Halfstock Plains Rifle,
.45 caliber, 42" barrel,
percussion lock, maple, iron trim, used,
Part Number: AAT-121
Availability: In Stock
Price: $999.00
Stocked in maple, stained with golden brown undertones, and trimmed in traditional iron furniture, this halfstock plains rifle has a bright well maintained .45 caliber bore. This rifle is used, with many handling marks. It does have a few cosmetic flaws, and the set trigger backlash is not adjusted properly. The trigger reach is 13-1/4" and this long .45 caliber rifle weighs 10.3 pounds.

The 42" barrel is 15/16" straight octagon, and the .45 caliber bore is cut rifled with eight lands and grooves with a slow twist for a tightly patched round ball. The the end of the muzzle is stamped 41. There are no other markings on the barrel. The bore is bright and clean, it has been well maintained. The barrel exterior is finished to a chocolate brown. A tall nickel silver front sight set in a brass base is dovetailed 2" behind the muzzle. A semi-buckhorn rear sight is dovetailed 10-3/4" ahead of the breech.

The maple stock is finished to a low gloss and has many handling marks from years of use. There are some inletting gaps and we note the wood stands proud of the metal in some areas. Two simple iron ramrod pipes secure the hickory ramrod. We note these pipes are surface mounted to the rib and a large amount of solder can be seen on both sides of the pipes. A poured pewter nose cap protects the endgrain of the stock. A browned iron ramrod entry pipe is mounted 2" behind the pewter cap. Traditionally the front of the entry pipe is mounted flush with the rear of the nose cap. The wooden ramrod is decorated with a barber pole design and is fitted with an iron tip threaded to accept 10-32 cleaning and loading accessories. The ramrod extends 1/2" past the muzzle.

Shown from the top, the tang of the fixed breech plug is fitted with one tang bolt that engages the trigger plate below, the second is a wood screw that goes directly into the stock. This rifle uses a fixed breech and two wedge keys to retain the barrel to the stock. The wedge keys are surrounded by iron escutcheons. The bottom view reveals the iron toeplate with beaver tail finial. The long trigger plate can also be seen and the trigger guard has a classic scroll on the end, as seen on many original plains rifles. The left side shows the beavertail cheek, and the single lock bolt that retains the lock, recessed into a tear drop shaped iron sideplate inlay.

The R. E. Davis lock is a correct choice for this late fur trade era percussion rifle. Polished inside, the well tempered parts include a strong mainspring, stirrup link, and a fly detent to allow set triggers. We note the back of the hammer cup is chipped off. The hammer barely clears the stainless steel Hot Shot nipple. The L&R double set triggers do not have the backlash adjusted properly. The rear trigger must be set before cocking the hammer to provide clearance for the sear.

This .45 caliber plains rifle has a bright well maintained bore. This rifle needs a little refinement to look and function correctlly. It is a diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered. 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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