Isaac Haines Longrifle,
.54 caliber 46" Rice swamped barrel,
flint lock, curly maple, brass trim,
used, by Michael Hayes
Part Number: AAR-599
Availability: In Stock
Price: $3,999.00
This extraordinary flint .54 longrifle bears the signature of Michael Hayes, whose fine longrifles are appreciated for their quality, artistic merit, and correct details. Modeled after the work of Isaac Haines, this longrifle is said to have been used, with a natural aged patina and a bright well maintained bore. The work of Isaac Haines was little known until John Bivins and his associates began emulating his work. Apparently Joe Kindig, Jr. did not have an Isaac Haines longrifle in his vast collection, so Haines was not listed in Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age. Dr. George Shumway suggests that the original gunmaker, Isaac Haines, may have been Lancaster County's most influential gunmaker, bringing his knowledge of sophisticated Philadelphia carving styles to his region, during the 1770's.

Made in the popular Lancaster County, Pennsylvania style, stocked in curly maple, the figure has attractive stripes and modest swirls, from muzzle to butt. Stained to an attractive amber brown, with gold undertones common to rifles from the Lancaster region. The stock is expertly raised carved with smooth clean backgrounds. The brass furniture has aged to a natural mellow patina from handling, firing, and cleaning. The barrel and Chamber's Deluxe Siler flintlock are finished to a smooth silvery brown. The rifle has a 13-1/2" trigger reach for todays average size shooter. The rifle weights 9.2 pounds, and holds quite steady if you can manage the weight.

The .54 caliber swamped octagon Rice barrel has a 46" length. The swamped octagon barrel is thickest at the breech, tapers to a narrow waist, and flares slightly at the muzzle. Cut rifled the bore has seven lands and square grooves with a 1 in 66" twist for a tightly patched round ball. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. Rice Muzzle Loading Rifle Barrels are set between centers and milled octagonal, insuring a centered bore, concentric with the exterior, with no "run-out". Each barrel is stress relieved in an atmosphere controlled electric furnace, to eliminate work hardening or barrel warp, and to dampen harmonic vibrations or barrel whip.

After the rifling has been cut, each bore is "ball burnished". A carbide bore-sizing die is pulled through the barrel, to insure bore dimension uniformity, eliminating any tight or loose spots inside the barrel. This critical procedure leaves the top of the lands smooth and polished, equaling the traditional lead lapping procedure. Rice barrels are Match grade quality, with bench rest capability. Rice barrels do not require lapping or extensive shooting to break-in. A flat top rear sight is dovetailed 12" ahead of the breech. Shooters with "older" eyes or corrective lenses will find this extra distance from the breech easier to use. A nickel silver blade with brass base is dovetailed 1-1/2" behind the muzzle. The top flat of the barrel is engraved M Hayes. We note there are a few marks in the barrel finish from someone adjusting the sights and using a steel punch instead of a hardwood or brass drift.

The stock is a lovely piece of maple, hard and dense with narrow stripes of figure best viewed in bright daylight. The buttstock has the classic angular lines of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The stock has a few small handling marks, which appear appropriate with the patina on the brass. Over time the wood has shrunk slightly with the buttplate just standing proud of the wood now. The buttplate comb is finished with broad flats and a wedding band transition. The cheek is offset to the rear to recoil away from the shooter's face. The lock panels gently taper widest at the rear, a architectural detail found on early flint longrifles. The raised carving around the tang is very well executed with smooth lines and well cleaned background. A single bolt passes through the tang and stock to engage the trigger plate below. Four small wedge keys retain the barrel to the forearm.

The brass patchbox is shaped and engraved in the style of Isaac Haines, with a simple floral motif on the domed lid, and floral borders on the finial. Correct steel screws are used to mount the brass patchbox and hardware. A button release in the heel of the buttplate allows the open the door to reveal a deep cut cavity for storing flints, jags, or other shooting accessories. Incised carving runs from the trigger plate back towards the toe on both sides of the buttstock.

The bottom view shows that no toe plate is fitted to this rifle. The triggerguard is hand filed with crisp flats and has a nice mellow aged patina. A panel of raised carving surrounds the tail of the ramrod entry pipe and transitions into a raised molding along the edge of the barrel channel. The ramrod pipes are brass with raised rings on the ends and paneled bodies. The hidden end of the ramrod is fitted with a steel tip with 8-32 threads for loading and cleaning accessories. A brass muzzle cap protects the end grain of the stock. The side panel is neatly shaped and fitted with a classic square tail Lancaster County sideplate. The cheek piece is expertly hand carved with decorative scrolls in the style of Isaac Haines. The carving is well done with smooth clean backgrounds.

Sure-fire ignition is provided by a Chamber's Golden Age flintlock. The lock plate has been finished to the same silvery brown to match the barrel. We recommend our 3/4" knapped English flints for best performance in this lock. The single trigger is properly pinned to give good leverage against the sear resulting in a crisp, clean pull. Fast ignition is assured by the stainless steel 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.

Very neatly assembled with fine raised carving. This rifle has a well used appearance with a few handling marks on the stock, and a mellow patina on the brass furniture. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. Mr. Michael Haye's fine longrifles are contemporary American folk art of the best quality made today. 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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