I finally finished this rifle. I
have been using it as a demonstration gun, working on it at various events over
a period of 5 years. It has a 44" rifled .54 caliber
swamped wrought iron barrel
and breech plug that I forged from a flat bar which entails about 100 man hours to complete. All of the brass parts were cast
or fabricated in my shop. The wood is a nice piece of figured walnut that was cut off the
grounds of the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg back in 1973. The lock
is a reworked L&R and has a new frizzen spring that
matches the original rifle. The gun has been
aged to give it a pleasing patina.
This rifle was styled after one made in the Bethlehem, Penn. area that is
as the "brass barreled rifle". The original is the only surviving early American rifle
that has a brass barrel.
It weighs 8½ lbs and the pull is 14½".