Barn guns or Schimmel guns as they were often
called in Pennsylvania, were the work horse of many farms. They were
basically a very plain and cheap gun left where the farmer could have
access to it quickly when pests were seen in the fields or the
smokehouse needed refilling. They were
usually made without a buttplate, entry ramrod pipe or sideplate and
just a sheet metal trigger guard.
These can be made in any caliber and barrel length
the owner wishes. They can be made in
flint or percussion. A mid grade maple stock is standard but
higher grades of maple, cherry, walnut or ash are available in any degree of figure desired
at extra cost.
Mounts can be of iron or brass. The iron parts have a fire blued finish
which was typical.
Base price is with
mid grade curly maple
stock, in flint or percussion, commercial iron or brass mounts
(trigger guard and 2 forward thimbles, no
buttplate, no sideplate and no entry thimble.)
Extras could include a full
sideplate, inlays, or fancy wood.
up to a 44" swamped barrel in choice of .40, .45, .50 or
Also available in a smoothbore 20 or 24 gauge.
with swamped or
octagon/round rifled or smoothbore barrel
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