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This page comprises a listing of the traditional rifles and smoothbores that Doc makes for his own entertainment. He does it while waiting for the phone to ring when he's on call. Some are pretty plain, some are fancy, most will have been fired at least enough to proof them, make sure the gun functions properly and the sights are reasonably close. Many times this is done at a match. Doc rarely takes the same gun to a match, prefers a new one every time, it makes the ordeal more challenging. Some of the guns are new, some will have been used quite a lot, some are trade-ins, inevitably some will be beaters, but all will be identified and thoroughly described. All are guaranteed to please or money back. (We don't pay S&H either direction, even if you return it)
High Quality German Jaeger Style Flintlock rifle by DOC, 54 caliber, carved walnut stock. The gentleman who purchased it wrote:
"I have just purchased a Jaeger rifle that you built from Track of the Wolf. ..My reason for writing is to convey my delight and satisfaction upon receiving this beautiful rifle. I have been doing re-enactments for twenty-two years and have wanted a Jaeger rifle for about twenty. I received it on 2-5-05 and told my wife that it was worth the wait. Her lines are smooth and elegant and the carving and engraving is elegant. So thank you for making my twenty year dream come true." LeRoy Hicks Jr.
87- White GBW made half stock flintlock rifle prototype never brought to production, black finish on built up laminate stock, Egg lock, Getz 54 cal barrel, 1-66 twist for round ball, DST, Pad, Steel furniture, Hook Breech, Browning style adjustable rear sight, won two of the 5 matches offered at the '02 Bridger Rendezvous, a 4th place at the '06 shindig AND A FIRST AND AN 8TH IN 2007. Recently refurbished, quite accurate--------------$1000 OBO Now $700
#87- Late English Flintlock English Sporting Rifles sometimes sported leather covered recoil pads. The Pachmeyer on this rifle is meant to mimic that style.
260- Original French dueler, 50 caliber, second of a set of two, (don't know where the first one is) quite accurate with 20 grains ffg and .490 ball, single set trigger fires set or unset, , beautiful swirl Damascus twist barrel in excellent shape. I have won matches with this one---------------- $1500
#370- J S Pauley percussion long-rifle by DOC, 54 caliber Getz barrel for round ball, round bottomed rifling, 1-60 twist, nicely figured walnut full stock, Lightly engraved English brass trigger guard, butt plate and thimbles, single trigger, false side hammer with coil spring action firing #11 cap. Doc-designed action and trigger parts meant to mimic what Pauley might have done. Very accurate, nice off-hand rifle with good balance. Doc has been having fun with it taking it to Rendezvous and hurrahing the traditionalists, few of whom know anything at all about Pauley. It's a blast. They don't know whether to protest or not. A unique traditional rifle- used only by Doc SACRIFICE PRICE $1000 OBO NOW $800 OBO
J S Pauley was a Swiss who worked in London on Gunmaker's Row. His work is innovative andelegant. He patented the in-line action in 1812, only 4 years after Forsyth invented the percussion system, then disappeared in the 1830's. Like many of us innovators, he was far-seeing, perceptive and a master with his tools, but was a disaster with a Dollar( or a Pound).
#417- Here is a real flight of fancy. I always wondered why some old time inventor didn't design a breech loading flintlock that would un-breech with just a quarter turn of the trigger guard, allowing the shooter to roll in an oversize ball followed by a charge of powder, then close the breech with a quarter turn back. So I decided to try it myself. The rifle is a transitional style with swamped Colerain barrel in 54 caliber, meant to use 570 ball or bullet, AA maple fullstock, all iron mountings for strength, semi-military appearance, DST, Baroque/Rococco incised carving. You can always muzzleload it with a 530 ball & patch in the usual fashion if the breech gets locked up. The trigger guard is hooked up and the mechanism is tested and works. (Works best in the rain and wet) It's really fun to HooRah the guys at Rendezvous with this unique rifle. Price is a measly $2500
The pictures below show the action closed (left) and open (right). Just a quarter turn to get an ball then powder into the chamber, then a quarter to close. Prime, and you are ready to fire
#420- Doc built Jaeger flintlock rifle, swamped barrel relined by Hoyt to 54 caliber, beautiful cherry stock with early high quality Chamber's banana flintlock, early Germanic DST in widely open Germanic trigger guard, Brass furniture, wooden patch box cover with latch, comes up in offhand very nicely, the large open trigger guard much more utilitarian then it looks, makes an outstanding off hand rifle. Extensively incise carved with traditional transitional Germanic Baroque/Georgian Roccoco patterns. Lightly engraved and signed. It's an accurate son of a gun and I like it but I guess I can always build another. Price is $2500. Buy it now before I send it to Track of the wolf and the price goes up.
