Tom Dawson Percussion Half Stock Hawkens Style .45 Caliber Rifle.

A finely made Hawkens style half-stock percussion rifle made by Tom Dawson circa 1970. It is an exacting modern version of the famous Hawkens rifle of the mountain men and early pioneers. The rifle is .45 caliber with the deep rifling for which Mr. Dawson was known. The mounts are iron with the exception of the forend cap, which is pewter. The stock is somewhat plain, but has a carved cheek rest. The gun has double-set triggers. The barrel has a large buckhorn style rear sight, and a blade front sight. The single screw lock is case hardened, the barrel is browned, and the mounts appear to be silver plated. There are no visible markings. The gun has a wooden ramrod, and is accompanied by a fiberglass ramrod with brass tip. Size: 46 inches long overall, with a 30 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:Guy Gerhard Collection. The gun is accompanied by a clipping from the sales catalog from which the consignor purchased the rifle.


Condition: Overall excellent condition. The action is crisp and excellent. The finish is about excellent, although the silver plating on the mounts is tarnished, and worn on the stock keys. Several of the screw heads have been slightly marred. The bore is very good. The stock is excellent.

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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