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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 2/24/2006 4:14:10 PM EDT
My boss has this rifle and asked me if I could tell him anything about it. All I could come up with is that it looks like a Kentucky rifle. Can anyone here eloborate on some details and value of this relic? It seems to be small in caliber, about 3/8" bore and is missing the ramrod. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Chris

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Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:53:05 PM EDT


Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:56:45 PM EDT
I know it has a "back action lock."

www.lr-rpl.com/bkactloc.htm
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:58:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2006 5:00:45 PM EDT by glazer1972]
It is also more of a "plains rifle" style than a "kentucky" style. 3/8" bore is probably going to be a .36 caliber.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:22:20 PM EDT
A little googling turned up Kirkman & Ellis as a known arms manufacturer during the Civil War. Finding out how long they were in business would give you a time frame for the rifle. What your boss has is most likely an old small game rifle. "About 3/8" bore" could be .32 cal or .36 as previously stated. Someone at Friendship could probably tell you in 10 minutes what it is, but IN is a long way from TX.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 5:11:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 5:28:01 AM EDT by cwa11is]
glazer....thanks for getting my pics up here. I guess my normal method doesn't work on this site.

Why are there two triggers for only one chamber?

Dracster..thanks. I forget about google sometimes. I'll dig some more.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:42:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cwa11is:
glazer....thanks for getting my pics up here. I guess my normal method doesn't work on this site.

Why are there two triggers for only one chamber?

Dracster..thanks. I forget about google sometimes. I'll dig some more.



You are welcome. The two triggers are called set triggers. If you just pull the trigger you would have a heavy pull. If you pull the set trigger and then pull the trigger you would get a lighter pull. They were very popular in those days on sporting rifles. Still popular today on blackpowder sporting rifles. There are some modern rifles that have them but they are not as popular today.
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