SOLD FOR: $1815.65
Model: Squirrel Rifle
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1985-1996, ATF Antique
Caliber: .36 Caliber
Action Type: Flintlock Double-Set Trigger Muzzle-Loaded Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “HATFIELD” and “36 CAL.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “FOR BLACK POWDER ONLY”. The lock plate is marked “HATFIELD / WARRANTED”.
Barrel Length: 39”, Octagonal
Sights/ Optics: The rear sight is a buckhorn style “U”-notch dovetailed to the rear end of the barrel. The front sight is a brass blade dovetailed to the muzzle end of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is one-piece smooth wood featuring two ferrules, a slot in the forend for the ramrod, a lock plate, straight wrist with brass finger grooves integral to the bottom tang, straight Monte Carlo style comb and brass semi-crescent buttplate. The stock has some light handling marks, a nick on the left side of the butt and some wear on the front right side of the forend. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 14” from the front trigger and 13” from the back trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has some minor handling wear. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Browned and Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some light handling marks on the metal surfaces of the rifle. Notably, the leading edges have some finish loss and the muzzle has some handling wear. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this flintlock rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This Hatfield Squirrel Rifle is a .36 caliber flintlock muzzle-loader. The rifle was made by Ted Hatfield’s company which began making black powder rifles in the 1980s and manufactured the Squirrel Rifle until approximately 1996. The rifle has a beautifully crafted stock and still retains its rich metal finish. The rifle is mechanically sound and should prove a worthy addition to a black powder enthusiast’s arsenal. Good luck on your bid!