Antique Halfstock Rifle,
.45 caliber relined bore, 36-1/2" octagon-to-round barel,
G. Goulcher percussion lock, walnut, brass,
relined barrel marked Weichold, Cincinatti, Ohio
Part Number: AAR-506
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This antique half stock rifle is unsigned but appears to have been made in the mid 19th century. This percussion rifle is stocked in walnut and trimmed in brass furniture with a poured pewter forend cap. The G. Goulcher lock is a common hardware store lock, with similar locks found on many antique longrifles. The single lever double set triggers were also a common feature on mid 19th century halfstock rifles. This heavy barreled 12 pound rifle was likely intended for target shooting originally, where the weight would be an advantage. The barrel has had the bore relined by J.W. Weichold, Cincinatti, Ohio and both the barrel and lock have been refinished to a dark blue with a well used patina now. Trigger reach is 13-3/4" which should fit today's average size shooter well. This rifle was likely restored to service in the 1950's when muzzleloading was gaining in popularity, but there we limited reproduction rifles available.

The 36-1/2" octagon-to-round barrel is just over 1-1/4" at the breech with a 11" octagon section with a 3/4" round section with a step down to round at the muzzle. The barrel has been relined and is marked at the muzzle around the bore Weichold Cin O by the gunsmith. This should be the marking of J.W. Weichold, Cincinatti, Ohio in business circa 1940 to 1960. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. The exterior of the barrel has been refinished with a modern blue, which has worn and aged to a blue gray patina in some areas. The top of the barrel has two unfilled blind holes positioned around the rear sight dovetail. The rear sight is a modern replacement and is not original to the rifle. The front sight is a thick blade soldered to the barrel, and also appears to be a modern replacement.

The stock is walnut with a small amount of figure along the comb of the rifle. The buttplate has a gentle curve in mid 19th century fashion. The triggerguard has a large bow to accept the double set triggers and is shaped with a spur on the bow and fish lip grip rail. The stock has a crack developing at the front final of the triggerguard, which may require some attention in the future. The barrel is secured with a single wedge key, which appears to be a modern replacement. The forend is fitted iwth a poured pewter forend cap that acts as the ramrod entry pipe. The sidepanel is fitted with a single lock bolt with a washer style sideplate. The stock has the typical crack from the sideplate to the breech from the wood shrinking against the barrel over time. The oval cheek piece is unusually decorated with a large panel of checkering across the lower half.

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 has the same blue finish as the barrel. The lock plate has an engraved border, with die embossed bird scene on the tail and Goulcher name below the bolster of the breech. This lock has only a half cock position, typicaly of many late percussion locks to simplify constuction and fitting with set triggers. The nipple is a modern replacement, which has unfortunately been cross threaded into the drum at some point in the past. This will require attention before the rifle could be fired. See our selection of oversize taps and nipples. #TOOL-RETAP-SET-5. The triggers are single lever double set. The single lever triggers require that they must be set to fire the lock. You can set the triggers before, or after cocking the lock.

This antique rifle has a bright modern relined bore. The lock and triggers function correctly. The cross threaded nipple will require attention before the rifle should be fired for the safety of the shooter and those around the shooter. 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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