#424- German silver furniture sets off this light American style flintlock fowler, barrel is by Colerain in 20 gauge, tapered octagon to round and 42 inches long, English round faced super quality flintlock, (drips sparks). Late English/American style German silver furniture, AA maple stock with deep English red finish to set off the silver metal. German silver turtle on wrist. It is at Track of the Wolf. Go to their website at trackofthewolf.com to see it. Deal with them if you want to buy it. SOLD
#424 English-American 20 gauge Flintlock fowler
460- Doc-built Pauley style half stock sporting rifle in 504 caliber, utilizing a Doc-designed White M97 action and fast-twist barrel. Like all Pauley's, this one has a false sidelock with false hammer, action is in-line with White nipple-breechplug, Barrel is true White 504 caliber with 1-24 twist and is in perfect condition, and is accurized. I won a stand up match with it not along ago, takes down with a single fore-arm key and an under-belly screw, has a hooked breech so comes out of the stock easily, Also has a long tang so tall Vernier rear sight fits on metal, not wood. Front sight is Lyman hooded with inserts, Hickory ramrod with brass ends tapped for accessories. Laminate stock, finished a deep reddish brown to mimic the old time English style and color. Inch thick recoil pad. Many English rifles of the period had leather covered recoil pads, this is as close as I could get. The safety, which locks the hammer, is on the lock plate. It's sparsley engraved and finished with Black Ice Teflon so will be great in wet weather. It's the perfect rifle for the traditionalist minded who also wants the best of modern technology. $1000 now $800 OBO
Note the case hardened safety behind the false hammer. It holds the hammer at a high half-cock, to take it off you must cock the hammer first. The single trigger pulls off at about three lbs. The fore-end tip is dark wood resembing the ebony that the original maker might have used. Pull is 14 inches over an inch thick recoil pad. The rifle is exceptionally accurate with light loads and ball or heavy loads and 460-600 grain bullet.
#504- Doc- built 54 caliber antiqued reproduction Leman half-stock plains rifle, cobbled up out of a handful of original parts and some purposefully rusted new ones. Original percussion lock with nipple and drum, single trigger, rust- finished early 8 groove GRRW barrel 30 inches long and one inch across the flats, purposefully rusted and distressed, but the bore is like new. Silver front sight on a brass base. Pewter fore-end tip. Stock looks like the real thing with artificial striping. The maple stock has a 14 1/4 inch pull, has also been distressed, there are lots of scratches, rock marks, tomahawk, hammer and vise marks and maybe a claw and tooth mark or two. Looks like it's had lots of use already. It has already fooled a few people. I was challenged by one shooter who wanted to know what I was doing shooting a dangerous old antique. Another was horrified that I would desecrate a fabulous old rifle. It's been lots of fun and shoots quite well, better than I can hold it. It's gone to Track of the Wolf. Click on their site at 'trackofthewolf.com' click again on 'percussion rifles' then scroll down the page to find it.
The lock, buttplate, buttplate return, trigger plate and trigger guard are all original parts. I found the lock in Indiana and the other brass parts in Ohio. I found the barrel at the Bridger Rendezvous years ago, it was rusty on the outside and perfect inside. The breechplug, drum, sights and rib are now just as rusty as the barrel originally was. (done on purpose) You can even see wear lots of shooting has worn away the metal around the drum and nipple.
The brass parts all have that beautiful patina of age that is so impossible to reproduce. The trigger is single and rusty too.
The goal is to match the stock to the patina on the brass and the rust on the iron parts. The barrel is stamped Leman Lancaster on the top flat. My cipher is under the barrel near the breech. The striping is artificial , like Leman often did with plain grade maple in the old days, the stain is multicoated and gobbed on and the varnish is an antique style oil base slow drying stuff. I've let it puddle and crystalize here and there so it looks like later users added more coats. There are lots of dings and use marks, including signs of old repairs.
#516- FORBES STYLE SNAPHAUNCE 1620's 20 GA. FOWLER WITH 50 INCH BARREL. A smoothbore much like this came over on the Mayflower. The barrel is octagon to round, built by Rayl so it's a quality piece. This is an excellent chunk of walnut with good strong close grain but plain as a yard of pumpwater, brass ferrules with hand forged iron trigger guard and spring loaded trigger hinged at the top as it has to be to actuate the heavy-springed snaphaunce lock. The lock is ingenious, even has a safety built in, the pan cover and frizzen are separate. The sparks it throws are huge. aaaaaaa despite the clumsy look, it handles really quite well and points like a dream. It's perfect for that 1675 persona you been developing, just the ticket to hold off the Delaware during the early indian wars . Did you know that a concerted attack on the white population on the Atlantic seaboard in the early years of the 17th century wiped out nearly half the population. Price is $2000 plus S&H. It goes to Track if not sold in a month or two, buy it now before the price goes up.
#517- JOHN NOLL 40 CAL FLINT RIFLE, an accurate reproduction of the Noll rifle on page 242 of Kindig's big book on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age, with light swamped barrel by Colerain with round bottomed rifling, 44 inches long, Doc's signature in script on the top barrel flat, surrounded by elegant scrolling. AA maple fullstock, stained reddish brown and finished with oil, with Noll's elegant rococco scrolling and cross hatched stock carving. Siler flintlock accuated by an antique original single lever Double Set Trigger, (you don't have to cock the trigger to cock the hammer), German silver patch box with grouse and silver furniture with Noll's classic elegant engraving (it's quite a challenge). Noll was one of the great masters and its a privilege to reproduce his work. Every part of this rifle is period and maker correct, except perhaps the SunSetted touch-hole. The rifle is now at Track of the Wolf. Go to trackofthewolf.com, click on 'guns', then 'flintlocks' then scroll down the page to find it. SOLD
I took the photos before I engraved it. The quality of the engraving matches the elegant carving. Track of the Wolf's photos are much better than mine, you can see the engraving quite well there.
