C.S. Arms, Inc.

Cliff Sophia, Proprietor

9150 John S. Mosby Hwy. (Rt. 50)

Upperville, VA  20185

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Open 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday

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Item No.: 8568 Price : SOLD
Description :
Here is a percussion, double barrel rifle made by Charles Slotterbek of Lakeport, California. Slotterbek was a former gunsmith for Henry Deringer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He moved west and established his own shop in Lakeport in 1872. He was a very accomplished gunsmith and gunmaker, building arms of the highest quality. This is a well made, half stock, double barreled rifle of about .40 caliber. The gun is all iron mounted. The majority of the metal has turned a mostly smooth brown. There are a few patches where the finish has roughened. The breeches and locks were probably color case hardened and that finish has faded to a brown speckled pewter patina. The gun has double triggers. If you cock both hammers and pull the front trigger, both hammers fall. You can fire them individually by cocking one, firing it and then cocking the other. If you cock both hammers and set the rear trigger, the front trigger will fire the right barrel on the first pull and the left with a second pull. The bores are very good. There is some light corrosion, but they are mostly shiny with sharp rifling along their lengths. The stock is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. The wood is very dark with age, but there is a very nice piece of wood under the grime of 150 years. There are a few small dings and scratches. The gun has no sights. The front dovetails (there are 2) are both filled. The rear sight must have screwed into a hole in the barrel tang and is missing. The rifle is marked on the left barrel with "C. SLOTTERBEK" over "LAKEPORT". This is an interesting arm from the early days of California. With a little care and minor restoration it should make a great shooter. Stock no. 22642



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  Box 602
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