SOLD FOR: $2,875
Make: J. Kirklin
Model: Long Rifle
Serial Number: None.
Year of Manufacture: 1999, ATF Antique
Caliber: Approximately .54 Caliber Ball
Action Type: Single Shot, Muzzle Loaded Flintlock Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “J. Kirklin 1999”. There is decorative engraving on the toe-plate, patchbox lid, and carving on the stock.
Barrel Length: 45″, Octagonal. The barrel is swamped, approximately 1.05″ across the flats at the flash hole, 0.82″ at the muzzle, minimum of 0.75″ about 12″ from the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a german silver blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a flat-topped “U”-notch dovetailed to the rear of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece smooth full stock with nosecap, brass ferrules, guard, and buttplate, cheekpiece, decorative carving and sprung-door patchbox on the right. The stock has only a few scattered minor nicks, scuffs and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear and the brass fixtures all show minor discoloration. Overall, the stock is in about Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Browned
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the 7-groove rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is strike-wear on the frizzen and minor oxidation in the pan. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. The hammer has a half-cock safety notch. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is a wooden ramrod stored under the barrel.
Our Assessment: This is a custom flintlock rifle made by Jerry Kirklin, a fantastic contemporary flinlock rifle maker. The beautiful lines of this rifle, its swamped barrel, patchbox, and sweeping buttstock make a great example of the quality of his work. Weighing in right at 8 pounds, the rifle still feels light and handy and with a sight radius of more than 32″ it should prove to be quite accurate. This is a wonderufl example of a contemporary flintlock and would take a prized place in any household in America. Please see our photos and good luck!