This is a barn rifle made with what
appears to be the least amount of effort possible. Good
quality parts were used but the maker had minimal patience
when he assembled it. The barrel is a swamped 38" Colerain
in .54 caliber. The surface was never filed smooth so the
planer marks are still visible under a mediocre browning
finish. The lock is a large Siler which works great and
trigger work has been done to it to give the lock a smooth
light trigger pull. The hardware is brass. The buttplate
being a sheet screwed on. The guard was roughly cleaned up
before installing. No entry thimble and two forward ones
hold the rod in place. The nice curly maple stock has a
Jaeger styling to it. The surface of the wood has lots of
areas when more sanding could have been done. There are
small gaps in the inletting here and there, and there, and
This would be a
decent rifle for hunting and re-enacting. Most rifles of the
18th century were 'working' guns and their owners were not
as interested in a show piece as getting meat for the table.
This rifle holds and points very well
and as a hunting rifle you won't be afraid to drag it
through the woods. That might improve the looks. Actually at
this price it's really not a bad deal!
Weight is 7 lbs 4 ozs. Pull is 13½".