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Beck Boys Rifle
Beck Boys Rifle
John Philip Beck was a well-known gunsmith of the Lebanon borough during the Revolution. His work is thought to be representative of the "Lebanon School" and existing samples of his rifles show thick stocks with cheek pieces that rise high above the surrounding stock and feature molded edges. High attractive combs and flat, broad buttplates are characteristic.

Beck's rifles featured both brass and wooden patchbox lids. They were often stocked with maple and the quality of wood ranged from good straight grain to an excellent curly stripe. Although this rifle maker used silver inlays sparingly, at least one of his rifles included a double-headed eagle engraved on a silver inlay into the cheek piece. It was a work of art. Beck was noted for his carving ability. His rifles usually featured detailed and flowing designs carved in high relief. His carvings in front of the cheek piece are somewhat standardized, but all of his wood work is excellent. Beck patch boxes were often of  a floral design and generally lightly, but carefully, engraved. Carvings were executed in front of the patchbox and the box was released by a stud in the buttplate on several of his rifles.

His ramrod pipes are shorter than those used by many other gunsmiths of the period, and the ends of the pipes are heavily molded. The muzzle caps of his rifles were fastened by three rivets placed in triangular form and two deep lines were often filed across the front part of the trigger guards of his guns.  These rifles also featured thick side plates with beveled edges.

Beck rifle is a happy marriage of metal to wood, a joy to shoot and an object of artistry and craftsmanship that should reflect the pride of maker and owner.

Beck Boys Rifle
 
Specifications:  
   Lock, Trigger & Tang Inletting Available
   Overall length 54"
   Pull length 15"
   Drop at heel 3 1/2"
   Barrel channel length 36"
   Barrel channel size  13/16" and 7/8"
   Ramrod hole size 3/8"
   Lock mortice area 6" x 1 1/4"
   Width at lock 1 7/16"
   Butt 4 7/16" x 1 1/2"

Beck Boys Rifle

 
 
Green Mountain Barrel 13/16 & 7/8 x 36" $155.00
Appropriate Lock Small Siler Flint $175.00
*Optional Lock *Small Siler Perc. *($110.00)
Appropriate double-set Trigger Davis #4 $51.00
Appropriate Breech Plug Fantail $10.00
Recommended Buttplate Brass $18.00
Recommended Triggerguard Brass $18.00
Recommended Thimbles Brass (3) $22.00
Recommended Nose Cap Brass $9.00
Lock Screws (2) $3.50
Tang Screws (1) $1.75
Rear Sight   $8.00
Front Sight   $6.00
Barrel Lugs (3) $6.00
Barrel Keys (or Pins) (3) Pins no charge
Escutcheons Brass (6) $6.00
Toe Plate Brass $5.00
Sideplate Brass $8.00
Touch Hole Liner   $2.50
Drum & Nipple   *($6.00)
Ramrod Jag & Tip Brass $4.00
Ramrod   $3.00
*Optional Patchbox   *($37.50)
Misc. Screws   $1.50
Stock Inletting & Drilling   $47.50
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  Parts Total: (not including *optional items) $558.75
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