Antique Ohio Fullstock Longrifle,
.40 caliber, 37-1/2" barrel,
curly maple, brass, percussion, unsigned
Part Number: AAT-928
Availability: In Stock
Price: $1,249.00
This Ohio fullstock longrifle is unmarked as to a maker, but is does show a skilled hand. The overall style of the rifle is typical of many mid to late 19th century percussion long guns from the Eastern U.S. The rifle is assembled with a heavy barrel, percussion lock, and brass trim. Trigger reach is 13-1/4", about average for many antique guns. Weight is 10.7 pounds.

The barrel is 1" octagon with .40 caliber bore. The bore is rifled with seven lands and grooves. The grooves are dark with scattered dark spots on the grooves. The barrel is fitted with a very low period silver blade front sight and a period semi-buck horn rear sight. We did not find a signature or stamp visible on the barrel.

The stock was stained to a reddish brown with golden undertones and has very attractive figure. The finish from the wrist and lock panels has been worn through from handling and cleaning. You can see some visible streaks in the finish from water with black powder residue. The buttstock has a very slender profile in mid to late 19th century profile. The brass buttplate has a gentle curve to engage the shooter's shoulder. The tang of the breech is shaped with a rounded end. The stock does have some flash erosion on the breech near the nipple from repeated cap flash. The breech end of the barrel also displays a textured patina from the corrosive 19th century period caps.

The toe of the stock is protected with a toeplate nailed to the stock. The brass has aged to a dark patina an blends into the dark tone of the stock. The triggerguard is secured to the stock with two screws. The brass triggerguard has aged to a dark olive patina. The bow has a rear finger spur in addition to the curled grip rail. Forward on the rifle the ramrod pipes are formed from sheet brass, very plain with no decoration. The side panel is fitted with a brass lozenge style sideplate fitted flush with the side panel. The side plate design is similar to those found on Ohio rifles by J. Vincent, and William Rose. The lock bolt head has been polished, it does appear to be the antique bolt.

The percussion lock had a die stamped game bird design, which is now only lightly visible on the tail. The front of the plate has a heavy textured patina which has obliterated any name on the lock. The hammer is loose on the tumbler and has a very thin cup around the nipple from erosion. The lock appears to have been altered in the past with the sear bent and a additional notch cut in the tumbler, which serves no purpose. Because it has no fly detent the set trigger will just drop the hammer down into another notch. Internally the tumbler stop will allow the mainspring to drop past the lower edge of the lock plate. The nipple is currently acting as the stop, beware of dropping the hammer without the nipple installed or the wood on the lower lock mortise could be damaged. The nipple appears to be frozen in the drum, we did not attempt to remove it. The triggers are single lever double set, which require the triggers to be set to fire the lock. The front trigger return spring is weak and currently must be held forward to secure the trigger in the set position.

A unsigned antique Ohio fullstock longrifle. The lock and triggers would require attention before it could be fired. As with any antique rifle we would recommend remotely test firing it before shouldering it yourself to prove it safe to shoot. 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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