Antique MID-19th CENTURY Full-Stock .45 Cal. Percussion American LONG RIFLE
Smoothbore Long Rifle with T. KETLAND & Co. Lock
Here we present an antique Full Stock Percussion Long Rifle, made circa the mid-19th Century. Its 37-1/4 inch octagonal barrel is in .45 caliber, large enough to take medium to large 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.”
This rifle consists of mostly original parts, such as the Ketland lock, the barrel, patchbox, and has been restocked. These long rifles saw much use—and it is clear by looking at the iron parts that this one did—and their long barrels and long, relatively slender stocks sometimes fell victim to hard use. The action remains strong. The bore is smooth and dark. The stock is smooth and solid. This one also has a silver medallion with a primitive eagle engraved into it.
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Barrel is 37-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .45 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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