J. Schudt N.Y. 45-70 Prototype Rifle
A single shot rifle marked on the left frame "J. (John)
Schudt Pat. June 5, 1877". The large thumb lever on the right is marked
"J. Schudt 1877 Seeger" The barrel is marked on top at the breech "45."
A 3 band musket with 34 1/4" barrel in .45-70 caliber and having a bright,
excellent bore. The front sight is a barleycorn, with the rear a military
type folding type with the leaf graduated to 1000 yeards and the leaf missing.
Antique. A long takedown lever has 2 detents and appears to lock the knurled
safety plate. The 2 piece walnut stock shows no markings and grades fine
with some handling marks. The barrel retains over 90% original blue with
light surface rust and the receiver is mostly gray/brown with traces of
case color. A very scarce piece with less than 200 reported made for the
State of New York,( Before Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Office, and therefore
not subject to any misery from HER). Frank Sellers gives Schudt from New
York N.Y. with his patent of 1877 being number 191721, for breech loading
firearms. Ref. American Gunsmiths by Frank Sellers. ANTIQUE