British Hand Mortar,
2-1/2" bore, 7-7/8" brass barrel,
walnut, brass, TRS lock marked Predden, used
Part Number: AAT-888
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This hand Mortar, is an early style of grenade launcher. Hand mortars were known during the late 1500's and were in use by most armies circa 1680. The grenades were lit separately and the mortar was used to launch it. This example uses British Queen Anne musket furniture circa 1702 to 1714, which would predate the Long Land Pattern musket. The furniture shows a blend of Dutch and English styles that would influence the design of the later Brown Bess. Assembled from parts by The Rifle Shoppe each of these castings is molded directly from the parts of a fine antique gun. This hand mortar has some patina from long storage, but is said to be unfired. Trigger reach is 13-1/4" to fit today's average size shooter. Weight is 9.8 pounds.

The 7-7/8" turned brass barrel has a 2-1/2" diameter bore that steps down into a smaller powder chamber. The 2-1/2" bore is so large you can easily see all the way to the breech and the cross drilled hole for the vent at the face of the steel breech plug. The outside of the barrel has turned decorative rings. The brass has aged to a mellow patina.

Stocked in walnut finished to a warm brown tone. The musket is trimmed in burnished brass furniture, cast from a antique musket. The buttplate has a long thin comb which is similar to a 1706 Dutch musket, yet not quite so large as the later long land pattern muskets. The very tip of the buttplate comb has lifted from the mortise slightly. The wrist is inlaid with a brass thumbpiece. Antique military muskets often have unit names, and sequence numbers engraved on the thumb piece. The bottom view shows the wide butt with rounded toe. The toe and forearm are fitted with swivels for a sling, in Grenadier style. The early brass triggerguard with unique finials is mounted with screws. The lock is correctly positioned with the flash fence at the back of the barrel. The rear lock panels are surrounded by a raised carved molding. The side plate has sweeping curves with a long tail.

Cast from an antique lock the banana shaped lock plate does not have a pan bridle in early style. The lock is marked Predden, beneath the pan. The lock is polished bright, which has faded the cast-in engraved features. The bright finish has a few speckles of patina that have developed. The lock engages the half cock notch and full cock notch correctly, and has a powerful mainspring. The lock sparks well. and we recommend a 1" wide English flint. #FLINT-ENG-8. The barrel has a direct drilled vent hole that is well centered on the pan of the lock.

This hand mortar is appropriate for any early 1700's period British reenactor. 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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