#519- ENGLISH INFLUENCED FLINT HALF-STOCK 54 CAL SOUTHERN SPORTING RIFLE. A gorgeous piece of walnut frames up this half stock Southern flintlock sporting rifle. It has a tapered 54 caliber barrel by Ernie Stallman of Badger Barrels, fired via a stainless touch-hole insert in the Right Place in a flint patent breech. The fire is provided by a magnificent copy of the Egg lock, a high quality piece by Clark of Toronto, Canada that I've admired for the last 20 years, finally put it in a rifle. The trigger is a single set, push it forward to set it then a 2 oz pull to fire it off. Furniture is all blued steel, including the English style steel fore-end cap, except German silver escutcheons for the fore-stock key and patchbox. The barrel is browned, the grip is checkered in the early English fashion though the fore-arm is plain. It sports an eagle headed German silver patch-box of Southern provanance. The patch-box is profusely engraved, of course with an eagle and Rococco scrolling. The patch box is seen on original rifles from North Carolina. The screws are all fire blued. My name is in script on the top barrel flat along with a bit of decorative work. So far it is unfired, athough there are some scrape marks on the frizzen. I could not help but try it out, 'bout burned a hole in the rug from sparks drippingI You can see it at Track of the Wolf. Go to trackofthewolf.com, click on flintlock rifles then scroll down the page to find it. You will love the wonderful quality photos. Deal with Track if you want to buy it. SALE PENDING
#522- REVOLUTIONARY MUSKET-RIFLE 54 CAL WITH BAYONET. A tapered octagon 48 inch 54 caliber rifled barrel by Kelly graces this rifled adaption of the common musket of the Revolution. The barrel end is turned round to take a bayonet, which is furnished with the rifle. The touch-hole is properly sunsetted so the large English trade lock fires it quickly and reliably. There is a Double Set Trigger mounted in an early Germanic brass trigger guard. The butt plate matches the provanance of the trigger guard. Both are properly engraved with a military motif as is the sideplate. (Engraving not shown below) The stock, which might be said to resemble a slimmed down Bess with rifle features, including a cheek-peice for right handed shooter, is the fanciest tiger-striped ash I have ever seen. All furniture is brass, including the fowler side-plate opposite the lock, the fusil-like pipes and the early brass patch-box. This is a sturdy military rifle capable of sniping the enemy at long range as well as standing up to charging horse if needed. You will need to be a tall, vigorous man to wield this piece. It's not for sissies. I really like it. Maybe I'll get to march on Ticonderoga or go after Burgoyne with it before it sells. It's now at Track of the Wolf, see it on their website trackofthewolf,com, click on 'guns' then 'flintlocks' and scroll through the pages until you find it. The photos are wonderful.
The engraving is DONE, (though not shown), including a stand of arms on the buttt-plate return, roccoco scrolling on the trigger guard and toeplate as well as the side-plate, and "Liberty or Deth" on the patchbox. Note that the front sight is set to the rear to clear the socket bayonet. If you want to buy it, deal with the folks at Track.
#525- STEEL MOUNTED JAEGER 58 CAL. This walnut stock cost more than most completed rifles, but it sets the rifle off even without any finish. The barrel is a swamped 31 incher by Colerain with proper Germanic sights, the furniture is all steel and has been blued , using the old traditional rust blue method. The blued metal is every bit as authentic as blue, if not more so. The stock is incise carved with Rocco scrolling surrounding a fanciful Griffin behind the cheek- piece, the Griffin's head seen on the right in front of the incised carved wooden patch box, and incised carving extends along the stock to well down the fore-end. It is complete with ramrod and matching figured wooden patch box cover. It will make a terrific hunting rifle to bang around with in the woods or maybe make those demmed Colonist riflemen keep their heads down in the trenches at Yorktown. You can find it now at Track of the Wolf. Go to trackofthewolf.com, click on flintlock rifles then scroll down the page to find it. SALE PENDING
It's hard to see but the stock is plastered with incised carving, from the buttplate to within a foot of the muzzle.. There is carving around the ferrules, the trigger guard, lock mortice on both sides and around the cheek-piece and patch-box cover on both sides.
The barrel is about 60% covered with engraving, there is also the maker's signature in script, and a verse also in ancient script, "Sharp of Eye, Quick of Hand, Let Him who wields me be, To get the Game, Bring the Prise and Keep this Land of Liberty". There is Baroque-Rococco scrolled engraving at the breech on three flats, surrounding both the rear and front sights on three flats and bordering the signature and verse,
There is a Griffon behind the cheekpiece (a mythical beast half lion and half dragon) with the Lion's face on the right in front of the Patch Box cover. The Lion Face motif is repeated on the butt plate return, surrounded by transitional Baroque-Rococco engraving..
The wrist medallion is an elegant wax casting, fastened on with a bolt coming from underneath, the lock is engraved with the Maker's name and scrolling, the trigger guard is 75% engraved in the transitional Baroque-Rococco style, matching the barrel and incised scrolling on the stock.
