PIONEER Antique S. BECK Half-Stock .36 Perc. Long Rifle Frontier HOMESTEAD
Kentucky Style INDIANA Made HUNTING Long Rifle
Here we present an antique S. Beck Half Stock Percussion Long Rifle, made circa the mid-1860s in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the Marion County and Indianapolis area in the mid-1800s, Christian Beck, Samuel Beck, Jacob Beck and William Beck worked as gunsmiths building flint lock rifles, percussion rifles, pistols, and shot guns. Their firearms are marked with their names stamped or signed into the barrels. The Becks had gun shops listed in Indianapolis and they were listed in the Indianapolis City Directory from 1858 onward. Samuel Beck was born in Pennsylvania in 1809. He built full and half stock rifles, pistols, flintlocks, percussion rifles & shotguns in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1861-1885. He is listed as the owner of the gun manufacturing company “Samuel Beck & Son” in Indianapolis. The business was located at 63 East Washington Street, Indianapolis.
Its stout octagonal barrel is in .36 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.
The overall condition is good. The bore is in good shape for its age. This example sports a solid stock with less than average wear. No functioning action. Lightly engraved lock. The barrel tang has been repaired at some point in time. “S BECK” signed barrel.
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Barrel is 37-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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