Make: Ardesa, Spain
Serial Number: 067929
Year of Manufacture: Recent
Action Type: Percussion
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “ARDESA SPAIN – 50 CAL/BLACK POWDER ONLY”, then the serial number is stamped next to that. The right side of the barrel is marked with 2 proof marks and “ 700KP/CM2”,and “ G.2”.
Barrel Length: 28”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a rear dovetail mounted elevation adjustable leaf with notch, and a front dovetail mounted brass blade, which may be mounted backwards.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are wood with brass hardware. The LOP measures 13 ½” from front trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless barrel, “Color Case” lock.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is clean and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a few slight marks behind rear sight, but this might be tooling marks. The brass looks to have been clear-coated. The Screw heads are sharp and quite good, without disfiguration. The markings are clearly stamped into the barrel. Overall, this gun rates in about fine - Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action appears to function correctly but the front trigger will only set when the back trigger is set. We have not fired this gun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a well made .50 Cal black powder rifle with a nice stainless barrel which will make maintenance easy. The Ardesa website does not currently show this model, but is similar to the Ranger’s stock model. Possibly this was a kit. The wooden stock is nicely finished if it was a kit build. The cleanliness of this rifle indicates that it may not have been fired. This would make a great first black powder rifle or a step up from a basic entry level BP gun. This gun has four desirable features:, double set trigger, stainless barrel, great looking stock, and it is in .50 Cal.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle qualifies as an antique and can be sold to anyone 18 years of age with valid ID..
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