Colonial Longrifle,
.50 caliber, 43-1/2" Rice swamped barrel,
Chambers flintlock, curly maple, brass, patina finished
Part Number: AAS-359
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Stocked in curly maple and trimmed in patina finished brass furniture. The design of this Colonial era longrifle rifle appears to have been highly influenced by examples from Tidewater region which had considerable trade with the English. This rifle shows the blend of English and Germanic influences. The large wide buttplate and square cheek piece are of Germanic influence. The large round faced English lock is designed for fast, reliable ignition. This is a fine reproduction of a rifle which would have been used a tool for daily life during the 18th century. The trigger reach is about 13-3/4" to fit today's average shooter. Weight is 9.7 pounds.

The 43-1/2" length .50 caliber Rice swamped barrel is cut rifled with seven lands and grooves. Grooves are cut .016" deep, with round bottom rifling. Twist is 1 turn in 66", for .50 caliber round ball. Crown is 60 degree lathe cut and polished. The swamped barrel is light weight due to the taper and flare of the swamped octagon barrel. The thick breech makes the barrel very strong. The thin waist saves weight, and the muzzle flares to bring the front sight to the same sighting plane as the rear sight. The brass blade front sight is dovetailed 2" behind the muzzle. The flat top rear sight is dovetailed 11" ahead of the breech.

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.

This longrifle rifle has a comfortable wide flat buttplate, probably circa 1750 to 1780. The buttplate is hand burnished and patina finished. The stock undecorated except for the patchbox. The patchbox design is attributed to Jacob Dickert and has a Christian's Spring influence. The door has a cam over center spring design and the buttplate is notched to allow access to the door. Lift the door with finger pressure to revealing a deep cut cavity for storing flints, jags, or other shooting accessories. Lock panels gently taper widest at the rear in early longgun fashion.

A short brass toeplate is fitted to protect the fragile wood at the toe of the stock. The inletting on the toeplate has a few small gaps. The bottom view reveals the Germanic influenced brass triggerguard, with long grip rail. The forend is slim and graceful, with a very slight Germanic palm swell just behind the ramrod entry pipe. The ramrod pipes are brass with a raised thumbnail skirt on the entry pipe. The 3/8" diameter ramrod is fitted with a steel tip for 8-32 threaded loading and cleaning accessories. The ramrod has been left 5/8" long and extends past the muzzle. A brass muzzle cap protects the end grain of the stock. The large sideplate dominates the side panel. Two highly polished domed lock bolts engage the lock opposite. The square longrifle cheek piece is unadorned. Later guns were often more highly decorated than earlier guns.

Ignition is provided by a Jim Chambers round face Virginia lock. Sometimes called a “Queen Anne" lock, this best quality round faced flint lock actually dates from the 1730 to 1770 era, well after Anne's reign ended. The patina finished lock requires our #FLINT-ENG-7 7/8" knapped English gun flint. The lock is engraved with a traditional design found on numerous antique examples with this lock design, and signed by the maker below the pan. The vent liner directly above the center of the flash pan, high enough to serve as a window on the hottest part of the flash. The flash hole is positioned well above the bottom of the pan, centered on the heat of the flash. The vent hole has been internally coned to provide good ignition. 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 single wide curled trigger has good leverage, giving this rifle an easy trigger release, and good feel.

We recommend this simple and attractive longrifle for the French & Indian War era reenactor or the Revolutionary War volunteer, seeking a suitable gun for militia duty. This longrifle is new, unfired. 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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