#788 And let there be- a GENTLEMAN’S RIFLE with English brass furniture, a Colerain 38″ octagon to round barrel in 58 caliber, an elegant English Queene Anne flintlock, a single trigger and a silver escutcheon at the wrist.
The rifle has been restocked in America with aqua fortis stained AAAA maple.
Too bad the great tiger striping in the maple does not show as well as it should.
The figure is quite muted by the Aqua Fortis dark finish. This grand British style of the 1820-60’s was muted, never flamboyant, yet functionally elegant and extremely stout.
Note the drip bar just in front of the solid patent breech and above the forefront of the lock- an attractive feature that neatly solves the problem of the weak wood above the lock.
The trigger guard, below, screws into the DST plate, which in turn is bolted to the tang- a very strong set-up.
Finally decided on this model, with traditional Manton breech-plug, Henry sidelock, single trigger and Henry forearm. was absolutely uninterested in a production gun, but did offer it breifly as a custom arm. Above seen in the white, ready to shoot but without final finish. The lock is amazingly quick, the trigger pull soft and easy.
The butt plate return is hand engraved with a stand of arms, a common motif on British hunting guns, matching the trigger guard and side-plate cast-in engraving at least on style and venue.
#810- PROTOTYPE WHITE SPORTING RIFLE, 504 CALIBER- I designed and built quite a number of prototype sporting rifles.
All sported the same barrel, same as the M98 Elite Hunter, but with many variations. DOC #809 The birth of a Dutch inspired 12 bore wheelock musket.
The barrel is browned, the rest of the furniture is antique hot rust blued. The almost flat iron buttplate is nearly 2inches wide to reduce felt recoil, the wide butt meaning a cheekpeice is not needed to fit the shooter’s face.
The trigger guard is screwed into the double set trigger plate, then tied down with two screws at the rear, the trigger plate is in turn bolted through to the tang, which holds the very strong Manton style hooked breech.