Joseph Lepley percussion long rifle

The following photos show a .36 caliber muzzle loading rifle that is signed "J * Lepley". The photos were provided by the owner of the rifle, Thomas Statler. The barrel of this rifle is quite long, at 43-1/2 inches. To read about the Lepley family of gunsmiths, click here.

The following photo shows the entire right-hand side of a full-stock percussion long rifle made by Joseph Lepley that is stocked in excellent curly maple.
A photo of the right-hand side of the Lepley percussion long rifle.

The next photo shows the cursive barrel signature "J * Lepley".
This photo shows the barrel signature on the Lepley muzzle loading long rifle.

The next photo is zoomed in to show the portion of the rifle between the butt plate and the entry pipe. The rifle has double set triggers and a very elongated teardrop inlay on a similarly-shaped raised panel that is located aft of the lock panel.
This photo shows the right-hand side of the stock of the Lepley muzzleloader from the buttplate to the entry pipe area.

The next photo highlights the buttstock and the patch box. The buttstock has the low comb and straight lower edge that are common to Somerset and Bedford county muzzle loading rifles.
This photo highlights the right-hand side of the buttstock of the Lepley long rifle.

The next photo shows the fore end, including a strikingly long nose cap.
This photo shows the right-hand side of the forearm of the Lepley muzzleloader.

Here, below, is a larger view of the nosecap area.
 This is a larger view of the nosecap area of the Lepley longrifle.

The next photo shows the cheekpiece side of the buttstock, and the lock bolt plate.
This photo shows the cheekpiece side of the buttstock of the Lepley rifle, and the lock bolt plate.

In the next photo, the Joseph Lepley rifle has been rotated to show the toe plate of the buttstock.
This shows the toe plate of the buttstock of the Lepley-made rifle.

The next two photo variations show the muzzle and front end of the nose cap of the Joseph Lepley rifle. The seven-groove rifling is very deep.
001 view of muzzle of the Lepley rifle. 001 view of muzzle of the Lepley rifle.

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