Original U.S. Pennsylvania Percussion Long Rifle with Half Stock & Set Trigger c. 1840

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. Here is an octagonal barreled "Kentucky" style rifle, which more correctly is known as a Pennsylvania Rifle. It looks to be in .35" caliber, one that we usually do not see, and has a heavy octagonal barrel. The rifle was built in the United States using a percussion trade lock, which has now had all of the markings worn away.

We estimate that this octagonal barrel rifle was made about 1840,  and it features all brass mounts except for the white metal nose cap. The half length stock wood at first glance looks to be tiger maple, but closer inspection shows that it was wrapped in oiled cord, which was then burned to give it a "faux" flamed look. The wrist has an old crack so this this rifle is no longer a shooter but would look just wonderful over the fire place. 

Looking at the stock and lock plate, we feel that this rifle was most likely originally made in flintlock, and later converted to percussion. 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. It is functional at present, but also a bit finicky due to age.

A real part of American Frontier History. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: c.1840
Caliber: approx .35" seven groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 41 Inches

Overall Length: 55 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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