.50 caliber. 32" barrel length. SN: NSN. Single-shot percussion rifle with target sights, double set triggers, and a heavy octagon barrel with a rounded muzzle attachment. Blued metal finish and a fine checkered walnut stock, with silver plated buttplate and patchbox. Target sights consist of a rear aperture tang sight, adjustable hooded front sight, and a chess piece-style bead to muzzle attachment. Marked "M.S. HENDRICK AURORA ILL/1875" and "HITCHCOCK MUZZY" both to left side of barrel. Merton S. Hendrick was a renowned maker of target rifles and worked out of Aurora, Illinois from about 1868 up until his death in 1930.
Very good. Bore shows little signs of oxidation. Metal finish has mostly turned to a rich patina. There is a small crack to right side of toe on stock under buttplate. Stock has several small scratches and dings overall. Action is functional. Lot includes accompanying tool kit containing rifle mold, swage, and starter.
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