Appearing in the November 2016 issue of the National Rifle Association magazine American Rifleman:
"In its own odyssey, an historic American long-rifle from the bench of Revolutionary War gunsmith John Small (1759-1821), long separated from the town where it was built, would be delivered to its home by modern-day versions of those
Greek mariners. As Odysseus was returned home to Ithaca, so was John Small, in a way, carried home to Vincennes, Ind.
"This long gun, built by Indiana’s first sheriff John Small around 1803, would become known in 2004 as the “Grouseland Rifle” when it returned to Vincennes to reside in the museum at Gov. William Henry Harrison’s Grouseland home. In 2012 when the Grouseland Rifle was adopted as the official rifle of the State of Indiana, it would come to symbolize an entire state’s regard for its frontier heritage."
Story continues on AmericanRifleman.org.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
In Muzzleloader magazine (September/October 2016):
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark passed through here, Kemper reflected, and were guests at Harrison’s table.
"History transpired in this place. Small, Harrison, Tecumseh, and Lewis and Clark might have all been looking over Marvin Kemper’s shoulder as he began his process of bringing new life to John Small’s 'Grouseland Rifle' at this table."
Story continues in Muzzleloader magazine, available for order at Muzzleloader Magazine web site.