This rifle is
copied from the only known American rifle that has a brass barrel. The
original shows very Germanic influences and may have been made in the
Bethlehem, Penn. area or possibly in
one of the Moravian shops in western North Carolina. When
compared to the Edward Marshall rifle which is believed to have been
made in the shops near Bethlehem, the locks are identical down to the
engraving. Since the locks are imports, they were probably sent to the
same shop in America.
The barrel for
this rifle was copied directly from the
original as close as possible. The original barrel had burst at some time in the
past and a section of the side of it was missing. It had also been bored smooth.
The gun was restored by Wallace Gusler which meant replacing the missing barrel
section with old brass to match and replacing the missing sections of the
forend. The new barrel was made by Ed Rayl in .50 caliber and is 46"long. The
lock is by L&R and was reworked to match the original. All of the brass parts
were hand made in my shop. The gun weighs 8 1/2 lbs and very well balanced .