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moosejaw 12-06-2013 07:57 PM

Help Identifying this Pre-Civil War Rifle
Can anyone help me identify this rifle?

Thank you!

MisterMcCool 12-07-2013 12:04 AM

Were percussion caps even around in 1823?

Rick1967 12-07-2013 12:16 AM

Wikipedia claims they were invented in 1820. There is a lot of open space near where the nipple is. Maybe a converted flintlock?

Hawg 12-07-2013 01:21 AM


Originally Posted by MisterMcCool (Post 1451184)
Were percussion caps even around in 1823?

Not in this country. It was never a flinter even tho there were back action flint locks. My WAG is it was made between 1840 and 1860.

gr8oldguy 12-07-2013 02:16 AM

Looks like an old fowling gun

nitestalker 12-07-2013 02:55 AM

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The "Back Action" flinters date to 1815 made in America flint locks. Davy Crockett owned one he died in 1836. The posted rifle appears to be a Southern rifle with the long "Lollipop" tang. I would say it was originally an American flinter. The "Back Action" flint lock were know for their superior accuracy due to increased lock speed. They were popular on Squirrel and match rifles.
Many amateur gun enthusiast believe only front action locks were used during the Flint lock period. :)

This rifle was made in Jefferson Co. Ky. possible 1820?

303tom 12-07-2013 03:53 AM

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That Lock looks to me like an old Brunswick Rifle, but the nipple is wrong..........

nitestalker 12-07-2013 03:59 AM

The percussion cap was listed on Trade company inventory sheets in 1820. :)

TimL2952 12-07-2013 08:01 AM

I didn't read the other posts, but I saw the picture.

It could definitely be pre-Civil War and the owner then converted the firearm to a percussion cap system instead of a flintlock.

The problem with these rifles is that most of them were made by local smiths and aren't really easy to "identify."

Are there any marks on the gun that you can read?

moosejaw 12-07-2013 12:43 PM

There are no other marks on the rifle, other than the decorative peacocks eteched into the brass. And on the end of the barrell there are small stars around the hole.

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