I have left the detailed photos above in the white to show the engraving better. Keep in mind the the barrel is browned and the steel furniture is blued. Only the top photo shows the real coloration. The brown, blue and bright of the finished gun is very attractive.
#526- ENGLISH FULLSTOCK FLINT 69 CAL GENTLEMAN'S HUNTING RIFLE. One of the problems with the usual American round ball gun is the very smallness of the caliber. Here is a rifle to solve that problem. The GRRW barrel is 69 caliber with deep rifling and a 1-72 pitch for shooting a 480 grain . 690 round ball. It is 1 1/8th inches in diameter, octagon and 30 inches long. It is secured to the super-figured tiger-stripe English walnut stock with three steel keys, (the stock blank by itself cost more than most modern rifles) The rest of the furniture is steel as well, including a broad checkered buttplate. The wrist is checkered in triple skip-line fashion with a carved brass thumb piece integral. The fore-end is ebony in the English fashion. The hot sparking Chambers flintlock is English round faced with matching engraved sideplate. The touch-hole is sunsetted properly, and is actuated by a DST with double levers. You can fire it set or unset. The rear sight has two leaves and would normally be sighted at 100 and 200 yards. So far it is unfired. there is a single small ding on the fore-stock where a small piece of the damned curly walnut popped out. I don't know how it happened but it's there. Fixing it would require re-finishing the whole gun so I left it as is. That's what I get for using such curly expensive stuff. SOLD
The Double Set Trigger works in any combination you might want. Trigger without set is about 6 lbs., with set is a few oz. The English style trigger guard is generous enough for use with gloves. All the furniture is steel and all of it is browned, with stylish Rococco engraving here and there.
This rifle is meant for some serious hunting. Not only is the wood absolutely gorgeous, the gun itself is absolutely deadly, probably on both ends. But the butt is broad and it weighs close to 10 lbs plus the stock conformation is just excellent, which should reduce felt recoil a bunch. I have another somewhat like it and have used as much as 250 grains FFg Black Powder and a .690 ball and patch for moose, buffalo and big bear. You don't even notice the recoil when 'ol Ephraim is popping his teeth at you.
The rifle is now located at Track of the Wolf. Go to their website at trackofthewolf.com, click on 'guns' then 'flintlock rifles' then scroll thru the pages to find it. Dave Ripplinger's photos are just grand, much better than you see here. Deal with them if you want to buy it.
#530- Original serial #915 Green River RifleWorks Leman Trade Rifle in 45 caliber, GRRW seven groove 33 inch barrel one diameter across the flats, plain maple half-stock stained dark, brass Leman style butt plate and trigger guard, single trigger actuating the Kern coil spring lock, pewter fore-end tip. NEVER FIRED. This an early one, the lock is a Kern rather than the later flat spring Silers, the trigger guard and buttplate are cruder sand castings, not the later more sophisticated black sand castings, The tang tip is squared, not rounded as were the later ones. The pewter tip is not gracefully shaped as were the later ones, The barrel is not signed by the gunsmith as they were later on, but the GRRW stamp on the barrel is plainly legible. This is a prime example of an early GRRW Leman Trade Rifle in unfired condition. The gentleman who sold it to me claimed that it came out of an office safe where it had lain since it was built in the early 1970's, but it has seen some handling. There are a few very minor handling marks and there is a repaired crack in the wood to the left of the tang. Nobody claims to know how that happened. This is a not much used, never fired Leman rifle for the GRRW collector. Cheap at $700 OBOnow $600
Can you believe that GRRW sold this rifle for $175 in the fall of 1974. Later ones demonstrated finer finish and more custom touches. A total of fewer than 3000 of the Leman Trade Rifle were manufactured before GRRW closed in 1980, which makes this rifle rare indeed..
#539 Jaeger flintlock 69 caliber 'masterwork' by DOC. In the Germanic tradition, every journeyman had to produce a masterwork in order to graduate into the top ranks of gunmakers. I started work on this rifle in 1972, and it has turned to be more of a 'try gun' than a 'masterwork'. I have used it to try many new (to me) techniques, including wire inlay, ivory carving and inlay, poetry (verse on the top flat of the barrel), flintlocks from scratch, sliding wooden patchboxes, chiseled and scenic engraving, complex bas-relief carving, etc., and I'm probably not done yet.
The flintlock is one I made. It's the size of an English trade lock but with German features. After building that one, I decided I would buy them from a specialist. I also made the DST then forgot to install it for the photo shoot.
The large silver inlay on the cheek-piece is heavily engraved, showing a cupid in the tree to the left, a naked woman lying under the tree and an amorous cross-bow wielding gentleman kneeling over her. Both the brass trigger guard and butt-plate are heavily engraved. The inlay in the butt-stock is carved ivory, as are the inlays at the wrist. All that carving is in bas-releif.
The side peices opposite the flintlock are ivory, the real stuff from an elephant, carved to match the bas releif carving in the wood.
The inlays shown here are ivory too, carved to match the wood. The rifle weighs in at 11 lbs. , but holds pretty well.
