A GOOD .625 FLINTLOCK BAKER VOLUNTEER TARGET / MATCH RIFLE BY WILLIAM MOORE, no visible serial number,
with 30 1/4in. iron twist barrel professionally rebrowned and having a gold-lined touch-hole, fitted with sword bayonet bar at muzzle, small blade front-sight, three leaf back-sight, the flat at the breech engraved with the makers name "WM. MOORE, RIFLE GUNMAKER 118 WHITE CHAPEL HIGH ST. LONDON" the barrel is rifled with 11 grooves, plain flat bevelled lockplate with stepped tail and bolt safety, the makers name "W. MOORE" set in a recess in a gold block to the centre, vee shaped rainproof pan and roller to frizzen spring, and swan-neck cock, the lock is detented and the rifle has a set trigger, brass-mounted full walnut stock with finely chequered wrist, and raised cheek-rest, the fore-end is of the slit pattern dating the rifle to after 1805, the mounts include scroll trigger-guard, rectangular patchbox and two rammer pipes, the rifle is fitted with its original adjustable peep-sight and complete with its sling swivels and rammer. The stock with an old and expertly executed repair to the stock by the lock.
Provenance: This is a rare high quality volunteers target / match Baker rifle with all the refinements, detented lock, set trigger and target sights, the 11 groove frictionless rifling is a faster twist than the standard Baker, at 1 turn in 30 in. This rifle was obviously made for someone of substance and with an interest in target shooting, possibly a member of the famed Acrotormentarian Society of London. They were the only rifle club to survive the Napoleonic Wars and are still in existence today, William Moore the maker of this rifle was a member and supplied rifles to many of the other members. In fact the previous owner of this rifle was a society member.
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