1850s ENGRAVED Antique .30 Perc. Small Caliber Long Rifle FRONTIER/HOMSTEAD
HALF STOCK, BACK ACTION Rifle with GOLCHER LOCK
Here we present an antique Small Caliber Back Action Half Stock American Percussion Long Rifle, made circa the mid-19th Century. Its stout octagonal barrel is in .30 caliber, large enough to take small to medium sized game or to defend the homestead against unwanted aggression. Rifle manufacture in the mid-to-late 19th Century was rapidly changing over from thousands of craftsmen all over the United States and on the Frontier making and selling their wares, to the large factories with standardized assembly lines and modern manufacturing techniques. Many makers’ names of the so-called Kentucky long rifles have been lost over time. This rifle is one such example.
These locks were called “back action” because the mainspring hangs behind the tumbler. The back action is often used in single and double rifles, and occasionally in single barrel shotguns where the need for strength requires as little steel as possible be removed from the bar of the action.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. The wrist has a large crack that moves easily with pressure. Legible markings. The tang is missing a screw. Brown barrel patina.
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Barrel is 34 inches.
Caliber: .28 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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