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George Seisler - Pennsylvania Drops Out Of Long-Rifle Shoots...
Pennsylvania Drops Out Of Long-Rifle Shoots Special to The Morning Call FRANKFORT, Ky. Pennsylvania has decided to pull out of the two-year-old long rifle "s h 0 0 1 o u t s" between marksmen from Kentucky and the Keystone State. The reason "is obvious to all," said Col. James M. Van Divier of Elizabethtown, Ky., spokesman for the Kentucky shooters. Kentucky has soundly defeated Pennsylvania's sharpshooters in all four matches held thus far. Lehigh Valley area residents have been in the thick of the controversy over the rightful claim to the title for the long rifle. In 1963 Joseph E. McCracken of Bethlehem, then 75, led a troop of Pennsylvanians on horseback through the Cumberland Gap to Frankfort to de liver the shoot-out challenge to then Gov. Bert Combs. The first Pennsylvania team in 1963 included Richard Hujsa of Allentown, his brother Robert of Nazareth R. 1, and George Seisler of Fleetwood. The Kentuckians won both the 1963 matches and kept their record intact with two more victories last year when Jay Campbell of Pipersville was on the Keystone team. As a result of their victories, the Blue Grass State shooters contended the name "Kentucky Long Rifle" was the proper terminology. The weapon gamed its prominence in Kentucky when Daniel Boone was opening up the frontier. But shooters from the Keystone State argued that the gun had been made by Pennsylva nia craftsmen and therefore should be called the "Pennsylvania Long Rifle."

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  1. The Morning Call,
  2. 21 Jul 1965, Wed,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 37

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