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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 5133


I am interested in finding out how old my black powder rifle is. The lock is a Warren and Steele lock and the gun was made by A Leonard and Son from Saxon River, VT. From comparing this rifle with others in other books I have been able to see that it originaly had a really heavey, octagon barrel with an octagon bore. It had the screw holes on the end of the muzzle for a false mussle break, and a tapped hole in the tang for a telescopic site. It is a percussion, double set, adjustable trigger, and at least .50 caliber. Someone tapered the barrel, cut some of the stock back, cut off the muzzle a few inches, and soldered on thimbles. The stock has a nice fiddleback look and still has german silver furniture, minus the thimbles. If you could give me a little history on this, I would be willing to show my appreciation in donations to your website. Thank you for your help. Christopher Herb


Artemus Leonard was a gunsmith in Saxtons River Vermont from 1840 to 1860. He was listed as A. Leonard & Sons from 1849 to 1860. He is listed as a maker of percussion rifles and shotguns. Warren & Steele from Albany NY were locksmiths only circa 1840.

Submitted By: Christopher Herb On: 11/23/2003 5:01:09 PM

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