British Pattern 1776 Infantry Rifle,
.62 caliber 28-1/2" barrel, flint, used,
walnut, brass trim, from correct parts by
used, The Rifle Shoppe
Part Number: AAR-358
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This Pattern 1776 Infantry Rifle would be ideal for a British Revolutionary War impression. Hand made, this replica of the regulation rifle was used by the British Army in America from late 1776. One thousand rifles were produced, 800 in Birmingham and 200 in Hanover.

An advanced project available from The Rifle Shoppe. The rifle has been stocked in a straight grain walnut, proper for a military rifle, and is trimmed in the brass furniture. A good deal of information on the 1776 Pattern Infantry rifle can be found in the book, British Military Flintlock Rifles 1740-1840, by De Witt Bailey, Ph. D our #BOOK-BMFR.

The 28-1/2" swamped barrel was produced by Colerain Barrel Company and is rifled with a .62 caliber bore with six round bottom grooves. The rifle weighs 8.4 pounds and has a trigger reach of 13-3/4", well suited for today's average size shooter.

Stocked in straight grain walnut, as is correct for a military rifle. The stock is shaped with small details of a original, including the raised molding at the transition of wrist and comb. A stamped inspection mark is located on the buttstock. The stock is stained and finished with a hand rubbed satin oil finish. The brass furniture has been polished bright and darkened to a mellow patina.

This military rifle features a hooked breech with keys, a very nice feature for the period. The three keys are slotted for capture pins, but none have been installed. The capture pins would prevent the keys from being completely withdrawn from the stock, preventing loss, a ideal feature for a military rifle. Once the keys are clear of the underlugs, withdraw the ramrod, and lift the barrel, swivel yoke, and ramrod out of the stock as a single unit. Once out of the stock, the barrel can be easily cleaned without getting any residue on the stock. The front swivel does not need to be removed, on this pattern of rifle the swivel is mounted to a lug which is not attached to the barrel, but instead mounted to the wood of the forestock.

The steel muzzle cap and swivel yoke. The muzzle cap is mounted by a screw from the bottom up into the stock. On the antique rifles this muzzle cap retaining screw was screwed into the bottom flat of the barrel. The builder has elected not to do this to make the rifle easier to remove the barrel for cleaning and not risk the damage of this slender piece of wood under the muzzlecap.

The swivel yoke screws are tapped into blind holes in the barrel. We do not recommend removing these screws to remove the arms of the swivel yoke. The original construction technique was to drill completely through the barrel into the bore. This construction technique would not be considered acceptable today. If you must remove the ramrod from the swivel yoke it would be best to unscrew the brass tip on the internal end of the ramrod.

Our top view of the 1776 Pattern Infantry Rifle shows the comb of the rifle that slightly flares out as it travels rearward from the wrist to the buttplate. A short brass extension of the buttplate can be seen traveling up the comb, similar to the large extensions found on the Brown Bess muskets.

Ahead of the wrist the short rounded tang of the hooked breech can be seen. A single tang bolt is positioned through the tang, slot neatly aligned with the barrel. The stock is shaped with a large raised beaver tail around the tang of the hooked breech.

Polished armory bright the .62 caliber swamped barrel stretches 28-1/2" forward to the muzzle and has been fit with the proper sights, a hinged three leaf rear sight sits 7" forward of the breech while a all brass front sight is dovetailed in 1-1/8" the muzzle. The top flat of the breech is lightly stamped with two inspection marks.

The stock is shaped with a rounded toe. The triggerguard is shaped with acorn finials at the front and rear. A thick boss at the front of the triggerguard bow mounts the rear sling swivel.

Three brass ramrod pipes retain the steel ramrod. A ramrod retention spring adds tension to keep the ramrod secure, and is mounted on the exposed side of the ramrod. The ends of the spring are fitted into the forward and middle ramrod pipes. A copper rivet in the forward pipe retains the spring. The forward sling swivel lays against the forward ramrod pipe to prevent the sling from interfering with the ramrod. The ramrod is fitted with a brass tip on the end on the internal end. This brass tip can be unscrewed if you ever need to remove the ramrod from the swivel yoke.

This hand tuned lock is cast from an original and neatly assembled and marked as original. The tail of the lock is marked Tower, and marked with the crown over GR. This lock sparks very well. We recommend our #FLINT-ENG-7 knapped English gun flints. The trigger is pinned high for good leverage, but not so high it can overpower the half cock notch. Molded from a antique lock. These castings can take some extra polishing to remove any small marks in the castings. Some of the engraving on the lock has a faded appearance.

A large flat sideplate is inlet flush with the side panel of the stock. The two lock bolts retain the lock. The stock is shaped with a raised molding along the transition of the wrist and comb.

A interesting military rifle not often replicated today. The lock sparks well, Metal to wood fit is good with some small wear noted. The furniture has a nice mellow patina. Order this rifle today!
 
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