James River, Virginia Smoothrifle,
20 gauge, 44" octagon-to-round barrel,
dark stained maple, brass furniture, by G. Rasche
Part Number: AAT-318
Availability: In Stock
Price: $2,399.00
This James River Virginia smoothrifle shows a blend of English and Germanic influences. The large wide buttplate and triggerguard both have a strong Germanic appearance. The patchbox design appears to be patterned in the style of an antique by John Davidson, circa 1757 - 1832. The large round faced English lock is typical of many Southern rifles, and is designed for fast, reliable ignition. Stocked in dark stained maple, and trimmed in brass furniture with a lightly aged patina. The Jim Chambers' round faced and octagon-to-round barrel are both finished to a pewter gray. This smoothbore is very neatly assembled with well fitted and finished parts. The rifle is marked with the touch mark of G. Rasche. Even with the 8.8 pound weight the octagon-to-round barrel gives this smoothbore excellent balance. Trigger reach is about 14" to fit today's average shooter. Made with a slight amount cast-off, it will fit right hand shooters well.

The 20 gauge by 44" octagon-to-round barrel transitions from 8 flats to round with a single wedding band. We recommend our 20 gauge wads and cards for use with the .615" diameter bore. The bore appears bright in as-new condition. The exterior of the barrel is finished to a dark pewter gray. The barrel is fitted with a iron blade front sight soldered behind the muzzle, and does have a rear sight dovetailed 9-1/2" ahead of the breech. The edges of the rear sight dovetail are staked.

The plain maple stock is finished dark to a almost black tone. Modeled after the guns made at James River, Virginia, this rifle has a comfortable wide flat buttplate, probably circa 1750 to 1780. The patchbox has a large brass bezel with inset square door. The door has a spring catch at the rear edge to secure it. The bezel is correctly retained with steel screws and is decorated with a engraved folk art border. Depress the spring catch at the rear to open the patchbox door. Beneath the door is cut cavity for storing flints, jags, or other shooting accessories. The maker notes there is a glued check above the toe. It is visible as a dark line but should not cause any further issues. You may notice that 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. The lock panels gently taper widest at the rear in early flint longrifle fashion. The flared finial of the tang is surrounded with a raised carving.

The buttplate extends just past the toe of the stock to provide a small amount of protection to the fragile wood at the toe. The toe is often one of the most common areas to acquire dents and dings. The triggerguard has a very strong Germanic style to the bow and grip rail. The triggerguard in engraved with a folk art line border similar to the patchbox. The forearm of the stock is shaped with an incised molding along the edge of the ramrod channel. The muzzle end of the forend is protected with a brass muzzle cap. The barrel is served by a ramrod with a brass tip threaded 10-32 for loading and cleaning accessories. The large brass sideplate fills the side panel in Germanic fashion. The sideplate is decorated with a folk art border, molding across the tail, and a "R" touch mark. The classic square longrifle cheek piece has a raised carved design behind it.

Ignition is provided by a Jim Chambers round face Virgina lock. The flint lock sparks well, and is sure fire. The big lock requires our 7/8 by 1" English gun flint. Notice 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. This gun will fire instantly, without delay. The frizzen edge just touches the barrel flat on the upper edge and has rubbed a bright spot in the finish. The double lever double set triggers are tuned to fire from a set or unset position, and can be adjusted for trigger pull in the set position. You may cock the hammer, or set the trigger, in any sequence.
We recommend simple and attractive Virginia smoothrifle for the French & Indian War era or the Revolutionary War enthusiast. 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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