ENGRAVED Antique FLINTLOCK American Full Stock Smoothbore LONG RIFLE
L + K Marked with BRASS Patch Box and GOLCHER LOCK!
Here we present an antique L + K Marked Engraved American Flintlock Full Stock Long Rifle made circa the1820s. Pennsylvania and Kentucky rifles were the order of the day and were essential tools for providing meat for the table, pest control for the crops and livestock, and protection against beast and man for the homestead. Rifles in this caliber were used for taking medium to large-sized game on the frontier to include elk and even buffalo. Frontiersmen, homesteaders, pioneers, trappers and traders would have used a rifle like this for all of the above.
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 .42 caliber rifle features brass hardware and light engravings on the lock and some more just forward of the front sight. This one is on the shorter, handier side, rather than very long. The patchbox opens with a spring when the button is depressed. There is a unique 8-pointed star on the left side of the butt stock. Octagonal barrel with the maker’s mark “L + K”, .42 caliber, double set triggers, Joseph Golcher lock. Beautiful maple stock. Again, these type rifles would have been crucial and utilitarian tools on the frontier for gathering food and protecting the homestead.
The overall condition is very good. Strong action. The bore is semi-bright with strong rifling. The maple striped stock is stable remaining in great shape. There is a fine, stable crack on the bottom of the left side just forward of the trigger guard. There are light engravings on the barrel. Here is an original flintlock long rifle, the likes of which don’t come around very often!
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Barrel is 30 inches.
Caliber: .42 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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