SOLD FOR: $1500
Make: John V. Speak
Model: Kentucky Rifle
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1960s-1970s
Caliber/Gauge: .44 Black Powder
Action Type: Flintlock Cap & Ball Muzzle-Loading Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “John V Speak”.
Barrel Length: 42”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed by the muzzle. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed towards the rear end of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is one-piece wood featuring a forend that has a brass cap, brass side plate and ramrod ferrules while the buttstock includes a cheekpeice, straight wrist with brass semi-pistol grip guard, and brass buttplate. There is a patchbox with a sliding door on the right of the stock. The stock has some minor scratches, nicks and handling marks. Notably there is a small nick above the side plate on the left side of the forend and a scratch on the right side of the forend cap. The LOP is 15” from the trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has some discoloration and handling wear. There are no cracks or chips. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Browned
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is grey, the rifling is sharp. There is fouling and light-moderate erosion scattered through the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. There are some minor scratches, nicks and handling marks. Notably, the frizzen has lost some finish, the muzzle has lost some finish and the top of the barrel has some scattered handling wear. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have toolmarks but remain serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this Rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: There is a leather frizzen cover included with the rifle. Also included is a wooden ramrod with a brass tip, the tip is discolored but the ramrod remains in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This John V. Speak Kentucky Rifle is a .44 caliber muzzle-loaded flintlock rifle. Dating the rifle is difficult but it appears to be a contemporary muzzleloader, likely made in the 1960s or 1970s. The rifle is in Very Good condition and should prove its worth when hunting and at the range. For fans of flintlock rifles this is a rifle you do not want to miss out on!