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long rifle

Origin of long rifle
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In his left hand he trailed his long rifle, while his right rested upon the buckhorn handle of the knife in his belt.

    Oonomoo the Huron Edward S. Ellis
  • There was a knife in his girdle, and in his hands a long rifle.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The position of his long rifle belied his words, but the youth did not look behind.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • Each carried a long rifle, hunting knife, knapsack and blanket.

    George Washington Calista McCabe Courtenay
  • He held his long rifle in his right hand, while he drew the shrubbery apart with his left, and looked forth at the canoe.

    The Lost Trail Edward S. Ellis
  • "Come let us be off," said Leon, as he laid his long rifle on his shoulder.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Their weapons in but few instances were other than the long rifle and its accompanying hunting-knife.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • I saw a long rifle covering me, and above the brush a man's face.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • He started for Bagsby, who promptly rushed for his long rifle.

    Gold Stewart White
  • With the long rifle in the hollow of his arm Jack forgot that he was a sick man.

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