Bedford County longrifle,
.40 caliber 40" Green Mountain barrel,
fancy maple, carved, engraved, brass trim,
by noted contemporary gunmaker
J. A. Wymore
Part Number: AAS-158
Availability: In Stock
Price: $3,699.00
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This attractive Bedford County longrifle is ready for shipment today. Stocked in figured maple, the stock is stained with a deep amber brown stain, to enhance the contrast with the finish of the barrel and lock. This is a fine reproduction of one of the latest styles of longrifles. We may never fully understand Bedford County rifles. 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. Neatly built by contemporary maker J. A. Wymore this Bedford rifle incorporates features of the antique Bedford County rifle maker Jacob Stoudenour.

The 42" straight octagon barrel was made by Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company. Cut rifled with eight lands and grooves with a 1 in 60" twist for patched round ball. We recommend our .395" pure lead round ball, patched with .017" Ox-Yoke ticking, lubricated with Mink Oil grease, or other animal fat lubricant, if you require best accuracy for target shooting. The hunter may prefer our .015" Ox-Yoke precut patches, to allow easy loading in the field.

Constructed with correct low comb architecture on the stock typical of the Bedford region. The brass furniture is accented with brass tear drops on the lock panels and small brass escutcheon plates around the wedge pins.

The slender 13/16" octagon by 40" barrel gives this rifle excellent balance without being too muzzle heavy. The slender rifle tips the scales at 7.7 pounds. The trigger reach is 14-1/2" to suit a larger or taller shooter.

The buttstock is fitted with a brass patchbox with a large "Q" front finial. The side panels are inlet with open work. The patchbox is mounted with correct steel screws with the slots fitted with the slots neatly aligned. The head, side panels, and door are engraved in a traditional folk art style. Compress the spring latch toward the buttplate to allow the kick open spring to throw the door open. Beneath the door is a deep felt lined cut cavity for storing flints, patches, or other shooting accessories.

Shown from the top, this view shows the paneled buttplate comb with wedding band transition to the stock. Notice how the cheek is angled to the rear, to recoil away from your face, an ingenious feature found on better rifles. A line of raised carving defines the front edge of the comb. A nickel silver thumbpiece is fitted behind the tang.

The barrel is finished to a dark blue gray. The breech end of the barrel is signed JAW 93. The semi-buckhorn rear sight is dovetailed 11" ahead of the breech. Shooters with "older" eyes or corrective lenses will appreciate the extra distance from the breech. A iron blade front sight is dovetail mounted behind the muzzle.

The bottom view reveals the brass triggerguard, with slender bow. The patchbox is polished bright and secured to the stock with a combination of pin and screw. A long toe plate protects the fragile toe area. Mounted with two steel screws with the slots neatly aligned with the barrel.

The forend is slim and graceful. A 3/8" diameter ramrod serves the barrel. The ramrod is finished with a barber pole stripe. A brass tip is installed to accept 8-32 threaded loading and cleaning accessories.

Ignition is provided by this L&R Lock Company Bedford County styled flintlock. The tail of the lock plate has the classic extended tail. The lock plate is nicely finished to a dark gray brown to match the barrel. Ahead of the flint cock and below the pan the plate has been signed J. S. in the style common to antique Bedford rifles that were commonly initialed by the builder. The lock panels have a long raised beaver tail at the rear, and a raised molding at the front. A brass inlay is inlet flush with the stock on the beaver tail.

The double lever double set trigger is adjusted to allow the lock to be cocked, or the trigger set, in any sequence. Trigger geometry is set to give this rifle a very light release, when set, and a more firm release, when unset. 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.

The large brass sideplate is shaped with a extended tail and engraved with a folk arty style. The lock bolts heads have been decoratively filed to shape. The classic longrifle cheek piece is surrounded by attractive raised carving.

The line of raised carving that defines the front edge of the comb flows back into the square cheek piece. The cheek is inlaid with a engraved brass eagle clutching a banner. Raised carved scrolls extend from the rear of the cheek piece. The carving is well done with a smooth clean back ground.

This longrifle is near new, well maintained. 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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