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Hawken Halfstock
Hawken Halfstock Rifle
The patchbox is not a regular characteristic although surviving Hawken with patchboxes have been found and some of these patchboxes were engraved. The rear sights were generally a slanting buckhorn type and the front was a silver blade. The rifles utilized a patent breech and .50 or .54 calibre seemed about standard. The stock was sturdy and some of the models favored extra wood where the forestock would rest on the pommel of a saddle.

Hawkens built between 1830 and 1840 were often stocked with walnut. In the next decade there was a move to more decorated rifles and this continued until after Jake Hawken's death in 1849. After that the surviving brother, Samuel, seemed to return to building a generally simpler and less decorative rifle.

Most of the Hawkens probably weighted about 10 or 11 pounds but there are some authentic 15 pounders around and some that weigh less than 10. If you have ever held an original Hawken you will appreciate the feel and "fit" of the rifle to the shoulder. Sighting is fast and tests show these rifles were very accurate. These are distinct advantages for the man whose survival often depended on getting off a good fast shot.

Generally the Hawken rifle seems rounded. Its curves flow and its lines are not harsh. (An excellent exhibit of these rifles can be found at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming). The wrist is usually egg-shaped, and in the early models, the stocks seem to be slightly arched in the comb with the hint of a Roman nose. In later models the top line of the comb seems to have been straightened.

The Hawken is another American firearm rich in tradition. If you intend to own or build one, you owe it to yourself and to your heritage to take the time to find our more about this unique rifle.

Hawken Halfstock Rifle
 
Specifications:  
   Lock, Trigger & Tang Inletting Available
   Overall length 32"
   Pull length 15 1/2"
   Drop at heel 3 1/4"
   Barrel channel length 15"
   Barrel channel size  15/16", 1" & 1 1/8"
   Ramrod hole size 3/8" and 7/16"
   Lock mortice area 1 3/4" x 7"
   Width at lock 1 3/4"
   Butt 1 3/16" x 5 3/16"

Hawken Halfstock Rifle

 
 
Green Mountain Barrel 1" x 36" $155.00
Appropriate Lock L & R $95.00
Appropriate double-set Trigger L & R $60.00
*Optional Trigger System Davis $65.00
Appropriate Breech Plug L & R $60.00
Recommended Buttplate Iron $23.00
Recommended Triggerguard Iron $23.00
Recommended Thimbles Steel (3) $15.00
Recommended Nose Cap Steel $12.00
Lock Screws (1) $1.75
Tang Screws (2) $3.50
Barrel Rib   $22.00
Rear Sight   $8.00
Front Sight   $5.00
Barrel Lugs (2) $10.00
Barrel Keys (2) $10.00
Escutcheons (4) $8.00
Toe Plate Steel $4.00
Lock Bolt Inlay Steel $4.00
Nipple   $3.00
Ramrod Jag & Tip Brass $3.50
Ramrod   $3.00
*Optional Patchbox   *($30.00)
Misc. Screws   $1.50
Stock Inletting & Drilling   $47.50
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  Parts Total: (not including *optional items) $577.75 (Perc)
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