SOLD FOR: $1225
Make: W.M. Large
Model: Kentucky/Pennsylvania Long Rifle
Serial Number: None.
Year of Manufacture: 1970s-1980s, ATF Antique
Caliber: Approximately .40 Caliber Ball
Action Type: Single Shot, Muzzle Loaded Flintlock Rifle
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “W.M. LARGE”
Barrel Length: 38″ Octagonal, approximately 0.35″ across the flats.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece hardwood full stock with brass ferrules, guard and buttplate, straight comb, and cheekpiece. There is a patch box on the buttstock. There are inlaid metal crescents on the sides of the forend and inlaid decorative brass fittings on the sides of the buttstock and on the top and bottom of the wrist. There are some scattered light compressions, scuffs, and a few dings. There are a few marks through the finish. The most noticeable marks are on the forend but also on the top and bottom of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear and minor discoloration similar to the other metal fixtures. Overall, the stock is in about Fine 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 90% of its metal finish. There is some mottled thinning on the components. There is some thick patina on the lockplate. There are some scattered small scabs. The pin that secures the rear of the trigger guard is loose and easily falls out, it is included in the patchbox. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 and spare flints included. It sits out past the muzzle when fully seated in the stock and has a tag on it, not original to the rifle.
Our Assessment: This Long Rifle is a beauty! It is an excellent example of a modern take on an American classic and was made by one of the best, Bill Large. Bill Large is regarded as having made some of the best muzzle loading barrels in the industry by those in the know. It is said that when he would take orders, if customers wanted .45 cal he would try to talk them into a .40 like this because he thought they were the best. The bore is great and the mechanics are strong. Whether you’re looking for a flintlock for the next muzzle-loading season or are just a fan of gorgeous guns, this would make a wonderful addition to any collection in America. Please see our photos and good luck!