Antique MID-19th CENTURY Half-Stock .42 Cal. Percussion American LONG RIFLE
Kentucky Style HUNTING/HOMESTEAD Long Rifle!
Here we present an antique Half Stock Percussion Long Rifle, made circa the mid-19th Century. Its stout octagonal barrel is in .42 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. Dim bore. The stock is in good shape and is missing a chip to the right of the barrel tang (stable). A dark brown patina has settled in on the barrel. Traditional floral engravings on the lock. Many rifles exactly like this would have been carried into battle by both sides at the onset of the American Civil War.
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Barrel is 38-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .40 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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