Let's take a look at the history and art of forging a gun barrel.
Needless to say, very early North American gun barrels were made in Europe and imported to the new world. The demand increased as did the immigrants with gunsmithing skills, allowing rifles to be made in this country. Legend holds that Lancaster, Pa., is the birthplace of the American longrifle. Back in the day, Lancaster was the westernmost frontier town in Pennsylvania. By 1759, there were four Germanic gunsmiths working in Lancaster. By virtue of it being a key trade route for western exploration, Lancaster-made rifles moved into settlements in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.