#543- 1842 MUSKET. This is a restoration of the rifled version of the US Springfield 69 caliber 1842 musket. It started with an original buttplate, trigger guard assembly, sideplate, Springfield marked lock dated 1847and lock/tang screws. Dunlap supplied the walnut stock blank, Whitacre did the 42 inch rifled barrel, the barrel bands came from The Rifle Shoppe, the front swivel repro came from Lodgewood and the very very well done long range Springfield rear sight also came from Lodgewood. The walnut is exceptional quality for a musket, the lock works perfectly, trigger pull is smooth and excellent, the front sight has been replaced for skirmishing and the rear sight has been reversed for the same reason. (Many rifles muskets came that way, the contract versions by Whitney are often found with the notch to the rear. Competition shooters ae quick to point out that it works better that way) The rifle is now at Track of the Wolf, you can see it at 'trackofthewolf.com', click on 'percussion', then 'military', then scroll down the page to find it.
Everything about the gun is authentic (except the front and rear sight). As you can see the wood is finished with oil in the original way. All the metal is Armory bright except for the lock. The original parts were a bit rusty and mildly pitted, the rear swivel being the worst. It also cleaned up the least. Most of the pits and all the rust on the buttplate and triggerguard assembly are gone: carefully ground, bead blasted then polished bright. You can see that the lock is dark, I left the lock as is simply because I didn't want to remove any of the original markings so it is an antiquey mottled blue with scattered pitts but no rust, with some of the original fireblue left inside. The original markings on the buttplate, sideplate and trigger guard assembly managed to preserve quite well and the new barrel is marked as per original. All the gun lacks are inspector's marks in the wood.
The gun shoots quite well. I managed a 2 inch group at 50 yards double elbowed across the hood of my Suburban using 60 grains ffG Elephante black powder and a patched .678 round ball. I left the front sight a little high so it shoots a little low so that the final shirmisher can sight it in for his own eyes and pull. The rear sight has also been placed backwards for the same reason. As I note from Lodgewoods catalog, restored, authentic rifled-muskets like this go for $2200-2500.
#546- Pauley 504 caliber in line Sporting Rifle with false left hand lock and side lock safety.
The English made many sporting rifles with the sidelock on the left side, but meant for use by a right hander. They had noted that the right hander's thumb lies in perfect position to cock a left sided hammer . This rifle, made by DOC, is made in that style. It's fully useful for both right and left hander. It is 504 caliber, with White 1-24 twist rifling, made for the same Power Punch and Power Star bullets that shoot so well in White designed rifles. The lock and hammer are false, as were all of Pauley's designs, pulling back on the hammer cocks the in-line mechanism so you can cap it ready for the shot. There is also a Side Lock Safety, designed by DOC, that locks the trigger in SAFE when straight up, and releases it for FIRE when horizontal. It is located on the right side. The folding rear sight is mounted on a quarter rib. The tang is long, and will accomodate a tall Vernier rear sight if wanted. I want $1000 for the rifle but will keep it on the SALE page until Spring for $800.
The stock is walnut with nice grain running correctly through the wrist, the pistol grip is capped by rosewood. Both are stained English Red, then varnished with Brownell's fantastic waterproof epoxy varnish. The metal is finished with bright blue Dura-Coat, a better and more durable finish than any ordinary brown or blue.
The quarter rib and folding rear sight can be seen in this view. The front sight is a fiber-optic red bead on a ramp. The ramrod rides on an under-rib and is held by two ferrules. The long tang will take a Vernier rear sight if you want,The fore-end is styled after Henry. There is a rubber recoil pad, which does not look at all out of place. The English originated leather covered rubber pads at about the time this rifle was designed in 1812.
The Side Lock Safety is seen here at the rear of the sidelock swell in a very ergonomic position. It locks the trigger, which locks the hammer, when upright on SAFE. Push it forward for FIRE. The trigger is single, with a 2 lb. letoff. It is adjustable. The cocking handle, seen here on the right, is actuated by a braided wire, which means you can cock the hammer then push it forward out of battery for the shot (that way there is no weight on the inline hammer). Also, the hammer cocking handle can be rotated into the up-lifting safety notch for a second and very secure SAFE when the rifle is cocked. J S Pauley London is engraved on the lockplate. The rifle has been accurized, shoots into three inches at 100 yards with the open sights and my old eyes and it is right on the money at that range with 80 gr fffG 777 and a 500 grain No Excuse bullet.
