Benjamin Troutman, percussion rifle

The following images show a percussion rifle by Benjamin Troutman. The initials engraved on the lock match the style of letters Benjamin Troutman used. The hammer spur curves in the direction and style of the celebrated Bedford County percussion hammers. Note the wave carving along the lower edge of the buttstock that is a Ben Troutman signature trademark. The patchbox has the "Q" final that is very common in Bedford and Somerset counties. One unusual feature of the finial is the tail stroke extends to the interior of the "Q". The lock bolt plate has four screws, which is a bit unusual. The last image is a stamping on the barrel that reads "Reynolds". Reynolds is the name of a recognized barrel maker. Click here for biographical information on Benjamin Troutman.


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