Antique Target Rifle
.40 caliber, 32" barrel,
walnut, iron trim, back action percussion lock,
some repairs, well aged patina
Part Number: AAS-425
Availability: In Stock
Price: $879.00
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This halfstock rifle is unmarked as to a maker. The style of the rifle would be typical of the mid to late 1800's from the Eastern to the now Central U.S. The Goulcher back action lock is mated to a drum and nipple. The barrel is mounted with a hooded target front sight, and a aperture rear sight is fitted to the breech end of the barrel. This rifle is stocked in black walnut and has a repair on the upper side panel to replace a large area of wood. The ramrod pipes are mismatched and appear to be replacements mounted directly to the bottom flat of the barrel. The forend cap has been altered to accept the new position of the ramrod, and may also be a later replacement. It is likely that many of these repairs and alterations date from the 1950's when muzzleloading was gaining in interest and there were few replica rifles available. Trigger reach is 13" and this rifle weighs 9.6 pounds.

The barrel is .40 caliber with a 1-1/16" octagon tapering to 1-1/32" by 32" length. The muzzle is turned round as if it used a guide starter. The .40 caliber bore is rifled with seven lands and grooves. The bore is mostly bright, but does have scattered dark pitting. The exterior of the barrel is finished to a dark blue. The breech end has two small tapped holes with filler screws installed and the tang is accented with some very light hand engraving. The front sight is a hooded front sight with clip to secure the insert. The rear sight is a Winchester apature mounted to the dovetail. The aperture is elevation and windage adjustable and is stamped U.S.A. Pat 2104735.

The iron buttplate has a gentle curve to engage the shooter's shoulder. The straight grain black walnut stock appears to have been selected for strength. The rifle was likely sanded long ago, but even so it has some small scattered handling marks. 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. This triggerguard closely resembles those used on antique H.E. Dimick rifles. Our top view of the rifle shows off the rounded comb.

From below the long iron toeplate and iron triggerguard can be seen. The toeplate is mounted with two steel screws. Also visible is the Dimick plains rifle style triggerguard that has been screwed to the stock. The forend has silver escutcheon plates fitted. These plates overlay the stock and are likely a later addition. They also cover any pin for the underlug. A pewter forend cap protects the end grain at the muzzle and acts as a ramrod entry pipe. The forend cap has screws on the sides and the ramrod hole has been elongated to accept the ramrod mounted on the bottom of the barrel vs. offset for a rib. The ramrod pipes are mismatched lengths and are secured with what appears to be epoxy. The single lock bolt that passes through a round sideplate. A 7" piece of wood has been replaced on the upper side panel. The stock is shaped without a cheek piece.

Ignition for the rifle is provided by a back action percussion lock. The lock is stamped G. Goulcher with additional stamped hunting dog scene. The lock plate has a dark blue finish with scattered brown speckles. The nipple fitted to the drum is a .260-28 thread. The drum has some small tool marks and was likely removed at some point on the past. This lock has only a single position tumbler, to make it easier to mate to a single lever double set trigger. The single lever double set trigger does not have the backlash adjusted, the rear trigger is holding up the sear, and requires setting the trigger before cocking the lock.

A mid-19th century target rifle likely brought back into service during the 1950's or 60's. 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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