James Hunter, a Scotsman, was a gunmaker at Rappahannock Forge near Fredericksburg, VA. His guns bear his imprint “I. Hunter.” Guns from the forge bear the mark “Rap Forge” with a small capital “A” over parallel lines.
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 8.5" H x 59.5" W x 2.75" D
Rappahannock Forge musket, serial no. 411, barrel marked “I. Hunter,” flintlock engraved “Rap Forge” with a small capital “A” over parallel lines.
Congress was finding it difficult to arm its soldiers after Lexington and Concord. By 1778, there were six Continental arsenals located in the colonies. Virginia founded a State Gun factory in 1775 but most states resorted to employing private gunmakers who gathered mixed and scavenged parts to fashion muskets. Virginia’s Rappahannock Forge was one of the private gunmakers supplying the colonies, It is estimated that during the War for Independence about 80,000 muskets were American mixed-pattern muskets.