Benjamin Vore percussion muzzle loading rifle

The photos below show an antique percussion muzzle loading rifle that was made by the gunsmith Benjamin Vore, who worked in both Somerset County and Bedford County, Pennsylvania during the 19th century.

The first picture provides a slightly oblique view of the right-hand side of the buttstock of the Vore muzzle loading rifle. The lightly engraved four-piece patch box is of a style that was heavily used by the Bedford School of gunsmiths. It has five piercings and a Q-shaped finial. The patch box release is a button on the relatively short toe plate. The metal cross-pin that secures the rear of the trigger guard to the stock is visible below the tip of the patch box finial. I don't know what the two pins in the middle of the wrist are for. Because of the angle of the picture, the wood screw that retains the rear of the trigger plate to the underside of the wrist is visible, as is a cast-in-place decoration at the rear of the bow of the trigger guard. The pointed rear of the stock panel for the lock is raised significantly above the surface of the wrist. The curved line of the belly of the stock is slightly concave and the curved line of the comb is slightly convex. The top of the cast-brass crescent-shaped buttplate is well-aligned with the curve of the comb.
This photo highlights the pierced patch box that is mounted on an antique percussion muzzle loader that was made by gunmaker Benjamin Vore, who worked in Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.

The next photo shows the lightly engraved lock on the Vore muzzleloader, with its graceful S-shaped Bedford County-style high-spur percussion hammer. The forward facing surface of the hammer spur is a concave radiused shape. The lock plate has a slightly bulbous rat tail configuration, with the tail sitting relatively high in the raised panel of the gun stock. The percussion nipple is positioned by a drum that is threadedly attached to the breech of the octagonal barrel. The drum incorporates wrench flats and a vent screw. The straight and relatively short nose of the hammer is well aligned with the percussion nipple.
This shows the percussion lock that is mounted on an antique black powder rifle that was manufactured by Benjamin Vore, a gunsmith who worked in Bedford and Somerset Counties, PA. The hammer has the distinguished shape used by the Bedford School of gun design.

The next photograph, although blurry, is the only one I have that shows the entire raised stock panel for the percussion lock of this old black powder gun. The long bow of the cast brass trigger guard houses a double trigger set-up, with an adjustment screw located between the triggers. The set trigger (rear trigger) is longer and more curved than the rather stubby hair trigger (front trigger).

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