Heavy Percussion Target Rifle by Koppikus, Sacramento California.

A very rare Adolph Koppikus percussion target rifle in .44 caliber, featured in Shelton’s California Gunsmiths. The rifle has an exceptionally heavy barrel, tang peep sight, double-set triggers, patch box, carved cheek rest with a silver escutcheon plate set into it, fancy iron mounts, and weighs in at 15 pounds! The lock has “KOPPIKUS SACRAMENTO” stamped on the front part of the plate, and according to Mr. Shelton’s book, probably has the name on the underside of the barrel. Koppikus was born in Prussia, emigrating to the United States and becoming a citizen in 1841. He arrived in Sacramento in 1849, and in 1868 became the official State Armorer. He died in 1882. Size: 47 inches long overall, with a 31 inch barrel. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S $85 plus a 1.5% replacement cost insurance fee. Discounts given on combined lot shipping..

Provenance:Lawrence Shelton Collection


Condition: Overall, very good condition. The stock and forend show a few repaired cracks, those on the butt being fairly minor, but one on the forend extending from the forend cap to the trigger guard. The action is crisp and excellent, and the metal is clean, with minor pitting by the bolster.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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