Bedford County Longrifle,
.45 caliber 42" octagon barrel,
L&R flintlock, curly maple,engraved brass trim,
signed by Daniel Krauss
Part Number: AAR-455
Availability: In Stock
Price: $2,999.00
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Longrifles made in the region of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, are immediately recognizable. These rifles are long, thin, and graceful, with a low comb. We know that rifles were made in Bedford County as early as 1776, and many were made between 1800 and 1890. This span makes the Bedford County rifle contemporary to the Brown Bess musket, the Hawken plains rifle, the Colt revolver, and even the Winchester lever action.

The design of this Bedford County longrifle in influenced by an antique rifle by William Border. The rifle is stocked in curly maple, and trimmed in engraved brass furniture. The L&R flint lock has the classic Bedford appearance with a long thin plate with square tail. Assembled and signed by contemporary builder Daniel Krauss. Trigger reach is 13-3/4" to fit today's average size shooter. Weight is only 7.7 pounds due to the large caliber and slender barrel profile.

The .45 caliber 42" Colerain barrel is 13/16" straight octagon by 42" overall length. The cut rifled bore has six deep radius grooves with a slow twist for a tightly patched round ball. The bore is bright and appears to be well maintained. We recommend our .440" diameter pure lead round ball, patched with .015" Ox-Yoke patching, lubricated with our Mink Oil tallow patch grease, if you require best accuracy. The rear sight is a flat top dovetailed 11-1/2" from the breech, "older" eyes often find this extra distance easier to use. . The nickel silver blade front sight is dovetailed behind the muzzle. The barrel is signed D. Krauss *** Bedford, Pa. between the breech and rear sight on the top flat.

Stocked in curly maple that has been stained with Aquafortis reagent to bring out the contrasting stripes of figure. The buttstock has a low straight comb. The rifle features a line of raised carving to create a cameo wrist. The lock panels are shaped with long beaver tail finials accented with engraved nickel silver tear drops. The buttstock is fitted with a decorative patchbox with pierced head and side panels. The brass patchbox is hand engraved in a traditional folk art style. The engraved door has button release in the heel of the buttplate. Beneath the door is a deep cut cavity for storing flints, jags, or other accessories. The buttstock tapers into the offset cheek, and a slender wrist. The breech plug tang tapers to a narrow point and includes both a tang bolt and wood screw, a feature found on some antique Bedford rifles.

The toe of the rifle is fitted with a long brass toeplate. The toeplate has a hand engraved border and starburst designs between each of the six mounting screws. The sand cast brass triggerguard is shaped with raised moldings and hand polished to a bright finish. The ramrod pipes are formed from sheet brass with octagon flats and incised ringed ends. The 3/8" diameter ramrod is fitted with a brass tip with 8-32 threads for loading and cleaning accessories. The side panel is shaped with raised molding along the edges. A flat brass sideplate with squared tail is inlet flush. The sideplate is hand engraved with a banner Est 1771 Bedford County Pa. and decorative background. In addition to the two lock bolts a third screw secures the tail of the sideplate. The third screw was common on early flintlocks, then fades from common use, and reappears on late flint longrifles. The raised caving along the comb works it's way down into a square cheek piece and continues toward the toe. The cheek piece is inlaid with a large oval, hand engraved with a Federal eagle with sheaf of arrows and olive branch.

The L&R Bedford County flint lock features the classic square tail design. The lock is shaped with a waterproof pan with rain gutters to either side. The lock is decorated with hand engraving on the lock plate and flint cock., the finished to a smooth dark brown. See the similar locks in the book Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington & Somerset Counties by Dr. James B. Whisker.

The double set triggers are tuned to fire from both the set and unset position. You may cock the lock or set the triggers in any order. Adjust the screw between the two triggers, inboard to reduce set trigger release pressure, our outboard to require a stronger pressure. The set trigger can provide very light release, perhaps an ounce or two, for accurate aimed shooting during pleasant weather.

In as-new unfired condition this classic Bedford County longrifle shows only a few marks on the frizzen face. The rifle is stocked in curly maple, trimmed in brass furniture, with a Colerain barrel and L&R flintlock. Signed by contemporary builder Daniel Krauss. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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