Original U.S. Kentucky Percussion Rifle with Tiger Maple Full Stock by J.M. Gorsuch of Ohio c. 1840
Original Item: Only one available. Here is an octagonal barreled "Kentucky" style rifle, which more correctly is known as a Pennsylvania Rifle. It is in the standard caliber we usually see these in, .39", and has a very heavy barrel. The rifle was built in the United States using a percussion lock made by James Golcher of Philadelphia, who operated in the 1820s - 1830s. It is marked JAs GOLCHER / PHILADA amidst traces of foliate engravings.
We estimate that this octagonal barrel rifle was made about 1840, and was marked on the barrel by the maker:
J M GORSUCH
MT PLEASANT OHIO
The stock is made from beautiful Tiger Maple with very distinctive stripes, and is full stocked, though the front stock was added as a separate piece. The mounts are all brass, including a somewhat ornate trigger guard, with multiple spurs for a very secure grip.
We feel this rifle has always been in percussion, and is not a conversion from flintlock. Interestingly the rifle is fitted with a "set trigger", where depressing the rear trigger first until it clicks and just touching the front trigger discharges the weapon, hopefully with great accuracy. Unfortunately the lock and triggers need adjustment, so it will not hold at full cock at present.
Cleaned and ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: c.1840
Caliber: approx .39" seven groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 27 1/2 Inches
Overall Length: 43 Inches
Action type: SIde Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading
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