Happy President’s Day: Let’s Take a Peek at Their Guns
By Chris Eger
With 45 Presidents since 1789, many had a solid interest in fine firearms and often maintained and used extensive collections. Here are some of the more interesting ones we have found.
It should be noted that at least 29 Presidents served in the military including four of the first five. Speaking of which, the Father of the Country, George Washington, served not only as a colonel in the Virginia militia but of course also led the Continental Army and, while in office, commanded troops yet again during the Whisky Rebellion. His collection included at least seven sets of pistols recovered from Mount Veron after his death as well as numerous rifles.
Pennsylvania gunsmith John Philip Buck presented this flintlock long rifle to President George Washington in 1791. The .44-caliber rifle was similar to those used by elite light infantry units under Washington’s command during the Revolutionary War such as Morgan’s Riflemen. It is now in the Frazier in Louisville (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
As noted by Monticello, Founding Father and primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his 15-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, concerning what he considered the best form of exercise:
“… I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate