This is where Cornish McManus starts working on his rifle in the shop, he is planning on making the best of the best. This scene creates everything that happens in this book because the novel revolves around the rifle that was built.
After two years Cornish finally finishes the best rifle known to humans. The rifle not only looks good, but is good all around. This scene is important because he is so happy to make such a great gun but he then has to get rid of it, which makes this book interesting.
Cornish is forced to sell the rifle. A man by the name of John Byam comes to buy his rifle that took him two years to make. Cornish really does not want to sell his glorious rifle but he is forced. This is where the rifle starts being passed down through the ages.
In this part of the novel John takes off to war. John decides to take the rifle he bought from Cornish. John carries it with pride into the battle against the redcoats during the Revolutionary War.
While the rifle is getting passed down through the generation Tim finds himself in a situation where he needs a fuel pump. A man that has a fuel pump says yes to trading his fuel pump for a rifle.
In this significant scene a mechanic named Harv decides to hang the rifle above his fireplace. On Christmas eve Harv lights the fire, lights up his Christmas tree and lights his candles but when he uses his poker stick to push back the wood, sparks come from the fire an enters the loaded chamber that has been loaded for 200 years but nobody bothered checking to see if it was loaded. the gun shoots through the window and into another house and hits a man in the head.