PANNABECKER LANCASTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA Rifle
Full Stock Antebellum Plains Rifle!
Here we present an antique J. Pannabecker Full-Stock, Heavy Barreled Percussion Long Rifle, made circa the 1850s. The Pannabeckers were gunmakers in and around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and were makers of flintlock and percussion, full-stocked long rifles between 1790 and 1864. Historians are in general agreement that Bedford/Lancaster County cradled the Pennsylvania gunmaking industry, and it was here that the long rifle first evolved from its clumsy predecessors from Europe to become the graceful and unique American Long Rifle. Slings, which the shorter, heavy European guns were equipped with were eliminated on the American Long Rifle. In short, the Pennsylvania rifle was more accurate, used less powder and lead, had longer range, and was a more graceful contour with a handsome finish.
This rifle would have been used to hunt medium to large sized game or dispatching the enemy from greater distances than most other muskets could fire accurately at that time. This rifle features a heavy octagonal barrel in .50 caliber, large enough to take big game or a man. There is a blade front sight and an open sight mounted midway down the barrel. This rifle also comes equipped with double set triggers for a light and crisp trigger break. Deluxe maple was used in the making of this stock.
The overall condition is good. The stock shows wear and remains strong with nice striped maple grain. The bore is in great shape with sharp rifling. The action remains strong.
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Barrel is 38-1/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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