Antique A. GORDON Half-Stock .40 Caliber Percussion Conversion LONG RIFLE
Kentucky Style Rifle with T. DAVIDSON & Co. Lock
Here we present an antique A. Gordon Half Stock Percussion Conversion Long Rifle, made circa the early-19th Century. This gun would have started out life as a flintlock and converted when the more reliable percussion firing system was introduced. Its stout octagonal barrel is in .40 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.
The American Long Rifle, more commonly, but less correctly, known as the ‘Kentucky rifle’, was described by Captain John G. W. Dillin in the dedication to his seminal 1924 book, The Kentucky Rifle:
“From a flat bar of soft iron, hand forged into a gun barrel; laboriously bored and rifled with crude tools; fitted with a stock hewn from a maple tree in the neighboring forest; and supplied with a lock hammered to shape on the anvil; an unknown smith, in a shop long since silent, fashioned a rifle which changed the whole course of world history; made possible the settlement of a continent; and ultimately freed our country of foreign domination. Light in weight; graceful in line; economical in consumption of powder and lead; fatally precise; distinctly American; it sprang into immediate popularity; and for a hundred years was a model often slightly varied but never radically changed.”
The overall condition is good. Strong action, double set triggers. The bore is dim and remains clear. Solid stock throughout, but is missing a chip just behind the lock. Missing ramrod and middle barrel pin (stable). “A. GORDAN” is marked atop the barrel.
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Barrel is 39-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .40 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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