Antique Plains Rifle,
.47 caliber, 30-1/2" barrel,
percussion bar lock, walnut, iron trim,
by J. Wurfflein
Part Number: AAS-415
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This halfstock plains rifle is marked J. WURFFLEIN PHILADA on the top flat of the barrel. This rifle is stocked in black walnut and trimmed in iron furniture. The percussion bar lock is mated to a hooked breech with two wedge keys securing it to the stock. The rifle has a well aged patina on the barrel, lock and stock. The stock has a long chip along the top right of the forearm and the right forward escutcheon plate is missing. The bottom of the forearm has also worn away and the ramrod is exposed . This classic Plains rifle would make a fine display for a late Fur Trade collection. The rifle weighs 12.6 pounds with a 13-5/8" trigger reach.

The barrel is .47 caliber with a 1-1/4" octagon by 30-1/2" length to the hooked breech. The rifle holds very steady if you can manage the 12.6 pound weight. The .47 caliber bore is rifled with seven lands and grooves. The bore is mostly bright, but it does have dark spots of scattered pitting running its entire length. The barrel is fitted with a semi-buckhorn rear sight dovetailed 6-3/4" ahead of the breech. The front sight is a small nickel silver blade. The last 1/4" of the barrel exterior near the muzzle is turned round. The barrel has aged to a speckled gray brown. The top flat is marked J. WURFFLEIN PHILADA midway between the breech and rear sight. The top of the hooked breech plug is engraved with a floral pattern that matches the engraving found on the tang. The head of the single tang bolt is engraved.

Our top view of the rifle shows off the rounded comb. Notice how the breech is tapered back towards the rear to create as slender a wrist as possible. The stock has many dings, dents, and marks from over hundred years of use. The iron buttplate has a gentle curve to engage the shooter's shoulder. The straight grain black walnut stock is checkered on the lower portion of the wrist, although most of this checkering has worn down. An engraved iron capbox decorates the right side of the buttstock. It easily opens to reveal a deep cut cavity. From below the long iron toeplate and iron triggerguard can be seen. The engraved toeplate is mounted with two steel screws with pineapple finial. The steel triggerguard is shaped with a wide open bow to accept the double set triggers. The triggerguard is shaped with a curled grip rail and the rear of the bow has a finger spur commonly seen on plains rifles. The trigger guard is engraved in the same floral pattern as found on the tang and mounted with two screws. An oval silver inlay is fitted midway between the toeplate and trigger guard.

The forend has two wedge keys that are captured to the stock. The front right silver oval escutcheon plate is missing. An iron forend cap protects the end grain at the muzzle and the ramrod passes through a separate entry pipe. The two forward ramrod pipes are fitted to the hollow under rib, they appear to be re-soldered on at some point during its working life. The bottom of the forearm has worn away exposing the ramrod behind the entry pipe. A 4" long strip of wood has broken off along the top of the right side of the forearm. A beavertail cheek piece is shaped on the left side of the buttstock. The checkering on the wrist is more visible on this side of the stock. The single lock bolt passes through an engraved pineapple shaped sideplate.

Ignition for the rifle is provided by a percussion bar lock. The lock is marked J. WURFFLEIN PHILADA. The drip bar is missing above the lock plate. The left side of the hammer cup has broken off. This lock has only a single position tumbler, to make it easier to mate to a double set trigger. This rifle is fitted with a single lever double set trigger. Due to the single lever design it will only fire from the set position. The lock can be cocked before the trigger is set.

This mid-19th century Plains Rifle will be ideal for a Fur Trade display. 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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