#557 Baker Infantry Rifle- Here is the famous Baker Infantry Rifle in carbine bore, or 62 caliber, with regulation everything, except the walnut which is exceptionally good. The only missing items are the proof and veiw stamps, which I have not been able to find yet. It should be a great addition to your War of 1812 personna. You can use it against Andy Jackson's men at the Battle of New Orleans. The British are still surprised they lost. I am still looking for proofmarks and stamps to make it as original as possible. Price finished without proofmarks $2000 More if I find the proofmark stamps. Buy it now before it goes to Track of the Wolf. It will cost a lot more there. SOLD
The so called 'Baker' was originally designated simply the 'Infantry rifle' after it was adopted. The British spent a number of years and a lot of treasure after the Revolution to come up with this design. They originally started with longer American designs, later gravitating to more Germanic designs. It is no accident that the Baker looks, feels and acts much like the Jaeger rifles that were used against the Americans by hired German mercenaries in the Revolution. The final result is a relatively light, short, sturdy, handy, well fitted rifle of adequate caliber for hunting or war. I love it. It will be hard to give up. The lock is a sparking maniac, the trigger pull is smooth, it sports a blade front and folding 2 leaf rear sight, three keys, sling swivels and an iron ramrod with proper and authentic swellings where they should be. The touch-hole is sunsetted in the Right Place, the bullet hits the target when the trigger breaks. The barrel is browned, the walnut finished with oil as per original, the brass polished military bright. Rifle Corpsmen deliberately smeared the brass with weed juice to break the glare, the result was a brownish patina that turned green over time. This is arguably the best military flintlock rifle ever, only the American Common rifles compete with it. Likewise, it makes a terrific hunter, and for the same reasons. I also like the caliber. The 62 caliber, 340 grain ball is a real slammer in the woods, my favorite on elk.
#560 Flintlock Fowler- This fowling piece has 28 inch, 20 gauge, side by side barrels in a plain varnish finished walnut stock of classic proportions, locks are flint with a small Russ Hamm on the left and a small Siler on the right. (They match well enough that the difference is hardly discernable.) The touch-holes are 0.070 and sunsetted in the Right Place. Ignition is quick and reliable.The lock panels are tapered to the rear for a smaller grip. There are double triggers, the front firing the right barrel and the rear the left. It sports a Manton style double hooked breech with removable breech plugs, original real silver trigger guard but iron butt plate, very early English in style, all iron metal browned with screws blued or bright. Very light weight, less than 7 lbs. It is a fine quality, light fowler meant for "Shooting Flying" SOLD
#561- Early Doglock English Fowler (Queen Ann era), just to prove it , the lock has an AR for Anna Regina stamped into its case hardened surface.. The lock internals have the later vertical acting sear with a doglock on the outside. I hardened the frizzen and tempered the mainspring myself and it is a real sparker. The touch-hole is stainless steel and SunSetted just in the Right Place for fastest ignition. There is a single trigger actuating the lock. The stock is a plain walnut fullstock with good color and grain and oil finish mounting a browned Colerain 12 gauge barrel 42 inches long, with the rear third tapered octagon and the front 2/3rds tapered round. The tang screw goes through from the bottom in the early fashion. It is meant for turkey (has already killed three) so there is a Colonial extra super full choke screwed into the muzzle. You can aim it with the silver turtle front sight. All furniture is brass, a sheet buttplate held on by 4 screws behind and one in the return, a very early brass trigger guard and two sheet brass pipes mounting a 7/16th inch ramrod with flared brass end. The buttstock sports floral carving like that seen on page 99 of 'Flintlock Fowlers'. The serpent side plate is a classic, the forerunner of the similar plates seen on later trade guns. This gun just came back from a turkey hunt in Texas where the first three shots out of the gun got birds. The best shot was at 45 big long steps. Now that I've proven its utility, it's ready for sale. You will find it at trackofthewolf.com, click on guns, then flintlock rifles and scroll down to find it. Their photos are wonderful.
The gun obviuosly shows some Dutch influence. Don't be put off by the size of the lock, near 7 inches long. It is a fine sparker and has never misfired so far. The gun is ready for sale now that I've had my fun with it. It's used, so all I want is $2000. Jump on it, if it doesn't sell soon I will send it to Track and the price will go up.
Left: Here's a turkey the gun killed, along with the carving on the left side of the buttstock. It's duplicated on the right side, with more flowery carving on the top and initials and date on the bottom. The carving is deep bas relief, a pretty exact copy of the original, which was built in the early 1700's in New England. Right: I have shown the carving on the right in its incised phase before the extra wood is removed to bas relief the carving. You can better see the detail that way. The barrel is browned, the lock is rust blued.
#562 Plain's rifle, 50 caliber, with a new Green River Rifleworks barrel 32 inches long, never before used. The barrel is fluted on the sides in front of the plain maple halfstock, roughly 15/16th inches wide and one inch deep, almost octagonal but fluted in front of the forestock. The L&R percussion lock with screw out drum and nipple is best quality, fired by double lever double triggers, it sports an under-rib with two steel ferrules, all the other furniture is German silver, including the ovals around the single fore-stock key. A pewter nose cap caps the forestock. The rifle mounts a traditional style rear sight and silver blade front. This is not an expensive rifle. It is meant for plinking, target and light hunting. it might do for close range big game, but is not designed for huge hunting loads. It's been proofed with 120 gr FFG black powder but shoots most accurately with 70 grains. I'll take $800 for it OBO. It turned out better than I thought it would. Balance is just excellent, both metal and wood finish is likewise excellent and it is slickly easy to load and accurate with a .490 round ball. SOLD
As you can see to the right, the muzzle is not octagon, but has wider flats top and bottom and a milled groove along the side. The groove extends back to the end of the forestock. The rib is fastened on with screws.
The gun has been tested with a 490 ball and 120 grains of FFG Black Powder. It should not be used with any load heavier than that. 80-100 grains would be a good load.
