A continental percussion target rifle
probably German, mid-19th century
Heavy 36 inch octagonal barrel with swamped muzzle and twelve-groove rifling in .60 caliber. Breech section with large, adjustable rear peep sight and maker's touch marks, a running stag by a tree, brass-filled, and a deep mark in the form of a blossom. Unmarked lock with dog safety. Double-set triggers. Wing-headed counterscrews. Heavy brass furniture including schuetzen buttplate and finger triggerguard with massive forward extension, probably a period addition. Sling swivels. Full walnut stock with horn fore-end cap, the checkered wrist with mount for rear sight, now missing, the butt of two pieces. Horn-tipped ramrod.
Condition: Good. Metal with dark age patina. Trigger mechanism needs adjustment. Stock with scattered light marks and two small hairline cracks at buttplate and rear counterscrew. Fore-end cap with some insect damage.