Original U.S. Pennsylvania Flintlock Massive Barrel Target Rifle with Set Trigger & Flame Maple Stock c. 1830
Original Item: Only One Available. Just purchased at a recent military auction! Here is an octagonal barreled very upmarket "Kentucky" style flintlock target rifle, which more correctly is known as a Pennsylvania Rifle. It is in the quite large caliber of about .55", and has a massive very heavy octagonal barrel with seven groove rifling. The barrel is 40 1/2" inches long, and 1 1/4" inches across at the widest point. It also is quite heavily decorated, with top level appointments like a set trigger and a beautiful tiger flame maple stock.
The top of the barrel has an inset copper plate, which is marked with the letters D + Y in very nice script letters. We would assume this is the maker, but it could also be the owner, or some type of dedication. The rifle features a trade lock, which is marked with the makers information:
This is the standard marking on trade locks out of England, which were imported in large numbers during the early part of the 19th century. The gun making industry in the United States was still very young at that point, and trade locks were readily available. The lock plate also has some nice simple engraving, including the Sun's rays, and a game bird in the brush.
We estimate that this octagonal barrel rifle was made about 1830, and features brass mounts of trigger guard, ramrod pipes, side plate, and butt plate. The barrel wedge escutcheons are made from Silver, and there are many silver inlays on the butt stock areas, including a "Hunter's Star" on the left butt stock cheek piece. The full length stock is lovely, made of very attractive tiger maple, complete with an engraved brass patch box on the right side of the butt stock. It is spring loaded and still opens correctly by pressing the button on the bottom of the stock. Inside, we actually found an old receipt for this very rifle, dated Oct. 15. 1952!
As with most target rifles, this example 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. It is fully functional at present, though due to the age of the rifle it can be finicky. The forward trigger is the popular "post" type.
The bore is in very good condition, with strong rifling and not much wear. There is a bit of darkening in the grooves, but we do not see any scaling or major oxidation or other issues. The barrel is fitted with a nickel blade front sight, and a simple rear sight. There is a simple wooden cleaning rod installed with a brass tip, which is just for display.
A very nice example of an early 19th Century "Pennsylvania" target rifle, ready to add to your collection!
Year of Manufacture: c.1830
Caliber: approx .55" seven groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 40 1/2 Inches
Overall Length: 56 Inches
Action type: Side ActionFlintlock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading
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