Build Track's Edward Marshall transitional longrifle
from Christian's Spring, Pennsylvania,
in .45, .50, .54, .58, or .62 caliber
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Early longrifles, made at Christians' Spring, Pennsylvania are transitional rifles, blending formal German style with innovative American features. The shorter Germanic Jaeger rifles evolved into America's longrifle, during this early Colonial period. It may be more correct to call this an Albrecht style, after the family of gunmakers at Christian's Spring, Pennsylvania, who made transitional rifles such as Edward Marshall's rifle.

The rifle shown above was offered on our consignment program, and was constructed by contemporary builder Arch Averson. It is modestly decorated in the manner of the earliest longrifles.

The butt view shows the strong Germanic influence in this style of rifle. Our pre-carved stock includes a extra piece of wood, so you can shape a sliding wood patchbox. Or simply omit the patchbox as on the rifle shown, this rifle will look striking either way. Octagonal flats decorate the comb of the buttplate, which joins the stock with a decorative wedding band at front.

Notice the early R. E. Davis Germanic flint lock, selected for correct appearance and reliable ignition in competitive shooting. This lock is the correct style and shape for an early longrifle from the Christian's Spring school of gunmaking style. The lock has a strong mainspring, sparks well, and throws a shower of sparks directly into the pan.

The smaller inset shows a rifle assembled with a very Germanic style double set trigger with straight rear bar, and open bow triggerguard. Click on the link at the top or bottom of the page that notes the Germanic triggers for a list of parts.

We include a appropriate toeplate in our suggested list of furniture for this rifle. Notice the tapered lock panels, which flare widest at the breech end, a correct feature on early rifles.

This triggerguard is copied from a original rifle owned by Edward Marshall, famous for his Indian Walk for William Penn in 1737. Pictures of this rifle can be found in Rifles of Colonial America, Volume 1 by George Shumway.

This guard has a front and rear boss for screw mounting. Ideal for a Jaeger or Transitional longrifle. This triggerguard will easily accept our #TR-DST-6, large double lever double set trigger, with curled front trigger. This double lever trigger will fire your lock set or unset, when positioned and tuned correctly. Wax cast steel parts are tempered and assembled by R.E. Davis. We stock spare parts for this reliable fully assembled trigger, should you need them.

We offer Colerain 37" swamped barrels in 'D' profile, with taper and flare appropriate for a transitional rifle. Our price includes the breech plug, installed and match-marked. Our 37" swamped barrel is called the Edward Marshall style, in honor of the 1750 era frontiersman. Our Edward Marshall barrel is about 1.125" at breech, .860" at waist, and 1.062" at the muzzle.

Colerain barrels are cut rifled with fancy radius groove rifling, in these correct twist rates for round balls:

  • 1 turn in 56 inch twist, in .45, .50 or .54 calibers
  • 1 turn in 66 inch twist, in .58 or .62 calibers


Colerain rifle barrels are the favorite choice of today's best muzzle loading gun makers, because knowledgeable shooters demand Colerain's accuracy, inside and outside. Founded by two entrepreneurs, Scott Keller and Scott Kelly were tutored by Bob Paris, the famous rifle barrel maker who was first to perfect the technique for production of correct swamped barrels.

Colerain rifle barrels are drilled from solid steel, cut rifled .012" to .016" deep depending on caliber, with six "round bottom" grooves. Called "radius groove rifling", Colerain eliminates the sharp inside corner that accumulates fouling. Radius groove rifling cutters are a bit more expensive to make, but Colerain's customers agree that the accuracy, easy loading, and easy cleaning are worth the cost.

Colerain barrels are precisely profiled to fit our pre-inlet stocks, making the barrel a snap fit in our pre-inlet stock, after squaring the inside corners of our inletting, at the breech. This is a great labor saving advantage.

We offer this Edward Marshall stock with the precision pre-inlet for our Jaeger flint lock, #BP-Early-1 buttplate, 37" swamped Colerain barrel with plug, and drilled full depth for 3/8" ramrod. The stock has 14" pull, with 3-1/4" drop from sights. The buttplate is about 4-3/4 x 2-1/8". Called a transitional longrifle because it combines both early Jaeger and later longrifle features, it has a "bulbous forend" which bulges at the entry pipe. The forend is square ahead of the lock panels. Each of our Edward Marshall stocks are sold with a block cut from the same blank, so you have the option to install a sliding wooden patchbox.

Each of our Edward Marshall stocks are sold with a block cut from the same blank, so you have the option to install a sliding wooden patchbox. Our #PB-RK-WOOD-D forged steel release lever is modeled after originals used on early Colonial era longrifles, with sliding wooden patchboxes. This simple, clever, reliable latch mechanism is the choice of today's best longrifle builders, used on fine longrifles.

We offer a complete set of wax casting furniture in iron or brass, to fit this rifle. As cast, the castings need to have the casting gates removed by filing or grinding, and must be polished, then drilled for mounting screws, as needed.

Our suggested furniture includes:

  • buttplate, wax cast
  • sideplate, wax cast
  • triggerguard, wax cast
  • muzzle cap, wax cast
  • 3/8" ramrod entry pipe, wax cast
  • 3/8" ramrod forward pipes, wax cast
  • toeplate, formed sheet
  • ramrod, 3/8" diameter, 48" length
  • ramrod tip, 8-32 threads


  • Offered with double lever double set triggers, which may be fired set or unset when tuned correctly. Correct unplated screws and pins are included, as well as a full scale blue-print of our similar Jaeger rifle. Barrel underlugs are machined from solid steel, and will need to be dovetailed to the barrel. Our gunsmith can install these, at small extra cost.

    Both front sight and rear sights are available in either brass or iron. Our gunsmith can install these also, at small extra cost.

