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Hello! I ran across an old percussion rifle at an estate sale and picked it up, and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for identification? I cannot find any markings other than and "X". I'm trying to upload photos but keep getting an error...
 

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Welcome to TFF.

Hope you didn't invest much, as looks like the result of an unskilled person's do it yourself attempt.

The barrel and hardware resemble parts of a cheap European small caliber trade gun made for export.
 

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I'm not too worried about $35! So yes, I get the point that it's worthless... I would just like an idea of the time period?
 

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Any identifying proof marks may have rusted away, but remove the barrel and check the hidden underside.

Guns such as these were made from mid-19th century to 20th century.
 

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I believe percussion locks started coming into their own during the 1830s. I know the metal has seen better days, but any chance there's a maker's name on the inner surface of the lockplate? If so, and it's readable, it might go a ways in establishing age.
 

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Those modern wood screws look nice too. It would indeed be a labor of love. It can be cleaned up. stock repaired and it would look very nice as a display piece. Shoot it? only if you have a very good medical plan, JMO:eek: Good luck with it.
 

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My WAG would be in the 1950's or 60's using old parts.
Agree with you on that. The stock seems to be someone's latter day take on a mid 19th Century style. Still, once cleaned a little, the stock spruced up and stained, with perhaps a light coat of varnish added, it'd probably make a pretty neat over the fireplace hanger. As to firing it; I wouldn't.
 
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