Early Lancaster County Longrifle,
.50 caliber 38" swamped barrel, Chambers' flint lock,
carved curly maple, sliding wood patchbox, brass trim,
by gun maker Stephen Paulson
Part Number: AAS-777
Availability: In Stock
Price: $3,399.00
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This nice early Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, longrifle is in lightly used condition with a few marks on the frizzen face. The rifle is stocked is a very attractive piece of curly maple and stained to a light brown with golden undertones to best display the figure in the stock. The rifle is trimmed in brass furniture with a hand burnished satin finish and a light patina from use. The swamped octagon barrel and Chambers' flintlock are finished to a silvery gray. This rifle features tight metal to wood fit and well executed raised carving. Signed by contemporary maker Stephen Paulson. Weighing in at 7.1 pounds the rifle has a trigger reach of 13-3/4", ideal for todays' average size shooter.

The 38" swamped octagon barrel is thickest at the breech, tapers to a narrow waist, and flares at the muzzle to bring both sights to the same plane. The cut rifled .50 caliber barrel has seven square grooves with a slow twist for a tightly patched round ball. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. The barrel is finished to a smooth silvery gray. The top flat is engraved S P 2013 between the breech and rear sight. A Pennsylvania style rear sight is fitted 10" from the breech, near the balance point. A nickel silver blade front sight is dovetailed 1-3/4" from the muzzle.

The curly maple stock is accented with a raised molding from the toe to the triggerguard. The brass buttplate is wide, with a very modest curve to engage the shooters' shoulder. The brass buttplate is shaped with a traditional paneled comb, with three flats and a wedding band. The cheek is angled wider to the rear, to recoil away from your face. A line of raised carving creates a cameo wrist which separates the comb from the wrist. A incised carved design surrounds the flared tang of the breech plug. The buttstock is fitted with a sliding wooden patchbox with raised and incised molding along the edges. The thumb relief at the base is cut with a very decorative Fluer de Lys design. Compress the door spring toward the lid and slide the patchbox door to the rear to reveal a deep cut cavity for flints, patches, or other shooting accessories.

The wide square toe tapers into the bottom of the lock panels. In place of a toeplate the buttplate extends past the toe to provide some protection to the thin wood at the toe of the stock. The triggerguard has a Germanic influence with a wide bow and offset grip rail with a curled spoon. Lock panels gently taper widest at the rear and are shaped with a incised molding along the full length of the panel. Well ahead of the triggerguard the ramrod is retained by two forward pipes and one entry pipe. A line of raised molding runs up the length of the ramrod channel on either side. A brass muzzlecap protects the end grain at the front of the rifle. The 3/8" wooden ramrod has a brass rod tip, threaded 8-32 for your ramrod accessories. We can supply every item you need, at small extra cost. Two dome headed lock bolts mount the lock to the rifle through the brass sideplate. The sideplate fills the panel in Germanic fashion. The stock is shaped with a raised square cheek, with C scrolls of incised carving behind the cheek.

This Jim Chambers' flint lock has been neatly reshaped to give it a early "Germanic" appearance with a very slight banana shape to the lock plate. Similar style lock are found on transitional American longrifles of the 1750-1760 era. The frizzen is filed to a fancy shape, and the frizzen spring is very handsome. Crisp flats on the pan mimic and amplify the octagon theme of the barrel. This pan has a bridle arm to support the frizzen pivot screw, an advanced feature for this early American lock. The frizzen is tightly fitted to the pan, to keep your powder dry. The wide single trigger has a decorative back. The wide flat face has a curled tip. The trigger is pinned high to provide good leverage against the sear.

Fast ignition is assured by the stainless vent liner, positioned well above the bottom of the pan, centered on the heat of the flash. If your flint longrifle suffers from that infamous slow whoosh-bang ignition delay, study the work of today's best gun makers, and position your vent well centered on the pan, high above the bottom, to serve as a window on the center of the flash.

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