Original U.S. Revolutionary War Era German - Dutch Large Flintlock Jäger Rifle with Heavy Octagonal Barrel and Set Trigger - circa 1750

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. This is a magnificent U.S. Revolutionary War Era German - Dutch Flintlock Jäger rifle, intended for front line "hunter" troops. These were among the earliest rifles widely in use, and were very often later converted to percussion. This example however was not, and still is in the original flintlock configuration. It has a fantastic "set trigger" setup, which works flawlessly.

It is also quite a bit larger than the usual ones we see, measuring 54 inches in overall length, with a very heavy 39" octagonal barrel, which has heavy 7 groove rifling in the .67" bore. It weighs in at around 15.6lbs, which leads us to think it was possibly for a sharpshooter. The weight and heft would definitely lead to a more stable weapon, especially with the set trigger.

The rifle is equipped with a fine full length walnut stock showing some decorative carving, complete with sliding wooden patch box cover, a distinctive aspect of the design. There is a cheek piece on the right side, and the mountings are all of iron, instead of the often seen brass. The set trigger is housed under a great multi-finger grooved trigger guard. The steel ramrod is still housed under the barrel. Rifles such as this were possibly used in the French and Indian War 1756-1763 and probably in the Revolutionary War.

Condition is excellent, and it has been fully cleaned and polished to put it in the best possible light. It is completely unmarked, except for some faded letters on the breech of the barrel. The wood stock is in great shape, having been restored sometime in the past. It looks like new wood was grafted on around the ramrod channel and along the woodline on both sides of the barrel. This was expertly done, and only examining the grain closely makes this readily apparent.

The lock on the rifle functions well, with a strong mainspring. It correctly holds at half cock, firing at full. As it is a set trigger design, the front rod trigger must be "set" by the rear trigger before the lock will fire. The rifling in the barrel is still strong, and the bore is mostly bright, with fouling and oxidation in the grooves. It does not look to have actually been fired much.

This really is a great early flintlock rifle, still operating perfectly. Ready to add to your collection and display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1750
Caliber: .67 inches - Deep 7 Groove Rifling
Ammunition Type:  Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 39 inches
Overall Length: 54 inches
Action: Side Action Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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