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Jenks Breech Loading Rifle

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Title:  

Jenks Breech Loading Rifle
Date:
1839
Creator:
William Jenks, patentee

Content Description: 

This flintlock rifle, patented by William Jenks (active 1839-1858), has a unique breech loading system developed to minimize re-loading time for the soldier or sportsman. When a lever on the left side of the gun is raised it draws back a cylinder (or bolt) in the barrel. This bolt opens and closes a loading hole on the top of the barrel through which a ball and powder can be inserted. The butt plate, trigger guard, and ramrod thimbles are all of German silver, a nickel alloy. The stock is walnut, with a steel forestock and ramrod. The lock plate is stamped: "CHICOPEE FALLS CO., Ms". (Massachusetts), and the butt plate has a letter "E" scratched in it. A star in a circle, engraved on the barrel behind the rear sight, may indicate it was used in the "Lone Star" Republic of Texas.

Physical Description: 

Wood, iron, steel, German silver. Overall length: 50"

Location:
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Identifier:
49.2.112
credits:
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village

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