EARLY AMERICAN Antique MILITIA-Type MUSKET/FOWLING PIECE Smoothbore .63
Kentucky Style Smoothbore Long Rifle!
Here we present an antique Full Stock Smoothbore Long Rifle, made circa the late-18th or early-19th Century. This musket is the type that just about anyone in Colonial North America or the Early US might have had around the house or homestead. It would have also been the weapon one would have taken when the local militia was called up. This one features a smoothbore in .63 caliber. It was originally made in flintlock but was updated to the percussion system when that technology established itself. The barrel is part-round with an octagonal section at the breech-end. The full length stock is of highly figured maple. Single trigger with open rifle sights. It is fitted with brass hardware with a heart-shaped initial placard atop the wrist and a German silver accent on the check rest on the left side of the butt stock.
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.
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+. The action is functional. The bore is smooth and gray. The stock is solid with a beautiful grain and nice sheen. This is a fantastic piece of history and a stunner of a musket!
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Barrel is 33-3/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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