Dating percussion rifles
Beautiful Kentucky / Pennsylvania Percussion Rifle Dated 1849 w/ Multiple Silver and Brass Inlays Description: Overall gun is 57" long and .50 caliber with curly maple stock. I had the gun to a well respected expert black powder gunsmith for a good going over and they found the initials "RUM" underneath the barrel along with "L" and "PY" made more readable by tracing over paper.
Gun was obviously built for someone of means at that time.
So here's what I've got; a mid-late 19th Century heavy barrel target rifle built on a Civil War Burnside Carbine lock.
Obviously it was made after 1860 given the production of the lock, but I'm hoping to narrow the date down.
This percussion cap contained a small amount of impact sensitive explosive which then set-off the gunpowder.
The percussion cap was struck by a hammer, which typically featured a point to ensure the cap was struck efficiently.
An improvement on flintlock and matchlock rifles, percussion rifles were faster to reload and required fewer moving parts.
While laymen often did not appreciate these improvements, the military did.
The percussion rifle was quickly replaced by the breechloading rifles of the 1860s, the 'Trapdoor' Springfields and the Snider-Enfield being, perhaps, the most notable.
The United States military adopted the percussion rifle in 1841. Most Western European nations adopted percussion rifles, resulting in a multitude of different rifles.
Their weapons were made from quality materials and can still be found in good condition nearly two centuries later. Read more An improvement on flintlock and matchlock rifles, percussion rifles were faster to reload and required fewer moving parts.
Pedersoli 50 caliber percussion rifle Description: Pedersoli 50 caliber black power percussion rifle.
5 includes shipping to FFL Only (I'm not going to try to interprate every state's laws regarding muzzle-loaders) Price: 5.00 Manufacturer: PEDERSOLI Serial Number: 80340 Caliber: 50 Pedersoli 50 caliber percussion rifle Description: Pedersoli 50 caliber black power percussion rifle.