Modeled after the snaphaunce musket brought over by John Forbes perhaps
on the Mayflower. If you want a really early rifle, this is it. The
Forbes gun was made probably about 1590-1610.
The barrel is a Colerain, 50 caliber swamped, 38 inches long, the lock manufactured by Doc. The stock is plain walnut, commonly used early on. There is no figure but the wood is lovely with solid, tight grain, oil finished. I know that it looks clumsy, but it throws up to the shoulder a lot better than you would think, the trigger is soft and fully controllable and it sparks nicely. Locktime is far faster than you would think. I quite like it.
It’s also safer than later flintlocks, simply because you can flip the frizzen open yet cover the priming with the pan cover.
The snaphaunce was an early flintlock, featuring the horizontal sear of the even earlier wheelock, an open frizzen which requires a pan cover and a mechanism to open it on fall of the hammer plus a big spring to actuate all the moving parts. Sounds clumsy and complicated and it was, compared to the later true flintlock with vertical sear and combination frizzen and pan cover. But many were imported into the New World during the 1600’s and early 1700’s. They were the best there was at the time.