Contemporary Hawken Percussion Rifle .54 Caliber 34.5”, ATF Antique

SOLD FOR: $2626

LSB#: 230705DS004

Make: Contemporary

Model: Hawken Rifle

Serial Number: NSNV

Year of Manufacture: ATF Antique

Caliber: .54”

Action Type: Single Shot, Muzzleloading Percussion Rifle

Barrel Length: 34.5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a silver colored blade that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched buckhorn.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one piece maple with channel for the included ramrod, three ramrod pipes, cheek rest and metal butt plate. The stock furniture and butt plate has color casing. The butt plate shows light surface oxidation. The wood shows scratches, scrapes and wood compressions from handling and storage. The LOP measures 14” and 13” from the faces of the triggers to the back of the butt plate. The stocks rate in about Very Good Plus overall condition.

Type of Finish: Browned

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is well defined. There is light erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 8 out of 10.
Most antique firearms have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the use of black powder. When fired, black powder reacts corrosively. NRA Antique Firearm Conditions Standards are quite lenient for bores. In some cases, the NRA standards disregard the bore’s condition for collectors firearms.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The metal shows scratches, scrapes and light discoloration in the browning of the barrel. The lock and hammer shows good case color. The screw heads are lightly tool marked. The markings are present. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.

Mechanics: The rear set trigger does not engage but the front trigger works fine. The action does function correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This rifle is a Contemporary Hawken rifle that is in .54 caliber with a percussion ignition. The barrel is marked with “Emo’ Hoene’ Heopo’” on the top flat with “Hunter” on the left. The barrel is a W.M. Large J.J.J.J. L. and was a superb choice by the maker of the rifle. The wood is well balanced, the action is strong and the triggers are crisp. If you are interested in hunting, this would be a good choice for larger or medium sized game or target shooting. Please see our photos and good luck!


Contemporary Hawken Percussion Rifle .54 Caliber 34.5”, ATF Antique
Contemporary Hawken Percussion Rifle .54 Caliber 34.5”, ATF Antique