York County longrifle,
.45 caliber, 44" swamped barrel,
curly maple, raised carving, brass, L&R flintlock,
new, unfired, by M. E. Pering
Part Number: AAR-861
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This classic American flint longrifle is made in the style of early York County makers. Hand shaped from a sugar maple blank, the stock is hard and dense, making it ideal for crisp raised carving. The rifle is trimmed in hand burnished brass furniture, with tight metal to wood fit. The Rice swamped octagon barrel and L&R Classic flintlock are finished to a rust blue with a slight patina. Signed by builder M. E. Pering this is a fine example of a contemporary longrifle. With an overall weight of 8.6 pounds and a trigger reach of 13-1/8 inches this rifle was built with today's average sized shooter in mind.

The .45 caliber swamped barrel by Rice Barrel Company is thickest at the breech, tapers to a narrow waist, and flares slightly at the muzzle. The bore is cut rifled with 7 lands and grooves. Grooves are cut .016" deep, with round bottom rifling. Twist is 1 turn in 66 inches, ideal of a tightly patched round ball. 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 do not require lapping or extensive shooting to break-in.

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. Finished to a rust blue with the edges worn to a silvery gray patina. The maker's signature, M.E. Pering is engraved in block letters, on the top flat of the barrel. The barrel is fitted with a flat top rear sight dovetailed 11" ahead of the breech. Shooters with corrective lenses or "older" eyes will find the extra distance from the breech easier to use. The front sight is a 1/16" wide coin silver blade with brass base dovetailed behind the muzzle.

The dense sugar maple stock of this long rifle is neatly decorated with crisp raised carving. All the backgrounds have been well cleaned to give the carving a bold appearance. Lines are crisp, the sign of sharp tools with a skilled hand. The buttplate is wide and tall, to help spread the felt recoil over a large area. Metal to wood fit is excellent. The buttstock is fitted with a sliding wood patchbox. The patchbox is shaped with raised molding along each edge and thumb relief at the base. The door latches securely with no play when closed. Beneath the door is a deep cavity for storing flints, jags, or other accessories.

This graceful early York County rifle features a tapered comb that ends in a wide buttplate. The wide buttplate has three flats, and a wedding band transition to the comb. The buttplate is not perfectly centered behind the tang. Rather, it is offset from the right hand shooter's cheek. This feature is called cast-off, and it places the right hand shooter's eye directly behind the line of sight, making this gun instinctive to point and shoot for a right hand shooter. The flared tang of the breech plug is surrounded by attractive raised carving in a Flur de Lys design.

This bottom view shows the triggerguard, which is mounted in early style with a pin and a screw. The triggerguard is filed with crisp flats, and raised moldings. The lock panels are framed with a raised carved border. The forend of the rifle is decorated with a raised and incised carved molding along the edge of the ramrod channel. The muzzle end of the stock is protected with a brass muzzle cap. The 3/8" diameter ramrod is fitted with a flared brass tip with 10-32 threads for loading and cleaning accessories. The ramrod is mounted through brass ramrod pipes with raised rings and a paneled body.

Ignition is provided by a L&R Classic flintlock. The lock has a Germanic influence with a pointed tail with filed molding. Tuned for best performance, this lock is fitted with a heavy mainspring, for fast lock time and best sparking. Order a few of our 3/4" English gun flints, too. The wide single trigger is shaped with a scroll back design. The single trigger has a smooth release due to good internal geometry.

Fast ignition is assured by the White Lightnin' 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.

The side panel has very attractive geometry with the upper edge a continuation of the line created by the side and quarter flat. A raised molding frames the front and a long beaver tail finial extends down the wrist from the rear of the panel. The sideplate is shaped with sweeping curves and English influenced pointed tail . The sideplate is neatly hand engraved with decorative C scrolls. Crisp raised carving extends down from the front edge of the comb into the cheekpiece. The check is shaped with a molded edge. A raised molding extends from the toe to the rear of the triggerguard. Raised and incised carved C scrolls decorate the stock behind the cheekpiece. All of the carving is very crisp with smooth clean backgrounds.

A very neatly made contemporary York County Longrifle with raised and incised carving with fine fit and finish. 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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