Hawken Rifle,
.54 caliber 34" Sharon barrel,
iron trim, L&R percussion lock, maple,
new, unfired, signed by George Nelson
Part Number: AAS-503
Availability: In Stock
Price: $2,499.00
Stocked in maple, this classic percussion halfstock Hawken rifle is trimmed with traditional Hawken iron furniture. The 34" straight octagon barrel and iron trim are rust browned, to an attractive finish which helps to eliminate reflections, glare, and mirage while sighting. A classic Hawken hooked breech and two wedge keys retain the barrel, allowing instant take-down, for easy cleaning. This rifle was assembled by contemporary builder George Nelson, and is signed on the top flat of the barrel. We have shown several pieces of his work over the years, and we are always pleased to offer hand made guns of this quality. Trigger reach is 13-1/4" to fit an average size shooter. This half-stock plains rifle weighs 9.4 pounds, and balances at the ramrod entry pipe.

The .54 caliber straight octagon Sharon barrel is 34" from the muzzle to the breech. Many serious shooters mourned the passing of the Sharon Barrel Company, and the late Hall Sharon. The barrel is a sturdy 1" octagon across the flats, which are crisp and square. Finished a lovely chocolate brown, the tone of the brown finish is a nice compliment to the maple stock with it's subtle golden undertone. The .54 caliber bore is bright and clean, cut rifled with eight lands and grooves with a slow twist for a tightly patched round ball. The semi-buckhorn rear sight is dovetailed 9-1/4" ahead of the breech. Drift it right or left in its dovetail, to correct windage. The front sight is a traditional silver blade in a copper dovetail base. Trim the blade, to raise bullet impact to point of aim. The barrel is signed G. B. NELSON on the top flat.

The maple stock is stained to an amber brown with golden undertone. The buttstock has a classic Hawken crescent buttplate to engage the shooter's shoulder. The stock is nicely shaped with a slender profile. The forend is fitted with oval escutcheon plates for the wedge keys. All the mounting screws are neatly aligned with the barrel. The chocolate brown finish of the octagon barrel, lock, and iron furniture is smoothly finished.

The long iron tang of the hooked breech strengthens the wrist. This best quality hooked breech was made by Sharon Barrel Company, and it fits the lock snugly. Two wedge keys retain the barrel. Use a small brass, or hardwood drift to loosen the keys and slide them past the underlugs. The wedge keys are captured to the stock to prevent loss. The hooked breech allows the barrel to be easily dismounted for cleaning without risk of wetting the stock with water containing black powder residue. To dismount the barrel, put the lock on half cock, withdraw the ramrod, drift the keys past the underlugs, and the barrel can be lifted from the barrel channel for ease of cleaning. Remove the 1/4-28 nipple and place the breech end of the barrel in a bucket of soapy water. Run a wet patch down and up the bore, the pumping action will flush all the fouling from the barrel. Once the bore is clean, run a dry patch down the bore to pick up any moisture followed by an oily patch. Dry and oil the exterior then reassemble the rifle.

The traditional iron toeplate protects the toe, ending a beaver-tail finial, a common theme on the Hawken rifle. The long trigger bar, anchored to the long tang with two tang bolts, supports and reinforces the wrist. A hard fall will probably not break this rifle, while you are hunting the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, many days by horseback and keel-boat from Sam Hawken's gun shop in Saint Louis. The forearm of the stock is fitted with a traditional pewter muzzle cap. A iron ramrod entry pipe is fitted behind the muzzle cap. The snugly fitted hickory ramrod has a barber pole stripe and is fitted with an iron tip at the front end, threaded 8-32 for your cleaning jag. The single lock bolt, and tear drop escutcheon around it, are classic features of a half-stock Hawken plains rifle. The beaver-tail cheek piece adds comfort for a right hand shooter, while aiming this 19th century plains rifle.

The L&R percussion Hawken lock has been browned to a smooth finish. The lock has a strong mainspring, stirrup link, and fly detent, all nice internal features. The percussion lock has a square inside corner, the lock panel gently fades up into the bolster of the lock. The slant faced breech is fitted with a 1/4-28 stainless steel nipple. Double lever double set triggers by L&R are properly tuned to fire set or unset, for target match shooting, or cold weather hunting with gloved fingers. You may cock the lock before or after setting the triggers.

If you seek an attractive example of an Hawken half-stock rifle, made exclusively from best American parts, signed by the maker, this example is worthy of your consideration. This plains rifle 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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