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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. 2018.
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  • During all our Eastern experiences we used the long rifle only.

  • The muzzle of the long rifle was turned instantly toward the captain.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The nearest of the seven was beyond the range even of my long rifle.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • There was a knife in his girdle, and in his hands a long rifle.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • On reaching them, he took the long rifle, and turned in the direction of the game.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Each carried a long rifle, hunting knife, knapsack and blanket.

    George Washington Calista McCabe Courtenay
  • Of all other weapons, they dread the long rifle of the hunter.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • His long rifle rested on the ground, and he held a roan horse by the bridle.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • "Come let us be off," said Leon, as he laid his long rifle on his shoulder.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • No, the long rifle which I saw, he will scarcely use any more.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson

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