This is a cute little rifle that was authenticated by the Landis Valley Museum
in Lancaster, PA.
The stock is a piece of curly maple and is in very good condition with a few
minor handling marks. The barrel is 30¾" long and
tapers from 13/16" at the breech to 3/4" at the muzzle. Not sure if this one was
ever cut down as there are no extra tennon dovetails and swamped barrels were
very uncommon by the time this gun was built. I think it may have been made for
a boy and the taper just happened in the manufacture. The breech plug and nipple
have been replaced in the recent past. An owner at some time was probably still
shooting this little rifle. The bore is very good with decent rifling. There is
a little rough spot about 4" in front of the breech but some scrubbing might
smooth that out better. The lock and triggers work fine but with typical
percussion locks of this time, there is no half cock. They would carry the gun
with the hammer resting on the cap when loaded. The hammer has an old repair to
the nose. The brass hardware is very plain except for the trigger guard which
has some nice engraving. The buttplate is a poor casting but I guess they felt
it was still useable instead of casting a new one.
Overall the gun is in very good condition
and at 6' tall, I find it holds and points well even with the short pull due to
the drop in the stock.
Weight is 6 lbs. Pull is 12½".