.40 caliber. 34" pinned octagonal barrel. SN: NSN. Blued finish, brass furniture, full-length hardwood stock with raised cheek rest. Lightly engraved single screw percussion lock marked "GOULCHER" in a banner. Barrel with drum bolster with weak traces of a Leman mark, but only "WARRANTED" remains legible. Barrel with long, three-screw tang similar to guns made in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, simple two-piece brass patchbox with release in toe that suggests a similar region of production. Despite the fact that the gun is configured and stocked like a rifle from these regions from the lock back, from the lock forward it has the overall appearance of a typical trade gun with a forend that extends to the muzzle, a simple sheet brass reinforcement at the forend tip and a corrugated ramrod pipe. Dovetailed, semi-buckhorn rear sight dovetailed front sight blade, finger extension triggerguard with spur. The gun was likely shortened during the period of use and possibly reconfigured to be more like a trade gun at that time. An interesting percussion rifle that is short and handy enough for use on horseback or in dense brush with a nice look to it.
Good. Metal oxidized with traces of old blue and a mostly plum patina with scattered surface roughness and oxidation. Markings weak, lock with pitting. Hammer screw replaced with an old, added copper washer. Mechanically functional, fair bore with moderate pitting and visible rifling. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars some moderate chipped loss below the lock and forward of the bolster, some cracking at the lock screw, some chipped loss along the upper edge of the forend and some more loss around the pin holes.
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