.42 cal. Alvan Pratt Percussion target rifle

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.42 cal. Alvan Pratt Percussion target rifle
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This item SOLD at 2018 Jun 24 @ 14:00UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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This is a .42 caliber Pratt target rifle marked from Concord, Mass. The barrel is 32 in. overall length with a patent hook breach for cleaning. It is 1 1/4 in. across the flats with a round turned muzzle to accommodate a false muzzle now missing. The top flat is marked "A. PRATT. CONCORD. MSS." on three stamped lines (1821-1877). It is also marked "C. (Christian) Steel" the barrel maker along with a turkey bust proofing mark and the numbers "7 over 45"; the meaning unknown, (possibly July of 1845). The gun is equipped with a hooded bead front sight; relocated forward for a longer sighting radius or different dovetail width. The rear sight has been relocated to a sighting plane adjustable for windage and elevation; where the windage plate has incredible side motion and a forward calibrated needle. The most unique feature of this gun is the sliding extension for the curved butt-plate. It is thought that this feature would extend under the shooter's arm pit and act as a butt-plate extension in much the same way as a Schutzen style butt-plate without the obtrusive design. The lock is a back-action marked "A. PRATT Warranted". The stock is half-stock with a pewter nose cap; cracked in several places forward of the lock and behind the nose cap. It has double set triggers that still function. The stock has one wedge and brass stock escutcheon, cheek-piece and a small cap box mounted forward opening. There is a brass number tag #175 at the butt-plate. The trigger guard is engraved with the forward extension missing. The bore is smooth without flaws with a very rapid rate of twist that would indicate this gun was made to shoot very heavy bullets. An overall weight of this gun must be between 12-14 lbs. This gun appears to have been built for bench rest shooting in front of the Schutzen craze of the 1890's. Date: Location: HWAC# 55279