    This nice large flint lock is distinctly "Germanic" style for use on transitional American longrifles of the 1750-1760 era. Now, offered with two distinct flint cocks, bevelled, or a wide flat face. This lock is made for Track by R. E. Davis and Company. Intended for use on Jaegers or "transitional" longrifles, so-called because they fit midway between the early short barreled "Jaeger" hunting rifles, and the classic longrifles we know so well.

    Larger than Siler's large lock, this lock is an earlier and more decorative design. The frizzen spring is filed to a fancy shape, very handsome, retained by a hidden blind screw. Crisp flats on the integral pan mimic and amplify the octagon theme of the barrels used on such guns. This pan has no barrel arm to support the frizzen pivot screw. Instead, a massive shouldered pivot screw supports the frizzen, which tightly fits the pan.

    This is the so-called "banana" lock plate design, because the plate curves gracefully. Such architecture made the lock flow with the lock panels toward the wrist. Later locks tend to be more straight. Fitted with a fly detent, this lock works equally well with set or plain triggers. The big mainspring flexes over its entire length.

    Our parts are sold with a flash hole liner, often called a vent, vent liner, or touch-hole liner in 1/4-28 thread. We also offer the Jim Chambers White Lightnin' vent as a option. The special 1/4-32 fine threads allow an extra large concave cavity inside, for use on 13/16" to 1" octagon barrels. Made in the USA, stainless steel, with removable lug for easy installation. Order our #TAP-1/4-32 tap and tap drill, to install 1/4-32 vents.

    Concave inside, the White Lightnin' vent liner brings the main powder charge very close to the incandescent heat of the priming flash. Position the vent on the center of the pan, slightly above the pan to frizzen joint, sometimes called the "sunset" position. Covered by the frizzen when closed, the hole is a window centered on the heat of your priming flash, for instant ignition, without the whoosh-bang delay, seen in many flint guns.

    Typically only the better quality London made guns were factory fitted with vent liners, but nearly all flint guns were later fitted with vent liners, after the vent hole in the barrel became worn from flash erosion, corrosion, or the aggressive use of a vent pick.

    Although not required, a sliding wood patchboxes are often fitted on Christian's Springs longrifles, such as this nice example by contemporary builder Kendall Brady. We offer springs for use with a sliding wood patchbox.

    #PB-RK-WOOD: Forged steel, our 3-1/2" long lever was used on early Colonial era longrifles, with sliding wooden patchboxes. It fits in a slot, under the patchbox lid. The tip is inserted in a retaining slot. The knob, at rear, is notched to engaged the buttplate. It must be lifted to unlatch the sliding lid. Spring steel, this is a well made patchbox release latch spring kit, that will serve you well.

    #PB-RK-WOOD-D: This 3-11/16" long lever is modeled after originals used on early Colonial era longrifles, with sliding wooden patchboxes. This simple, clever, reliable latch mechanism is the choice of today's best longrifle builders, used on fine longrifles. The large knob, at rear, is notched to engaged the buttplate. It must be lifted to unlatch the sliding lid. The end is drilled for mounting with a screw.

    The Colerain barrel includes a fitted flared tang breech plug. Our gunsmith can install the under-lugs, (3 LABOR-US), front and rear sight (2 LABOR-DS) at small extra cost, with prompt delivery.

    #LABOR-DS: When you buy the sights from us, we will remove any burrs, gates and parting lines, and hand fit the sight to the dovetail slot, ready for you to finish and use. Many of our rear sights are cast with an oversize base, to allow these to fill oversize slots. It is wise to allow us to trim these to a standard size before installation in a new barrel.

    Front sight slots are centered 1.5" from muzzle, unless your clearly specify another location. Do not embed special instructions within lengthy text of a letter. Place special instructions immediately after your written order for that item, or in the comment field of our on-line order form.

    Rear sight slots are centered 8.5" from the breech end of the barrel (not including plug), unless your clearly specify another location. Do not embed special instructions within lengthy text of a letter. Place special instructions immediately after your written order for that item, or in the comment field of our on-line order form.

    #LABOR-UL: When you buy the lugs from us, we will remove any burrs, and hand fit the sight to the dovetail slot, ready for you to finish and use. Allow our gunsmith to determine the best location for lug.

    #BOOK-RAL: We strongly recommend Recreating the American Longrifle, by William Buchele. The late William Buchele was recognized as a true master longrifle maker. But his greatest contribution to muzzle loading must be this book. He shares the step-by-step details of his craft. His work has been enhanced by the editors. This book does not assume that the reader is an expert stock maker, but begins with illustrated explanations of the basic concepts. Buchele shows several alternate approaches to most tasks. This newly revised fifth edition includes full scale plans for a carved flint longrifle, and fullstock flint pistol. Over 250 photos and drawings, within 176 pages, 8-1/2 x 11" format, soft cover.

    #DVD-BML: Building Muzzle-Loaders VHS video with rifle maker James Turpin. Rifle maker James Turpin takes you start to finish on building a quality Muzzle-Loading flint rifle. Designed for the beginning to intermediate builder. DVD format, 142 Minutes.

    #DVD-BE: The Gunsmith's Apprentice Series Presents Beginning Engraving, taught by gunmaker Jack Brooks. With this video you can learn to engrave in the manner and style of the original masters. In this presentation the nationally known traditional longrifle builder Jack Brooks teaches the viewer the essentials of chasing, pushing & wriggle engraving. Beginning with the basic tools, Jack shows the sharpening and heat treating of both square and chisel point engraving tools, and demonstrates the techniques used by period American gunsmiths to decorate their firearms. In addition, the engraving of several original 18th and 19th century longrifles is examined in detail. Over 70 minutes long. DVD format.

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