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Early Lancaster
Early Lancaster Rifle
The Kentucky rifle was probably first produced in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, during the Revolutionary War period - or even earlier. The early Lancaster Rifle is a tribute to the craftsmanship and individual artistry of the period's gunsmiths, and surviving examples show a great concern with flowing lines and the fitting of wood to metal.

Most of these early rifles featured a heavier stock than used for the later period. The rifle's forestock was usually plain, with a high straight comb and a wrist extending far down toward the buttplate.

The most common carvings along the stock were "C" scrolls, a design common to the 18th Century that can also be seen in period furniture. A daisy-type patchbox, with its lid fastened by three screws, makes most of these rifles easy to identify, but we have seen a few Lancasters with other floral patchbox designs. These may have reflected the individuality of the gunsmith and his client.

Since Lancaster was one of the biggest and most important rifle-making centers in early America, and since it is known that gunsmiths took their own and each other's sons on as apprentices, we can imagine the high degree of competitive craftsmanship that would have been reflected by the firearms of this period and region.

Early Lancaster Rifle
 
Specifications:  
   Lock, Trigger & Tang Inletting Available
   Overall length 59"
   Pull length 15 1/2"
   Drop at heel 3 1/2"
   Barrel channel length 42"
   Barrel channel size  15/16" or 1"
   Ramrod hole size 3/8" or 7/16"
   Lock mortice area 6 1/2" x 1 3/4"
   Width at lock 1 3/4"
   Butt 5 1/4" x 1 11/16"

Early Lancaster Rifle

 
 
Green Mountain Barrel 15/16" & 1"  x 42" $160.00
Appropriate Lock Lg Siler Flint $145.00
*Optional Lock *Lg Siler Perc. *($100.00)
Appropriate double-set Trigger Davis #4 $48.00
Appropriate Breech Plug Fantail $11.00
Recommended Buttplate Brass $16.00
Recommended Triggerguard Brass $16.00
Recommended Thimbles Brass (3) $22.00
Recommended Nose Cap Brass $9.00
Lock Screws (2) $3.50
Tang Screws (1) $1.75
Rear Sight   $8.00
Front Sight   $6.00
Barrel Lugs (3) $6.00
Barrel Keys (or Pins) (3) Pins no charge
Escutcheons Brass (6) $6.00
Toe Plate Brass $5.00
Sideplate Brass $8.00
Touch Hole Liner   $2.50
Drum & Nipple   *($6.00)
Ramrod Jag & Tip Brass $3.50
Ramrod   $3.00
*Optional Patchbox   *($37.50)
Misc. Screws   $1.50
Stock Inletting & Drilling   $47.50
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  Parts Total: (not including *optional items) $527.25 (Flint)
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 **Available with swamped barrel $185.00 Additional $45.00 inletting for swamped barrel. (Deduct the price of the original barrel.)    
Early Lancaster Rifle Parts
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Rockford, IL  61132   US
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