One of the most important influences on the American longrifle was the German Jaeger. The architecture of these guns dominated the 16th and 17th Centuries and even well into the 18th Century. During the Mid-1700’s, however, Colonial gun builders began to make substantial changes to their own creations and made them uniquely American.
Gun makers lengthened the barrels by as much has double, pared down the clunky profile of the stock and accompanying furniture, begun using curly maple instead of walnut, and decreased bore sizes. By the beginning of the Golden Age of the American longrifle, guns being built then would bear little resemblance to their Germanic forefathers.
This walnut-stocked Jaeger, with its 38″ barrel in .54 caliber, makes a fine rifle to carry through the fall woods in search of deer.