It is a privilege to have the opportunity to provide these photos of two remarkable rifles by Bedford County gunsmith Daniel Border. The rifle in the first set of pictures has a typical Bedford County patch box and is dated April 25, 1848. Daniel Border would have been about 22 years old when he made this rifle. One interesting feature on the rat tail percussion lock is the inclusion of a protective fence behind the drum. This fence would help to protect the wood to the rear of the barrel from the damaging effects of the cap explosion. Click here for biographical information on Daniel Border.
The Daniel Border rifle in the next set of photos has a rat tail lock and a non-typical patch box. The barrel is signed "D. Border : Bedford : Pa".
The next set of photos shows both of the above Daniel Border rifles together, for comparison.
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