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.54 Cal Investarm™ Bridger Hawken Rifle DIY Kit - Percussion Ignition - IA2114K
$559.00

.54 Cal Investarm™ Bridger Hawken Rifle DIY Kit - Percussion Ignition - IA2114K


The earliest known record of a Hawken rifle dates back to 1823 when one was custom made for William Henry Ashley, a gun powder manufacturer turned fur trader, who used it in his expeditions up the Missouri river to the interior of the Western United States. These parties included Jim Bridger and many other explorers who would later become famous mountain men. For the next 20 years, Bridger repeatedly traversed the continental interior between the US and border and the southern boundary of present-day Colorado, and from the Missouri River westward, always with his hawken rifle by his side.

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SKU IA2114K

Description


Jim Bridger carried the Hawken rifle as he traversed the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of the western interior. In fact, a number of famous trappers and explorers owned Hawken rifles, including Auguste Lacome, Hugh Glass, Kit Carson, Joseph Meek, Jedediah Smith and Theodore Roosevelt. The rifle was the pinnacle of the modern percussion firearms development of the mid-nineteenth century. Originally designed and built by such famous makers as Hawken, Gemmer & Demick, the Hawken Rifle represents durable design in a big bore caliber with plenty of knockdown power. No other factory assembled rifle offers the authentic style and design of Investarm's Bridger Hawken Rifle.

The Hawken rifle was originally produced by brothers Jacob and Samuel Hawken, in their St. Louis, Missouri shop founded in 1815. The earliest known record of a Hawken rifle dates back to 1823 when one was custom made for William Henry Ashley, a gun powder manufacturer turned fur trader, who used it in his expeditions up the Missouri River to the interior of the Western United States. These parties included Jim Bridger and many other explorers who would later become famous mountain men. For the next 20 years, Bridger repeatedly traversed the continental interior between the US and border and the southern boundary of present-day Colorado, and from the Missouri River westward, always with his Hawken rifle by his side.

This Bridger Hawken Rifle Kit offers high-quality features such as a 28" barrel with 1 in 48" twist rate for patched ball hunting loads, double set triggers and Hawken style percussion "snail" with clean out screw. The rifle includes a separate ramrod entry thimble and nose cap, and reliable coil spring lock with correct lock plate. The Investarm™ Bridger Hawken Rifle is available in .45 to .54 caliber and flintlock or percussion configurations. The Investarm Bridger Hawken Rifle is an attractive, traditional muzzleloader that is rugged, well built and meant to last a lifetime.

Specifications

Caliber
.54 CALIBER
Barrel
28" STEEL BARREL
Barrel Twist Rate
1:48"
Stock
OIL FINISHED EUROPEAN HARDWOOD STOCK
Barrel Width
15/16"
Adjustable Trigger
DOUBLE-SET STYLE TRIGGER
Custom Wooden Ramrod
INCLUDED
Sights
ADJUSTABLE REAR SIGHT
Overall Length
46" LENGTH
Total Weight
8.6 LBS
Detailed Instructions INCLUDED
Ignition
HAWKEN-STYLE PERCUSSION W/ COIL SPRING LOCK
Limited Warranty
INVESTARM™ LIMITED WARRANTY

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Don M.
Good rifle for the price, but there's room for improvement.

I'm not disgusted or amazed by the quality of this kit. I didn't think it was going to be an immaculate rifle to begin with, I just needed a beater Hawken for hunting, and this rifle fits that role quite well. I would rate it an 8/10.

The quality of the lock is good, it's a big step up from traditions. The mechanics of the lock are also more historically accurate than traditions turns out.

The brass furniture on the gun looks better than traditions or similar brands, but it is slightly rougher and requires a bit more time with a file.

The sights are a big step up from traditions and similar brands. They're metal and they're quite sturdy. They aren't historically accurate, but I'll give them some Brownie points for their utility.

The barrel is on par with traditions, and the gun shoots accurately.

The ramrod is league's better than traditions or similar brands. It's straight as an arrow and it isn't made of beech. The brass piece's on the ramrod look quite pleasing.

One thing that didn't impress me was the inletting and other stuff on the stock when I opened it up. Traditions might be better in this regard. The tang inlet was cut slightly wider than the tang, and it looks a bit weird. There's random high spots in front of and behind the lock you will have to sand for a long time. All other areas of the stock required more work than traditions or similar brands. They give you a lot of wood to work with I guess, and it isn't beech which is a big plus.