The first two photos below show details of the front and rear of a slender antique percussion Bedford County gun lock. It was made by Jacob Stoudenour, an important Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunmaker, and is engraved with his typical "JS" initials. The lock plate has the rat tail that is so often seen on gun locks on rifles from the Bedford School of gunsmithing. To me, the rat tail (and associated tapered rear lock panel of the stock) give a Bedford County muzzleloader a dynamic sense of forward motion. The hammer on this Stoudenour lock has the graceful S shape and forward curving spur that exemplify Bedford School hammer geometry. For biographical information on Jacob Stoudenour, click here.
A friend uses investment casting to produce high fidelity replicas of the components of this and other gun locks. Some knowledge of gunsmithing is required to assemble the castings and create a finished lock, such as drilling, tapping, heat treating springs, etc. Click here for additional information, or click on the advertisement below. The next photo shows a copy of the Stoudenour gun lock made from the investment cast parts.
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