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Dale Lilly

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I have often wondered, not really being into long rifles, were many early [1790-1820] rifles made without check rests or were they pretty standard?
 

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Our rifles were the grand children of German rifles. They the children of Wheelock rifles that were placed on a s shaped stock and was not made to be shouldered.
These guns needed a cheek rest least they punish the shooter face. That cheek rest went on to German hunting rifles and then American guns.
Even french muskets were oft fitted with them.
Until rifles were massed produced it was rare for an American rifle not to have one.
We do see the change from German style to beaver tail in the nineteenth century.
 

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Our rifles were the grand children of German rifles. They the children of Wheelock rifles that were placed on a s shaped stock and was not made to be shouldered.
These guns needed a cheek rest least they punish the shooter face. That cheek rest went on to German hunting rifles and then American guns.
Even french muskets were oft fitted with them.
Until rifles were massed produced it was rare for an American rifle not to have one.
We do see the change from German style to beaver tail in the nineteenth century.
Thanks Tenngun. My education continues. :ThankYou:
 

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