Custom Virginia Style Longrifle

.50 Caliber 42" Barrel



This is a custom rifle styled after typical rifles by John Davidson. Davidson worked in the Rockbridge Co., VA area during the late 18th into the early 19th century.


The stock is a piece of moderately curly maple. The raised carving is well done. The nosecap is cast pewter. The patchbox and sideplate were handmade. The barrel is a swamped 42" long in .50 caliber. I have not pulled the barrel to see who made it. It has a touch hole liner. The lock is a Chamber's Golden Age style. Mounts are iron. The barrel, lock and other steel parts are aged to a grey color. The ramrod tip is antler. The gun is signed and the maker did an excellent job overall and the wood to metal fit is excellent. The gun appears to have not been fired but has been snapped a few times. The bore is excellent with radius grooved rifling.


Overall a very nicely made example of an early Virginia gun. The rifle balances and holds very well.



Weight is 8 lbs. 13 ozs.  Pull is 13".



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