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Old November 10th, 2018, 03:36 PM #1
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Help ID this rifle

This rifle has been hanging in my grandpa's basement since I've been alive. He can trace it back to at least his grandfather, which puts it 1870s or earlier. It is a single shot .22, with a ram rod to remove spent shells. The chamber does not seal up tight any more, so if you shoot it, you get combustion in your face.

I can't find any writing at all on it, only a few etchings on the trigger guard and plate. It doesn't even specify caliber.

His aunt used to shoot rats in the cornfield behind her house with it, so it must have been accurate. She lived in Indiana, and we suspect the gun could be from there too, if it was custom built.
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I remember guns like that when I was a kid. Have no idea who made them, always assumed they were produced by local smiths from parts.

Ejecting spent cartridges manually with a rod is about the worst but simplest system I can think of.
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It appears to be a "Flobert" gallery or garden rifle.
They aren't .22 rimfire. They take a CB cap or 6mm Flobert round.
Yours doesn't have a locking breach and isn't really safe with modern .22 rimfire.
These type rifles and the proper ammunition are discussed in this thread. https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=228793
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I remember guns like that when I was a kid. Have no idea who made them, always assumed they were produced by local smiths from parts.

Ejecting spent cartridges manually with a rod is about the worst but simplest system I can think of.
Most were actually manufactured in Belgium, with a smattering of German and others. They were popular and quite common in the 19th century.
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Found an old ad that seems to show this exact rifle. $3 brand new in the late 1800's

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Forget the rifle. What's that Bigfoot looking thing sitting on the dresser?
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Forget the rifle. What's that Bigfoot looking thing sitting on the dresser?
Haha...that a mantle above a fireplace. Grandpa retired early (mid fifties), and is in his 90's now. Since he's had 40 years of free time, he goes through hobbies every 5-15 years. One thing that has endured is collections...he went through an "Indian" related collection phase at one point, and that is one of the collection.

He also has Matchbox cars, knives, belt buckles, Avon glass, half dollars, State quarters, and probably about a dozen other collections I'm forgetting.
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Example: he used to metal detect a lot, and this is how you sort your pennies when you have tons of free time. This is labeled "Pennies: 1950-1959"
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