13' overall with 8" oct. rifled barrel signed "HACKER MARTIN". Tiger maple stock with engraved brass and silver mounts. Engraved lock signed "H. Martin". Original hickory rod. Hacker was known as the last of the first generation of traditional smiths. Chapter XII of Ned Roberts' "Muzzle Loading Cap Lock Rifles" is devoted to Martin.
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