C. Beck, Pennsylvania Smoothrifle,
.54 caliber smoothbore, 47-1/2" octagon-to-round barrel,
flintlock, curly maple, brass with aged patina,
attributed to Van Pittmann
Part Number: AAT-980
Availability: In Stock
Price: $3,379.00
The design of this smoothbore is highly influenced by the work of Christian Beck, Lancaster County Pennsylvania circa 1780 to 1820. Said to be unfired the lock has only a few strikes on the frizzen face. The stock has a few scattered handling marks, and the brass has aged to a mellow patina. Unsigned the rifle is attributed to Van Pittman. Weighing 7.3 pounds, the rifle has a trigger reach of 13-1/2", to fit today's man size shooter.

The rifle is fitted with a W.E. Rayl produced .54 caliber smoothbore, 47-1/2" octagon-round barrel. The tapered octagon breech is 16" long with a single wedding band to round. The .540" diameter smoothbore is bright and appears as-new. The flat-top rear sight is mounted 12" ahead of the breech. Shooters with "older" eyes or corrective lenses will often find this extra distance from the breech easier to use. The front sight is a low brass blade front sight soldered to the barrel. The barrel is finished with a plum brown color over the full length of the barrel.

The curly maple stock is stained to dark brown with a reddish undertone. The dark coloration obscures the figure unless in bright sunlight. The tall, nearly flat buttplate will help spread the felt recoil from the .54 caliber bore over a large area. The brass buttplate is shaped with five flats and a wedding band transition on the comb. The patchbox is a copy of a "whale tail" design found on a signed Christian Beck longrifle. Examples of this patchbox are shown in the out of print book Gunsmiths of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by Dr. James B. Whisker. Lift the spring toward the buttplate heel to allow the door to spring open. The patchbox head, door, and side panels are hand engraved with a folk art style. A raised molding decorates the stock from the toe to the rear of the triggerguard. Additional raised carving defines the transition from comb to wrist. The carving has a few scattered tool marks visible on the edges.

Our bottom view of the rifle shows the toe fitted with a pierced brass toeplate accented with hand engraving. The triggerguard has a mellow aged patina. The two lines across the front of the triggerguard are features associated with longrifles produced in the Lebanon Township of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The lock panels are framed with a raised molding that transitions into incised carving on the forearm. The slender forearm wraps the octagon-to-round barrel and a muzzlecap is fitted to the rifle to protect the end grain of the stock. The ramrod pipes are paneled with raised rings on the ends for strength. The tapered ramrod is fitted with a 10-32 threaded steel tip. The rear of the ramrod has some scars, which appear to be from interference with the front lock bolt. The Beck style brass sideplate is retained by two lock bolts that pass through the stock and engage the lock on the opposite side. The square cheek piece is inlaid with a hand engraved man-in-the-moon design. This symbol is thought to bring the bearer good luck. Raised and incised carving decorates the stock coming down from the wrist into the cheek piece. The cheek is shaped with a molded edges. A embellished C scroll with raised and incised carving extends from the rear of the cheek. The carving has a few tool marks visible.

Ignition for the rifle is provided by this Jim Chamber's Dale Johnson flintlock. The Dale Johnson flintlock is based on large Siler lock internals, but features a 1/8" drop in the tail and a banana base line curvature reminiscent of the Transition period. This lock captures the styling used on many American longrifles. The lock plate stands slightly above the wood panel, and is chamfered along each edge, creating the shadow line around the lock plate. We recommend our #FLINT-ENG-6 for best performance in this rifle. The lock has a lighter plum brown finish with some wear from handling.

Fast ignition is assured by the vent liner, positioned well above the bottom of the pan, centered on the heat of the flash. The area around the vent has a well aged patina from firing and cleaning. 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 octagon-to--round smoothbore barrel gives this very long longrifle a modest weight and it is very easy to hold off hand. The small scattered handling marks and mellow patina give this smoothbore a nicely aged appearance. 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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