This is normally the season for generosity, giving and selflessness. However, it can also be a time where greed and desperation pops up, hopefully in small numbers. In Bedford, Pennsylvania, the Old Bedford Village historical site suffered from a burglary where six original historic rifles were stolen from the Gunsmith’s Shop.

In an effort to recover the firearms, several members of the staff have taken a collection and offered a reward for information leading to the return of of the historic artifacts. As a show of support, I will be contributing to the fund as well.

Old Bedford VIllage’s Facebook post:

On Wednesday, December 14, the Gunsmith Shop at Old Bedford Village was broken into. Sadly, all 6 of our original Bedford County Longrifles were taken from the building. Several members of our staff are willing to contribute to a reward for information leading to an arrest. If you or anyone you know has information that could help locate these suspects, please contact the PA State Police in Bedford at (814) 652-6131. Please share this post to get the word out to as many people as we can!

If you would like to contribute to the reward fund, please e-mail us at or call us at 814-623-1156.

It is our sincere hope that these wonderful antiques and pieces of our Bedford County heritage will once again be in our possession.

And if this information happens to find the person who committed this act, we implore you to do the right thing. Please either contact us to return the rifles or the state police to turn yourself in.



Rifles Stolen from Old Bedford Village:


Bedford, PA:



I’m working with Old Bedford Village to get a better description on what appears to be one flintlock and five percussion muzzleloading rifles.

If you live in the area, I am asking you to visit your local dealer and pass the word. Otherwise, consider donating to the reward fund and sharing the above information on social media platforms. Let’s help get these historic rifles back home.


LE – Science – OSINT.
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  • Drew Coleman

    I hate thieves with a red-hot passion. I hope they get caught and have the book thrown at them (literally and figuratively).

    • .45

      A Robert Jordan hardcover?

      • Anomanom

        Hardcover Harry Potter collection.

  • retfed

    Obviously the thieves are big Second Amendment supporters. After all, it only protects flintlocks. Just ask the New York Times.

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      I love the (i)logic of how only flintlocks fall under the 2nd amendment.

  • Jeffersonian

    The only point on which I agree with Islam is their treatment of thieves.

  • Gary Kirk

    I am in southern Maryland, but have friends/family in and around that area.. If I, or one of mine should happen to find these, and/or those responsible.. These will be returned. Don’t know about those that decided to do such a thing.. Shall be determined..

  • Anomanom

    Hope they find them. Although a week on, they’ve probably disappeared into the collection of whoever paid to have them stolen.

  • Jim

    Damn shame. These are historic pieces and should be returned! I hate it whenever someone steals anything but stealing a firearm is something that cannot be allowed. When they find them the person(s) should be punished as harshly as possible! I would hope that those of us in the firearms community will all pull together to get those firearms returned to their appropriate place.

  • Raginzerker

    Dirty theives, us PA people love our long rifles, it’s our state firearm