintlock rifle." Lanning is dedicated to preserving and teaching the art of making Kentucky longrifles, a firearm form that developed in the mid-eighteenth century on the American frontier, and was a specialty of gunsmiths in the North Carolina hills from the time of the Great Wagon Road until the twentieth century.

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