Make: Thompson Center Arms
Model: Hawken Cap-Lock
Serial Number: 16541
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Action Type: Cap and Ball Muzzleloader
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “16541”. The right side is marked “Thompson/Center Arms Co. / Rochester, New Hampshire” and “CAL 50”. The right sideplate and the right side of the hammer are scroll engraved.
Barrel Length: The octagon barrel is 28” in length with 0.9” across the flats.
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a flat topped “U” notched rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation, and a bead front sight dovetailed into the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is medium walnut with a cheekpiece. It has a beautiful grain pattern – please see our pictures. It has a solid brass trigger guard, patch box, crescent butt plate and forend cap. The stock light handling marks. In addition, there is a small compression just in front of the top of the buttplate and compression marks on both sides and the bottom of the forend. There are neither cracks nor chips. The LOP measures 13 9/16” to the front of the rear trigger and 14 9/16” to the front of the front trigger from the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Colored Right Side Plate and Hammer
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is deep. There is no erosion that we could see.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish. The barrel shows frosting and pinprick surface erosion over its length. The forend cap has marks on the right side, and all of the brass is tarnished. The right side plate and hammer show pinprick surface erosion. Two of the upper tang screws are disfigured, while the rest are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. With the rear trigger set, the front breaks crisply at less than half a pound. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The cleaning rod that is mounted under the barrel comes with this rifle.
Our Assessment: For more information on this rifle, please see: “http://www.tcarms.com/firearms/mzTraditional.php”. This is a great rifle for anyone who doesn’t like cartridge guns - Thompson Center makes muzzleloaders of the highest quality and reliability that you will find. With the .50 caliber bore, you can hunt with deer with it, and if your state has a special muzzleloader season, you get your shot at the big bucks before the cartridge shooters. The double set triggers can be set up as light as you like – so no excuses for pulled shots. This rifle is also great for those Revolutionary War re-enactments.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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