SOLD FOR: $1525
Model: Kentucky Long Rifle
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1970-2000, ATF Antique
Caliber: .45 Caliber
Action Type: Double-Set Trigger Muzzle-Loaded Flintlock Rifle
Markings: The lock plate is marked with a stylized “RG” monogram, this may be the initials of the gunsmith who forged the rifle or a prior owner.
Barrel Length: 40”, Octagonal
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a brass blade dovetailed to the muzzle end of the barrel. The rear sight is a decoratively designed wrought-iron square-notch dovetailed to the rear end of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is one-piece wood featuring a brass forend cap, two brass ferrules, a slot for the included ramrod, a lock plate, straight wrist with brass finger grooves integral to the bottom tang, a straight comb, a patchbox on the right side of the butt and brass semi-crescent buttplate. There are four brass studs in the top of the wrist. The stock has some light handling marks, scuffs and nicks. Notably, there is a small ding on the left side of the bottom tang. The LOP is 14” from the front trigger and 13” from the set trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has some patches of discoloration and handling wear. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Brown and Brass
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 90% of its metal finish. There are some handling marks on the metal surfaces of the rifle. Notably, the leading edges have some finish loss and the brass parts have some small scattered patches of discoloration. The marking is clear. The screwheads are serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good 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: None
Our Assessment: This Kentucky Rifle is a .45 caliber flintlock muzzleloader. The rifle pays homage to the classic rifled “Kentucky” rifle which were made as both flintlock and percussion rifles during the 18th and 19th centuries. The rifles faded into obscurity towards the end of the 19th century but only for a time. In the late 1960s there was resurgence of interest in blackpowder weaponry and a number of companies and independent gunsmiths began to forge replicas. Interest in such guns has remained high ever since. This rifle was crafted by a skilled gunsmith likely sometime between 1970 and 2000, but it could be more recent. The rifle should prove a fun addition to any black powder enthusiasts collection. Good luck on your bid!