Antique Halfstock Rifle,
.41 caliber, 43" octagon barrel,
Goulcher percussion lock, brass trim, maple stock,
barrel marked Pannebacker
Part Number: AAQ-925
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This antique half stock rifle has circa 1850 to 1880 styling and is fitted with a Goulcher percussion lock. The stock is larger than typically found on antique rifles and it is very possible this rifle was restocked long ago, or even as late as the 1950's when the muzzleloading revival was just beginning. It still shows many dings and scratches typical of an antique rifle. Trigger reach is 14-1/2" for a taller size shooter. Weight is 10.5 pounds.

The antique .41 caliber octagon barrel measures .95" at the breech and tapers toward the muzzle, which measures .90". The 43" barrel has seven grooves and lands cut rifled for pure lead round balls. A land to groove measurement is .422". The bore is dark and has a fair amount of pitting common on a rifle of this age. The barrel stamp is worn and is barely visible, we can make out M PANNEBACKER. We believe this is William Pannebacker Jr. who was a gunsmith in Trenton, New Jersey in the later half of the 19th century. The barrel has a worn brown finish, and has many dings from handling and use. The octagon flats of the barrel, around the hooked breech and the snail bolster, show pitting from the corrosive antique percussion caps. The breech plug is not perfectly indexed with the barrel flats, so it must have been removed at some point. A silver blade set in an iron base is dovetailed 1-1/2" behind the muzzle, we note the sight is inverted. A buckhorn rear sight is dovetailed 9-1/2" ahead of the breech, and the inside of the sight is shaped like an acorn.

The rifle is stocked in figured maple with a dark finish. The wood has many dings and scratches from years of use. A pewter forend cap is fitted to protect the end grain of the stock. A flat oval cheek is carved on the left side of the buttstock and a brass side plate surrounds the lock bolt. The forearm has a nickel silver oval inlay which surrounds the barrel wedge key. The key is captured to prevent loss when removing the barrel. Remove the ramrod, slide the wedge key to the capture pin, and the barrel easily lifts out of the stock. The brass buttplate has a long heel extension to engage the shooter's shoulder. The buttplate is mounted with two brass screws, which are not in common use in the 1800's. All of the brass has dulled to a pleasing mellow patina.

The top view shows the long tang that engages the hooked breech of the barrel. The bottom view shows the decorative brass toeplate which protects the critical toe area during loading. It is secured to the stock with three small brass screws. The triggerguard bow has a finger spur, and the rear of the grip rail has a curled spoon. The triggerguard is attached with two small brass screws. The 5/16" diameter ramrod passes through the pewter cap. Two mismatched brass ramrod pipes are soldered to the barrel's under rib. The hollow rib is original to the barrel and still has the solder that is used to fill the muzzle end. The ramrod does not have any tips to accept loading and cleaning accessories. We recommend our #RAMROD-C-44-10 to service this rifle.

This rifle has a Goulcher percussion lock. The Goulcher family were prolific lock makers, and must have made thousands of locks, they are commonly seen on percussion longrifles. The lock plate has aged to a textured silver gray patina. The lock plate has an engraved border, with die embossed bird scene on the tail and Goulcher name below the bolster of the breech. The lock panels are very dominant on this rifle. The nipple is a modern replacement. There is a significant gap between the snail bolster and the lockplate. The lock does not have a half cock notch cut into the tumbler, which is common on antique percussion locks to simply fitting to set triggers. The hammer has a crack starting to form on the lower backside. The hammer is also loose on the tumbler and has some side to side wiggle. This rifle is fitted with thin, dainty single lever double set triggers. The single lever double set triggers do not have a front trigger bar which requires that they must be set to fire the lock. The triggers can be set before or after cocking the lock.

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