#566- A Virginia-North Carolina infuenced smoothbore "Black Rifle' with cherry stock and all iron mounts, including iron patchbox cover, will be finished dark in the old style. Barrel is a Colerain in 58 smoothbore for patched round ball, it will sport low rifle sights, lock is a Chambers English Trade lock. Like all his locks, it's a fine sparker. This 'smooth rifle' should be a real killer in the woods with either ball or shot. Showing a lot of mixed early German and English features, it could have been used by the Militia at Cowpens. Tarleton's English are still running.
I'm forever amazed at how accurate a patched round ball is in a smoothbore rifle. The concept was obviously popular in the deep woods of the East. Easy half of the original so-called Kentucky 'rifles' found in our modern picture books are smoothbore. Some students opine that these 'rifles' were smoothbored later on, when the genre was relegated to secondary use. However, after hunting with these 'rifles' in both rifled and smoothbore form for 50 plus years, I firmly believe that they were smoothbored originally, not later. Only after hunters left the deep woods and went out onto the plains where longer range accuracy became increasingly important were all muzzleloading 'rifles' rifled and 'shotguns' or 'fowlers' differentiated not only by name but by form as well. A 'smoothbore rifle' with rifle sights loaded with patched round ball is a killer in the deep woods any day at up to 100 yards. Since most shots are taken at far less than 75 yards, the 'smoothbore rifle' is a natural. It's easier and faster to load, shoots faster and harder than a rifled gun and can use a shot load too. It's a natural for a one gun guy on the far frontier.
#568- Dimmick St Louis half stock Plains Rifle with brass mounts, shows English influence, with Manton style heavy hooked patent breech, with bar- in- wood percussion sidelock, a far better setup than any Hawken. The lock is an original Golcher, restored to it's former glory. Trigger is single, housed in a brass Trigger guard with obvious English features, buttplate is American St Louis style all the way, There are the usual open plains rifle sights, two keys mounted in brass ovals with brass nose cap and ferrule. Ferrules on the under-rib are steel.
A close veiw of the original percussion lock by Golcher also shows the solid breeching of the originally Manton designed English style hooked breech. Dimmick made even more guns for the cross plains trade than did the Hawkens, but he is not as famous. His designs were greatly influenced by the guns the English dudes brought over from England. I consider them better designed and every bit as well made as the Hawken's product.
#569- Golden Age 50 cal Lancaster school flintlock rifle with fancy AAA maple fullstock, brass furniture, Premuim Siler lock by Chambers, DST, 38 inch long swamped barrel in 50 caliber with round bottom rifling by Green Mountain. As you can see, it's my project #124.
An engraved typical Lancaster flower headed patchbox is in the works, plus plentiful carving. The maple will come out Lancaster Red and the iron will be browned with a few fire blue accents here and there.
#572- Dutch-German light wheel-lock, 40 caliber, rifled for round ball, all iron mounts and furniture.
The barrel is a swamped Green Mountain, the wood a nice piece of walnut, shown in the square. The lock is from The Rifle Shoppe, and comes as a kit. Its provenance is German, meant for a pistol, but just right for a light caliber rifle. I could not resist the challenge. You can see that it is my project #123. Watch for more photos as it finishes up. Doc's Latest Adventure is featuring it as an ongoing proiject, with lots of phots and brags as the gun progresses.
#577- Wender over-under swivel breech flintlock rifle with 3/4 inch diameter Bill Large barrels in 45 cal for round ball (I've been saving those barrels for years). Stock is AA good quality maple, furniture is brass, the flintlock is back action, the swivel lock mechanism is in the front bow of the trigger guard, pull on it to swivel the barrels.
You are right, not all the lock parts are there yet and the trigger guard isn't attached. Don't worry, they will be. Watch for further pics as the project developes.
#567- William Grice of Birmingham "Broken Scroll" rifle in 54 caliber with walnut fullstock and all iron mounts. The barrel is by Colerain, swamped, 54 caliber, 42 inches long. The walnut is excellent quality with good figure in the butt. The lock is by Davis and throws fat sparks. It is much like his Tulle lock but round faced, coming real close to matching the original lock. There will be a four piece iron patchbox with domed lid, a modest amount of raised carving like the original and a bunch of tacks in the original pattern. The conformation of the stock is excellent for off-hand shooting.
Strange as it may seem, the American longrifle was popularized in England by the Revolution. The British military even experimented with a few for its new Rifle Corps. Grice of Birmingham was one of those who copied the American Rifle. Some few were even imported into the US. This rifle would go well with your early British Rifleman's persona, prior to their adopting the Baker Infantry Rifle.
#570 Dimmick St Louis light plains rifle, original back action lock and original real silver trigger guard/butt plate/toeplate. I found these pieces as a set years ago at Fort Bridger and this is what I imagine the gun looked like to start with. Barrel is 50 caliber by 15/16th inch diameter octagon, 30 inches long by Kelly. Rifling is deep and twist is slow 1-72. The walnut is plain but has excellent grain structure through the wrist. Silver furniture to complement the original silver is in the works. The Breech is a patent breech with hook for quick take-down. Weight about 7 lbs.
The silver furniture is obviously used but in good shape. The lock is in excellent shape with snappy spring action. The patent breech is a Hawken style with long tang and double bolts.
