Dickert Rifle

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Dickert Rifle

DICKERT RIFLE. Many writers have referred to a "Deckhard rifle" carried by the "Over Mountain Men" at Kings Mountain. The weapon was actually a long rifle made by Jacob Dickert of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The non-existent "Deckhard" may be a phonetic rendering of "Dickert" or "Deckert." Many weapons, not just the Dickert rifle, are mistakenly identified by the name of the lockmaker; another well-known example is the Golcher (or Goulcher) rifle, named for G. Golcher of Kentucky.

SEE ALSO Murphy, Timothy.


Neumann, George C. Battle Weapons of the American Revolution. Texarkana, Tex.: Scurlock Publishing Company, 1998.

Russel, Carl P. Guns on the Early Frontiers. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1957.

                            revised by Harold E. Selesky