I was given an old F. I. E. 45 caliber percussion rifle. The second picture is of that rifle as I acquired it. It has some issues. There is a slight crack in the stock. There are many dings and scratches in the stock and barrel. The was some rust around the nipple. The rear sight would not stay in place, so the previous owner put about a hundred layers of fingernail polish on both ends to hold it in place. The bore was surprisingly good. There was much dirt, dust and debris all over and inside the gun, especially the lock. The patchlock was nearly impossible to open. The previous owner told me he had the gun when he was about 15 years old (54 years ago), and it has been sitting in his closet since then. --- I am holding this exact gun in my profile picture. --- Anyway, since I already have 2 other 45 caliber rifles, I decided to not only restore this F. I. E. rifle, but to make it into a Canoe Gun. I have had the barrel cut down from 35" to 18". It was recrowned and the front sight was moved to the shortened barrel. The first picture is of the cut down gun, on the top rack of my gun rack. (FYI - the 2nd from the top gun is a T/C Hawken, 45 caliber rifle, the 3rd from the top is a Pedersoli, 45 caliber Kentucky carbine. The very bottom gun is a Larry Zornes, Rogers Rangers, 16-gauge smoothbore.) I just wanted something different. I am wondering what you guys might think of what I am doing?