Original U.S. Pennsylvania Percussion Rifle with Back Action Trade Lock by Moore c. 1835

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This just came out of the attic after a hundred years of storage, together with a couple of hundred other guns. Here is an octagonal barreled Rifled "Kentucky" style rifle, which more correctly is known as a Pennsylvania Rifle. The smoothbored .43 caliber octagonal barrel is 32 1/2" long and the rifle measures 49" in overall length. Most likely this was originally rifled, but then smooth bored for fowling.

The back action percussion lock looks to be a British "Trade" lock dating to the 1830's, made by the English Gunsmith WILLIAM MOORE of 78 Edgware Road in London. There is some lovely engraving on the plate and hammer, including a hunter and some ducks or geese in flight. The barrel is fitted a simple notch rear sight, and standard front sight.

The stock is 1/2 stocked and the rifle is all brass mounted, except for the nose cap, which is zinc. The wooden ramrod is also fitted with a brass cap. The barrel overall shows quite a bit of light pitting, so it may have been re-stocked long ago.

A most attractive attractive Pennsylvania Long Rifle, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: c.1835-40
Caliber: approx .43" - smoothbore
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 32 1/2 Inches

Overall Length: 49 Inches
Action type: Back Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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