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Percussion Target Rifle by J. Craig, Weaverville, California

A truly massive percussion target rifle in .54 caliber, by Joseph Craig, of Weaverville in Trinity County, and later of San Bernardino California. This is an unusually heavy barrel for this gunsmith, who was primarily known for his hunting rifles, but the barrel is so massive that it is difficult to imagine hunting with it. Otherwise, this bears all of the hallmarks of Craig’s style, being of large caliber, relatively plain, yet showing fine craftsmanship.  The stock shows a very handsome grain, the mounts are German silver. The barrel is stamped “J. Craig Cal.” The lock is unmarked. The gun has double set triggers. The3re is a fine brass California Grizzly Bear set into the stock in brass. Less usual for a Craig rifle, the forend has only one key attaching it to the barrel. Dimensions: 50.5 inches long overall. The barrel is 34.25 inches long. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $65.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

 

Condition:

The stock may have been refinished, as there are minor gaps around the lock. The barrel has some rust and use marks on it, especially near the breech. There was a different sight on the gun originally, which has now been replaced with an iron buckhorn sight. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please note we do not accept credit cards. 

 

 

Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$998
01/14/2021

 

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21%.