Whatever happened to Tick Licker?

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    ozark57

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    Anyone remember the TV series Danial Boone and the co-star Tick-Licker? Wonder where Tick-Licker is now? Anyone know of a reproduction? I would kinda like to build my own Tick-Licker this winter.
     
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    We used to be known as the Tick Pickers back in the 80's on Prudence (Lyme desease study) Hadshirts made up and everything, but I never licked no tick. :shocked2: :wink:
     
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    Swampy, I had Limes and I never licked a tick niether! :haha:
     
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    :haha: Sorry just brought back memorys of picking 100's of ticks off deer for the University.
     
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    Most if not all of the rifles made for e the 60's Daniel Boone series were made by Royland Southgate & his apprentices. I had one of the movie props several years ago. Allot of them were movie props only, unsigned & no vent hole, so just the pan would flash. Fess Parkers corp contacted me a couple of years ago to remake "Ol Betsy" to use a special award thing for the company, but it had to be a fake, no real lock, unbored barrel, etc. They didn't want to take a changce on anyone actually firing it or it being a usable firearm...... (SHRIEK :shocked2: )
    I told them I don't make fake rifles, should they want a real one I would me most happy to entertain build one to specs for them.
     
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    I know this is a late response, but the rifle was first seen in Drums Along the Mohawk with Henry Fonda. It was a heavily carved up Northwest trade rifle with about a 48ā€ barrel. Iā€™m building one myself.

    A stunt version of the rifle was recently sold at auction: https://www.proxibid.com/Firearms-M...uot-daniel-Boone-quot/lotInformation/43646543
     
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    What about Davy Crocketts rifle from the early '50's Disney series.....sure would like to see that series again!
     
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    Some dude with a man-cave Texas bar in his house owned it.
     
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    I believe the rifle used by Fess Parker in the Disney Davy Crockett series was sold at the same Auction per the Link above. There is a recent Thread in the "Media" section of the Forum with more information.

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    Here's another shot of another of the rifles that Parker used in the TV series...not the same as the one in the auction...THIS one might actually be a working muzzle loader. When I blew up the photo, it looks like it might...
    BOONE TICK LICKER.jpg

    BOONE TICK LICKER LOCK.jpg

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    Nah, that doesn't look like a working flint lock there. I'm a baby boomer fan of Davy and others, but that is a studio-prop type gun, for the photo shoot. I'm sure others will concur.
     
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    Those great episodes are available on DVD. I was shocked as a kid to see Davy and Buddy Ebsen "go down" at the end of the siege! Loved the show!
     
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    Looks like a Belgian smoothbore they sold in Africa and Asian and South american markets thru the 1960s.
    Sometimes you would see these with a two piece lockplate. A backaction plate with a flint hammer and a separate plate that held the pan, frizzen and spring.[/QUOTE]
     
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    wm_13652911.jpg Here is an example of the above mentioned gun
     
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    I definitely second this opinion.
     
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    BELGIAN WALL HANGER 2.jpg
    Actually while they may have been sold to Africans, I am familiar with those as they were sold by Ultra-Hi during the late 1970's as wall hangers for the post Bicentennial. I had one of each. They were made as caplocks, and the barrel was proofed, so I went ahead and swapped out the nipple for one that would take musket caps. I used one as what it was, a cheap Belgian made caplock smoothbore for CSA troops. They made some flinters by removing the drum and using the adaptor marked by the bracket, and they took the caplock hammer, cut it, and brazed on the flint jaws. I'm actually armed with it in this photo, but it didn't occur to me at the time that I should have held it where the camera could see it....
    DEMENT's BATTERY and ME.jpg

    We didn't look half-bad for a CSA artillery unit..., 40 years ago...the chap standing on the ground, fourth, going from right to left..., is the current curator of the NRA museum.

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    I once owned one of those Belgium made muskets with the two-piece lock. As I recall, I bought it in 1963/4 from then Centennial Arms. Paid $35.00 plus some postage. It was a two-piece stock. A couple years later they offered a model they called the Long Tom. Had a darker stock and a 50" barrel. Occasionally, one of the earlier ones with the one-piece lock from the 1950's and earlier will show up for sale on the famous gun auction site. They are usually mis-identified as an earlier piece and thus over-priced.
    Historically, Belgium was well known to collect large quantities of surplus gun parts and assemble them for sale everywhere.
    Great pic of that Artillery Unit !!!

    Rick
     
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    Rickystl,
    Your mention of the Long Tom brought back a flood if memories as a youngster sitting with a dog eared gun magazine at the barbershop wishing could see one of those long toms or any other flintlock for that matter. They had a reputation for being unreliable and innacurrate.
    My.dear father could never understand why i was so interested in black.powder guns. When there were so.many other firearms that actually worked.
    As I recall many scenes of the infamous Tick Licker in the hands of Fess Parker ( May his soul rest easy.) Was one of the round barreled 16 gauge or so smoothbore guns that hollywood passed off as a genuine Pennsylvania Long Rifle.
    I do not post on here a lot. Usually keep my opinion, just that . Enjoy the posts.
    However i will try to throw my .02 dollars in on an occasional post where I think that my past experience and knowledge could help clear up a question or inquiry.
    Thank you for letting me participate in this conversation.
     
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    Hi Fire Steel. Thanks for your post. Once in a while you read a Post that does indeed bring back memories. I was 13/14 years old when I bought this from Centennial Arms. Saved up money to buy it from my paper route. Only shot blanks with it. The old Dupont powder was $2.00 a pound back then. Frizzens were not hardened very well so they were unreliable as you mentioned. But sure had a lot of fun with it at that age. Don't remember what happened to it. But must have sold/traded it for something.

    Rick
     
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