Daniel Border's March 27, 1849 rifle

The rifle featured on this page was made by the well-known gunsmith Daniel B. Border of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The lock bolt plate is dated March 27, 1849. Click here to see a very similar rifle that was made by Daniel Border's younger first cousin John Border.

The following image provides a general overview of the right-hand side of the Daniel Border muzzle loading rifle.

The following photo shows the nicely engraved patch box.

The following photo shows an oblique view of the top of the buttplate. Note how far forward one of the screws is located.

The following image provides an oblique view of the toe plate.

The signed and engraved rat tail lock has a graceful Bedford County-style percussion hammer.

The following photo is included to provide an enlarged view of the signature on the lock.

The following photo shows that the barrel tang is pointed, and is retained with two screws. The angle of this photo shows that the rat tail of the lock is level with the surface of the lock panel, as is the back edge of the bevel that runs around the rest of the lock plate. The angle of this photo also shows the lateral bend in the hammer.

The following picture shows the front end of the trigger guard, and reveals that the screw heads on the lock are frustrums of cones.

The next photo shows the rear sight of the Daniel Border rifle.

The next photo shows the right-hand side of the entry pipe.

The following photo shows one of the ramrod ferrules.

The following photo features the front sight of the Daniel Border rifle.

The following image shows that the bore of the barrel has seven rifle grooves.

The following photo shows the cheekpiece side of the buttstock.

The following photo shows the engraved toe plate on the Daniel Border muzzle loader. it is retained to the stock by four screws.

I included the following photo to show how small the buttstock is, compared to the hand of the person who is holding the rifle. This gun doesn't just look slender; it IS slender.

The following photo highlights the engraved and dated brass lock bolt plate.

The following photo features the rear sight of the Daniel Border rifle.

The following photo shows the left-hand side of the ramrod entry pipe.

The following photo shows the front ramrod ferrule and part of the nose cap.

The following photo shows the muzzle and nose cap of the Daniel Border muzzle loading rifle. The bore of the barrel has seven grooves.

The following photo does a good job of showing the dainty size of the Defibaugh rifle by comparing it to the ultra-rare but regularly sized breach-loading combination gun by Sheridan Leach. I edited the photo to remove a third rifle.

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