Video: Fisherman Pulled up This Sweet Old Flintlock Rifle

   08.11.15

Video: Fisherman Pulled up This Sweet Old Flintlock Rifle

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin resident Ray Groff had been fishing on Lake Winnebago. When he pulled up his anchor, he found that it had snagged something. He thought it was driftwood at first–until he spotted the lock mechanism and knew he’d found an antique flintlock rifle.

It’s rusty and crusty, and the stock is largely rotted away, but it’s undeniably cool. And it could very well have been lying there for two centuries.

The old rusty flintlock still has a flint in the cock.
The old rusty flintlock still has a flint in the cock.

Heck, the flint was even still clamped in the cock! Judging by the position of the frizzen and cock, which is the part that holds the flint and which functions much like the hammer on guns of more recent design, this rifle was very likely fired shortly before it was dropped.

I can’t help but wonder if its previous owner fired his final shot from this old smokepole shortly before meeting his demise.

Groff reportedly plans to display the rifle in his home.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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