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Rare Kentucky Half Stock Rifle c. 1805

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Rare Kentucky Flintlock Half Stock Rifle c. 1805

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This is a beautiful Kentucky Flintlock Hall Stock Rifle in its original flint. This Rifle resembles the Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Rifle and may have been a militia rifle in the American west in the early 1800s.

The stock on this rifle is the original maple half stock. It measures 31” long and has the classic “Roman Nose” butt that slopes downward. There is a small crack that measures approximately 3 ¼” from the front section of the trigger guard on the bottom of the stock but the crack is tight and the stock is not compromised. The original brass patch box is present and is a four-piece construction. The iron latch is present and the latch still works correctly. The patch box measures 7” long by 3” at the widest point. The door measures 3” by 1 1/8”. The brass Butt Plate measures 4” tall and it has a 2 3/8” long tang that is secured with its original single-slot screw. The bottom portion of the butt plate measures 5/8” wide at the widest point and is 2 1/16” long and is secured by a single-slot iron screw.

There is one brass ramrod guide present that is attached to the nose of the stock by an iron pin. The guide measures 3 5/8” long with the rear, flat portion measuring 5/8” wide. The brass skeleton grip Trigger Guard measures 8 5/8” long and is 1” wide at the trigger bow. The original iron trigger is present and measures 7/8” long below the trigger slot.

The left side of the stock has a brass side plate that measures 4 1/8” long and is 13/16” wide and is secured by both original single-slot iron lock screws. The barrel is secured to the stock by a single iron barrel pin that measures 7/16” by 1 1/8”.

The original iron Lock Plate measures 4 1/4"” long by 15/16” tall. The tail is stepped down at the rear and has a point at the rear. The perimeter of the lock plate and the rear portion is engraved.. It is marked “R. HYSLOP / & Co” on the face between the hammer and the frizzen spring. The original Hammer has a goose neck design and measures 2 1/2 tall and it has engraving on the bottom portion. The top jaw is original and measures 7/8” long and the Jaw Screw still operates correctly. The iron flash pan measures 3/4” and is integral to the lock. The Frizzen measures 1 ½” tall and operates correctly. The Frizzen Spring measures 1 1/8” long and has a small tear drop finial on the bottom.

The inside of the lock is all original. The Main Spring is still present and remains strong. The Tumbler, Sear and Bridle all appear to be original. The Sear Spring remains strong. Both original Lock Screws are present as noted. The inside of the lock plate is marked “ASHMORE.”

The original Barrel is present and measures 37 1/4” long and is .56 caliber. The barrel exhibits a dark plum patina throughout with evidence of light, old corrosion on the exposed portion. There is very sharp rifling in the barrel and it is clear to the touch hole. There are no discernible markings on the barrel. The top of the barrel has a fixed Rear Sight, which is located 14 1/4” forward of the breech. The original Front Sight is dovetailed 3/4” from the muzzle and has a brass blade that measures 7/8” long by 5/8” wide on the dovetail. This rifle is unique in that it has a separate tang assembly that measures 1 7/8” long and is secured on the breech plug itself. The Breech Plug has a witness line that aligns with a corresponding witness line on the rear face of the barrel. The original Tang Screw is present. The original touch hole is present and is clear to the breech.

The bottom of the barrel has a ramrod channel that measures 21 1/8” long and it has two ramrod guides. The ramrod guides measure 1 1/8” for the rear one and 1 1/16” for the forward one. The original hickory Ramrod is present and measures 37 1/8” long that measures .46” wide at the top tapering down to .22” wide at the rear.

This is a beautiful Kentucky Half Stock Rifle that remains in its original flint.

This rifle is an antique so it can be shipped to anyone. This rifle will also come with an historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

 

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