.44 caliber. 35" barrel length. SN: NSN. Single-shot percussion rifle with heavy octagon barrel, target sights, and double set triggers. Blued metal finish with a perch belly Monte Carlo-style stock made from premium walnut. Features a Swiss-style buttplate, serpentine trigger guard, and a safety toggle to right side lockplate. Target sights include a rear aperture sight and a hooded front sight. Marked to top of barrel is the gunmaker name and city of origin, "J.J. SCHLAEPFER IN GLARUS" along with the steel-type "GUSS:STAHL". Schuetzen rifles are single-shot competition guns that were used widely in Europe from about 1875-1945. Most are custom made by independent gunmakers of the period, and this particular schuetzen was made by gunmaker J.J. Schlaepfer of Glarus, Switzerland sometime during the 19th century.
Very good. Bore shows signs of oxidation, rifling is present. Finish has darkened into a patina, has pitting and surface oxidation to barrel and metal components. Wood stock is in good condition with a small crack and some losses to right side of heel, 2" crack to middle of butt extending from buttplate, cracks to wood on both sides of breech, small scratches overall.
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