An unusual back action percussion rifle by William Hahn
An unusual back action percussion rifle by William Hahn,New York c 1850-1860. The heavy octagonal 50 bore barrel is stamped W HAHN N.Y, and cut with 6 groove rifling, the muzzle cut for a bullet starter (or for the muzzle ring of a bayonet), bayonet bar to right side, fitted with a folding graduated ladder rearsight and a nickel blade foresight. Fully stocked and carved with a cheek piece, the nickel furniture includes an escutcheon engraved with the owner's name G. Mendorf. The lock is fitted with a detented action, adjustable double set triggers, and the original steel ramrod has a brass tip. The swivel slings have been removed and the 2 brass barrel wedges are later. Good age patina overall.
Weight 8lbs 6ozs (3.9kgs) Barrel length 28¼" (71.7cms) Overall length 44½" (113cms)
William Hahn, working 1850-1870; 224 East 11th Street, New York City; gunsmith and gunmaker.