QUINTESSENTIAL FRONTIER RIFLE Antique by SLOTTER
Circa 1860 Philadelphia Made Large Bore Plains Rifle!
Here we present an antique Half-Stock Plains Rifle, made by Slotter & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 1860. This rifle was the sort taken by many to the Frontier of mid-19th Century North America. It was an indispensable tool for providing food and protection whether on the trail or on the homestead, for four- and two-legged predators alike. This rifle is relatively plain and utilitarian and features brass hardware on a sturdy wooden stock. Double set triggers were standard on these types of rifles, providing both a safety measure as well as a nudge for practical accuracy with a light and crisp trigger pull. The barrel is relatively heavy and octagonal and chambered for a patched .45 caliber ball. A heavier barrel being useful for larger powder charges as well as steadying the rifle for off-hand shots. The lock is of the back-action variety, and it and the barrel are marked “SLOTTER & Co. PHILA.”, the rifle’s maker.
Slotter and Company was comprised of Frederick & Henry Schlotterbeck, Samuel Burch and William Carrigan, and they were perhaps most famous for their high quality, extremely close copy of Henry Deringer’s pistols. They were known to have sold their wares as far as San Francisco to an outfitter by the name of A.J. Plate. In an advertisement about their rifles, Slotter stated that their rifles were superior to others, being made completely in-house with the exception of Remington barrels. This barrel is marked on the left side with the number “551” as well as “WART” (warranted) and “GAIN TWIST”, the type of rifling utilized in the barrel. Gain twist, also known as progressive rifling, was more difficult to produce and therefore more expensive, and it is used to more rapidly accelerate the spiral of the projectile as it nears the muzzle of the barrel. This measure lengthened the life of the barrel by decreasing the wear toward the breech.
The overall condition is near fine. Much of the original finish remains on the barrel, turned plum in color with age. The markings are clear. The stock is in great shape. The bore is dark with good rifling. The action remains in excellent condition, strong and crisp. This is a wonderfully preserved example of a pioneer rifle from a well-known Philadelphia maker, Slotter & Co.! Many didn’t make it in any condition!
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Barrel is 33-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .47 (about a .45 caliber patched projectile)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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