Original U.S. Turner-Style Percussion Bench Rest Rifle by W.L. Hudson of Cincinnati Ohio

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of a late 19th century Turner-Style "Bench Rest" rifle. Basically, it was made with the intention of target shooting, with support, as the gun sports a MASSIVE octagonal barrel, which has barrel walls around 3/8" thick. With a 0.39" bore, the barrel walls are nearly as wide as the interior.

The top of this fine example is marked with the maker's information:


We have not been able to find much on this maker, but they were in operation around the time of the Civil war, so we would assume this rifle is from the 1860s or 1870s.

The rifle is half-stocked and comes complete with wooden ramrod, with brass fittings at both ends. It also feature a rear tang "peep" sight, and a "tunnel" front sight with a post inside.  The top of the barrel has also been fitted with an aftermarket MARBLES brand "Full-Buckhorn" adjustable rear sight, so the owner would have choices regarding how to aim the rifle.

The rifle has been, since new, fitted with a "set trigger", where depressing the rear trigger first until it clicks and just lightly touching the front trigger discharges the weapon, hopefully with great accuracy. The lock functions correctly, and there is no half-cock, as it can only be fired using the set trigger. Until the rear trigger is pulled, the front trigger cannot fire the lock.

A great example of a "bench" gun with a massive heavy barrel. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: mid 19th Century
Caliber: approx .39" with 6 groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 33 Inches

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

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