Virginia Longrifle with Wood Patch Box
This is a contemporary Virginia Longrifle, not based upon any particular school, although the wide butt, straight comb and wood patch box would be indicative of an earlier rifle. The brass furniture is of a Germanic style, typically found through the Valley and Piedmont areas of Virginia. Incised molding runs the length of the fore end of the stock and terminates with a circular volute above the rear entry pipe. Incised molding is also found on the toe of the butt stock. Raised carving is found around the tang, wrist area, and behind the molded cheek piece. An apple blossom design is engraved on the wear plate, and on the trigger guard bow. Engraving is also present on the top flat of the butt piece and on the toe plate of the rifle.
The rifle is stocked in curly maple, and finished with varnish/oil for a warm, subtle appearance. The stock has very nice curl that is present throughout the entire length of the piece. There is a small bark inclusion located above the side plate that adds a nice little bit of character to the stock.
The barrel is a Getz, .58 caliber and is 44" long with a nice swamp profile. The barrel has been left "in the white", as was common with many longrifles. Let natural wear and oxidation add a fine patina over time, or simply wipe with a rag and oil to preserve the bright finish. A "white Lightning" vent liner has been installed to provide quick, positive ignition.
The lock is a Early Ketland by Chambers. The lock has also been finished armory bright and matches the finish of the barrel. Engraving decorates the lock plate with a design typical of the period. The trigger pull is very smooth, making this rifle a pleasure to shoot.
|Caliber||Barrel Length||Lock Type||Weight||LOP||Length|
|.58||44"||Chambers||8 lbs.||13 5/8"||59 1/2"|