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Bedford County Bedford County
Part No: 189-10
Flintlock or Percussion:
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Caliber & Barrel Size:
Optional Patchbox: Add Optional Patchbox ($37.50)

A distinguishing feature of the Bedford County rifle is its length. These rifles tended to be quite long and were constructed on maple stocks of excellent quality. Numerous inlays of silver and brass decorated the length of the stock. The rifles often used a patchbox of modified floral design held with six or seven screws. The barrel was pinned to the stock with three or four pins, depending on its length, and the pins were set through brass or silver inlays.

The cheek piece usually featured some inletting on this type rifle and almost all of the inlays included a certain amount of engraving. Relief carving in a vine pattern that seems to cover and wind around the stock seems typical of rifles from this region. The butt seems to angle down from the wrist in a gradual slope. The wood used for Bedford County rifle stocks was always of the finest quality obtainable and carving and inlays highlighted the luster of the wood grain.

Some of the men who carried these rifles ranged through the Appalachian Mountains to open and settle new lands. The Bedford Rifle played an important part in the heritage of the families who settled this area. Hanging over a fireplace, it was an object of pride, and in the hands of its owner it was an important and efficient tool for survival.

Lock, Trigger & Tang Inletted Overall length 59" Pull length up to 15" Drop at heel 4 1/2" Barrel channel length 42" Barrel channel size 13/16" or 7/8" Ramrod hole size 5/16" or 3/8" Lock mortice area 1 5/16" x 7 1/4" Width at lock 1 5/8" Butt 1 5/8" x 4 3/4"

Kit Contains:

Green Mountain Barrel 13/16" & 7/8" Appropriate Lock L & R Bedford Flint orL & R Bedford Percussion Appropriate double-set Trigger Davis #4 Appropriate Breech Plug Fantail Recommended Buttplate Brass Recommended Triggerguard Brass Recommended Thimbles Brass Recommended Nose Cap Brass Lock Screws (2) Tang Screws (1) Rear Sight Front Sight Barrel Lugs (3) Barrel Keys (or Pins) (3) Pins Escutcheons Brass (6) Toe Plate Brass Lock Bolt Inlay Brass Touch Hole Liner orDrum & Nipple Ramrod Jag & Tip Brass Ramrod Misc. Screws Stock Inletting & Drilling