A reproduction of the famous flintlock rifle by J P Beck of the Lebanon
School with a rampant Lion behind the cheekpiece. The original is very
likely pre-revolutionary as the double headed eagle is a distinct
pre-revolutionary English influenced feature. This is the finest piece
of maple I have ever worked on, intensly curly and hard as a rock.
Barrel is by Rayl, 50 caliber, swamped and 50 inches long. Pull is
There are four ramrod ferrules, including the rear one, as well as four barrel pins. The fore-end cap is obliquely ribbed.
I had a hard time not engraving the brass sidelock plate, but the original is plain, so I left it that way.
The rampant Lion is a distinctly English feature, seen on the English Coat-of-Arms, but rendered in a unique folk-art fashion. Getting the lion to stand out in bas-relief required the sharpest of tools, the utter-most patience and more sweat of brow than I usually care to spend, except I could not put aside the challenge of doing it. The maple was so hard and densly curly, popping out a single hunk could have ruined the whole project.