#573- Fancy Bucks Co flintlock rifle by Andrew Vernor, 50 caliber, straight 15/16th inch octagon barrel 40 inches long, brass furniture on a n AAA maple stock, Premium Siler lock by Chambers, DST, eventually with a brass side opening patch box and Vernor's inimitable incise carving. Traditional in every sense. More pics as it finishes up.
All of the furniture is classic Vernor as will be the incise carving, etc.
#575- Bedford Co. Longrifle. with 45 caliber Rayl barrel 42 inches long mounted in AAA fancy maple stock, L&R traditional Bedford Co. flintlock and DST' Furniture is brass with silver accents. Drop on the stock is pretty steep for offhand shooting. Watch for more pics as it finishes up.
A traditional double bolted tang is planned, touch-hole will be SunSetted properly, the DST is a specific model for Bedford Co. rifles. The lock is one of the better designed and executed on the market. The internals are even more elegant than the external parts. As an aside, I once visited Calvin Hetrick in Maryland back in the 60's. He had hundreds of these lying around the house. He is long gone and so is the collection. It's very hard to find an original now and even more expensive to buy one.
#576 Lion Beck- A reproduction of the famous flintlock rifle by J P Beck of the Lebanon School with a rampant Lion behind the cheekpiece. This is the finest piece of maple I have ever worked on, intensley curley and hard as a rock. Barrel is by Rayl, 50 caliber, swamped and 50 inches long. Pull is 15 inches. The gun has already SOLD.
All the furniture is Beck, in brass. The exception will be the double headed eagle on the cheekpiece. The lock is Jim Chambers finest Premium.
#578- Melchoir Fordney over the log rifle, Green River Rifleworks barrel in 58 caliber 1 1/4 " diameter, 40 " long, Egg lock, DST. AAA maple stock with classic Fordney brass furniture and decoration. He was a master, killed with an axe by a crazy at the apogee of his career. His engraving is deep and original;, his incise carving absolutely unique! Already SOLD
You can see that the barrel is big and thick, 1 1/4 inches diameter and 40 inches long. The gun weighs about 14 lbs but holds over a log like it is staked down. It should be very accurate.
#580- English Sporting rifle with super fancy walnut halfstock, really an elegant piece of wood. You can see that the breech is a Manton with Bar-in-wood lock, pistol grip and Alexander Henry forearm. The lock is a Henry design too. The barrel is tapered octagon 30 inches long in 451 caliber with 1-20 twist meant for lubricated White (or Whitworth) type elongated bullets. These guns are terrific hunting rifles and are capable of 1000 yard target shooting. All furniture will be iron, the buttplate will be checkered wood, an an English whim of the 1860's. There will be an under-rib with two ferrules. The barrel will be browned, the other iron furniture blued and the stock varnished English style.Sights will be a Globe front and a ladder rear.
#581- English Pistol Gripped Sporting rifle with super fancy walnut halfstock, all the details same as the one above, except the wood is different but just as elegant. Another difference will be the trigger. I have this one scheduled for a target single set trigger.
#582- Dutch Wheelock with swamped Colerain 50 cal rifle barrel 42 inches long. It is amazing how well balanced this rifle is and how well it holds. Watch for more pics as it comes along. Manufacturing a wheel-lock from scratch is quite a project.
Coming sometime (sooner or later) in no order of appearance
Pauley double 50 cal inline with left and right outside false hammers
Double flintlock fowlers in 20, 16 and 12 gauge
2 double flintlock fowlers in 10 gauge
Over-Under percussion in 50 rifled by 20 smoothbore
Over-under percussion, 45 by 45, fast twist for White/Whitworth elongated bullets.
Jaeger 54 cal flintlock, copy of militia rifle by Pistor, as used in the Revolution
Dutch officers flintlock fusil 16 gauge with baroque chisling in brass
Baroque wheel-lock with original Austrian lock
367 caliber White GR-series Sporting Rifle, octagon tapered barrel, elegant walnut
.615 cal double percussion rifle for 900 grain SuperSlug
.730 cal percussion double rifle for 1200 grain SuperSlug
Gemmer-Springfield trapdoor in 40-65.
8 gauge Hudson Valley fowler
Brown Bess re-stocked Hudson Valley style
Several Hawken rifles in 50, 54, 58, 62 and 69 calibers
8 bore English percussion sporting rifle and 8 bore English side by side smoothbore rifle, the perfect pair for your next Africa excursion. These will be sold as a pair.
4 bore English flintlock fowler
Several Dimmick St Louis rifles
A Wender flintlock rifle in 45 smoothbore by 36 rifled.
58 cal brass barreled Colonial pistol
50 cal percussion Pauley in-line pistol
French Officer's flintlock pistol 20 bore
Remington Rolling Block in 50-110 caliber
Several Dutch fowlers
Pair of Ruger Old Army percussion pistols with custom octagon barrels, fluted cylenders
Double rifle in 45-70 caliber
Three barreled flint gun with rifled 50 cal and 36 cal plus a 20 ga smoothbore
Three barreled percussion drilling, 2 above 50 cal, tight twist for slug, 12 ga. under barrel
English 73 caliber percussion Sporting Rifle for high velocity round ball