Although firearms with flintlock mechanism has long been superseded by modern firearms, but flintlock weapons still enjoy continuing popularity with black powder shooting enthusiast and collectors alike. Over the times, we have seen the sale of some of the historic single-shot flintlock weapons like the pair of silver flintlock holster pistols, and the renowned American frontiersman and Indian fighter Kit Carson’s flintlock pistol. Now, an iconic Isaiah Jennings’ invented 12-Shot Repeating rifle engraved with serial number ‘No 1’, which is described to be one of the most unusual multi-shot flintlock ever to be manufactured in the United States is up for grabs. Offered by auctioneer Neal Auctions, this breech-loading beauty capable of firing twelve shots without reloading was a noted firearm manufactured back in 1821.
Descended in the New Orleans based Armant-Legendre-McCall-Baldwin Family, this particular Jennings 12 shot repeating rifle model engraved with serial number ‘No. 1’ on the top barrel flat, also incorporates many other innovative features. The frame is engraved with decorative foliate scrolls and a cornucopia and is finished by a simple walnut slab. The stock is made of brass and originally contained an oval walnut cheek rest.
Built with a skeleton-type detachable shoulder stock as well as a removable octagonal barrel measuring 21-inches, this multi-shot was used to be loaded with 12 superimposed bullets and alternating powder charges, each placed one on top on another down the bore, and was fitted with 12 touch-holes, each also being equipped with a swivel cover.