.50 Caliber Thompson Center Hawken Replica

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Location Houston, TX 77065
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Up for auction is a Thompson Center .50 Cal Hawken Muzzleloader. Stock is in nice condition with some handling marks but not bad at all. Barrel bluing is nice. The bore is somewhat dull and has some minor pitting, but utility of rile should not be affected, and the bore can most likely be cleaned up to shine again. All the brass on this black powder muzzle loader is in excellent condition with some patina starting to show. Front and rear sights are in place and ready. This rifle is set up and ready to take muzzle-loading hunting with no delay! You will not be disappointed in this purchase.

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The following is general historical information about the Hawken rifle. This information may not apply in all cases to the Hawken rifle replica described in this auction. The Hawken rifle is a muzzle-loading rifle built by the Hawken brothers that was used on the prairies and in the Rocky Mountains of the United States during the early frontier days. It has become synonymous with the "plains rifle," the buffalo gun, and the fur trapper's gun. Developed in the 1820s, it was eventually displaced by breechloaders (such as the Sharps rifle) and lever-action rifles which flourished after the Civil War.

The Hawken "plains rifle" was made by Jacob and Samuel Hawken, in their St. Louis, Missouri shop, which they ran from 1815 to 1858. Their shop continued to operate and sell rifles bearing the "Hawken" name under later owners William S. Hawken, William L. Watt, and J. P. Gemmer, until Gemmer closed down the business and retired in 1915. Samuel and Jacob were trained by their father as rifle smiths on the east coast. They moved west and opened a business in St. Louis at the beginning of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. The brothers' claim to fame is the "plains rifles" produced by their shop. They produced what their customers needed in the west, a quality gun, light enough to carry all the time, capable of knocking down big targets at long range. They called their guns "Rocky Mountain Rifles," reflecting their customers: fur trappers, traders and explorers.

The earliest known record of a Hawken rifle dates to 1823 when one was made for William Henry Ashley. The Hawkens did not mass-produce their rifles but rather made each one by hand, one at a time. A number of famous men were said to have owned Hawken rifles, including Auguste Lacome, Hugh Glass, Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Orrin Porter Rockwell, Joseph Meek, Jedediah Strong Smith, and Theodore Roosevelt. Hawken rifles had a reputation for both accuracy and long range.

The Hawken rifle company was sold in 1862, and the last rifle actually made by a Hawken was built in 1884. Although popular with mountain men and hunters of the fur trade era, up through the mid part of the 19th century, muzzleloaders were generally replaced by mass-produced, breech-loading weapons such as the Sharps rifle and the Winchester rifle. Research data on the Hawken ("Hauken", "Hawkin") brothers and their firearm offerings can be found in "The Hawken Rifle: Its Place in History" by Charles E. Hanson Jr.

The rifles are generally shorter and of a larger caliber than earlier "Kentucky rifles" from which they descend. The style of the rifles is the same as the Harpers Ferry Model 1803, a half stock rifle (although they also made some with full stock), with the same lines as the Kentucky Rifle. The "plains rifle" style would become the "sporter" for much of the United States during the 1840s. The 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson starring Robert Redford as a mountain man who used such a rifle, contributed to general interest in replicas[12] and a resurgence in the popularity of muzzleloaders among modern hunters.

Their "Rocky Mountain" guns were typically .50 caliber or .53 caliber, but ranged as high as .68 caliber. They averaged 10 1/2 pounds (4.8 kg), although there are examples of 15 pounds (6.8 kg) guns. Barrels were of varying lengths (33 and 36 inch examples are described), and are octagonal on the outside and made of soft iron, which reduced fouling. The walnut or maple stocks have a curved cheek piece, often looking like a beaver's tail and called that. They tend to have double triggers, with the rear trigger a "set" trigger. When the rear trigger is pulled, the hammer does not fall but rather the action "sets" the front trigger, the front trigger becoming a "hair trigger," tripped with a light touch. In many examples, when the front trigger is used without using the rear "set" trigger, it requires a firm pull, and others require the trigger to be set before the front trigger will drop the hammer at all. The front sight was a blade sight. Unlike many modern reproductions, the butt plate and other trim was not made of brass, but of iron.

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This is a nice replica of a famous old frontier muzzle loading rifle: the Hawken Rifle. It is in good cosmetic and mechanical condition. The patina which is forming on the brass parts of the gun will gradually add value as a collectible piece. It is ready to hunt when you take it out of the box. Or put it on display in your den or office. You can use Layaway to spread the small monthly payments.

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Thompson Center
Barrel Length
30 inch
Mfg Part Number
14.00 Pounds