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Traditions Performance Firearms Mountain Rifle (courtesy ammoland,com)

Press release: [via]: Traditions is excited to introduce into their line the Mountain Rifle as well as the Mountain Rifle Build-It-Yourself kits. Based off of a Jacob and Samuel Hawken design, the Mountain Rifle was the inseparable companion of fur trappers and American explorers alike.

Part of the “plains rifle” family, the Mountain Rifle could be found on the horsebacks of fur trappers looking for beaver and other pelts thanks to its long barrel which enabled this rifle to take targets at longer distances. American explorers also were partial to this rifle due to the longer barrel.

Traditions Mountain Rifle in .50 caliber is reminiscent of the gun used back in this time period of America. While the original had a rust brown finish on the barrel, Traditions has selected a Brown CeraKote Finish which replicates this finish while providing increased corrosion resistance.

These rifles feature a 32” octagonal barrel, Patch Box, custom scrolled trigger guard, 1:48” twist, double set trigger, wooden ramrod, hexagonal thimbles, 2 tennon design, adjustable rear sight, and more. It is available in Percussion or Flintlock.

Traditions is also introducing the Mountain Rifle in percussion or flintlock as a Build-It-Yourself kit. One of the best ways possible to get a real hands-on muzzleloading experience is to build it yourself!

While the barrel does not have the CeraKote finish and the stock is unfinished, this allows for customization to specific tastes. Traditions is currently shipping these products. Please check with your distributor/s or contact Traditions for more information.

Known for their accurate, innovative, and dependable firearms, Traditions has been providing quality  firearms for the past 30 years. Traditions offers blackpowder rifles and pistols, cartridge rifles and revolvers,  blank pistols, Build-It-Yourself rifle and pistol kits, and cannons as well as a full line of accessories and optics.

For more information on Traditions Performance Firearms, their website at,  find them on Facebook and Twitter, or call 860.388.4656.

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        • Me and Kits have a checkered past… little balsa planes that you wind the rubber band up on and toss, decent.

          Anything involving paint, screws, glue…. yikes. I WILL get the bad one, last R/C kit I did was a HPI D413 4wd buggy, awesome kit. went together great! then I discovered one of the front suspension turnbuckles was threaded the same direction on both ends. zero adjustment, instead of lengthening or shortening, in a $400 kit. And that is my least bad most recent story.

        • No glue. Sanding and fitting of lock work and barrel, triggers, etc., staining and stock finishing. The screw holes are pre-drilled, but there is some filing and fitting for the barrel tenons and sights. Very much a beginner’s kit. The hardest part is bluing the barrel, which is easy if you do a cold blue, but a bit more complicated if you go with a classic browning, which requires heating of the barrel to 275 degrees before applying the solution. Too hot and it boils off. Too cool and it doesn’t take. I’ve done it once, and it came out ok (a hot pad I was using to hold the “cool” end had just a bit of greasiness that caused the solution to not take), not perfect, but I sure learned a lot and will do an even better job next time. And I had so much fun, there will be a next time.

  1. It’s got the dangerous 2 trigger thingy. The small explosion thingy that drops above the trigger and the long wooden thingy that goes up and out under the barrel.

    This is much more deadly than the dreaded assault rifle cause it uses an explosive thingy to shoot it’s horribly large bullets out.

    Won’t someone think of the children and ban this death machine?

    • You’re already doing the review on that tasty Cabot that slipped through my fingers by not reading my email for 2 weeks.

      (Still kicking myself on my stupidity…)

    • Only if you get the kit and build it. By the way, these are just fast enough twist for conicals. The other kits are usually 1-in-60, for which only patched ball is appropriate. Also, the stocks are stained to look like walnut; they are in fact the ubiquitous “American (or Spanish) hardwood.” (From what I gather, these are sourced in Spain.)

  2. I suppose we should all learn how to do muzzleloading. Probably all that will be legal after Hillary’s two terms in office…

  3. Well, since “Musket” Morgan (and others) said “… shall not be infringed…” applies to, you know, muskets, we can all get one of these .50 cal bad.boys any time, any where we want. Wally-world. Convenience stores by the side of any road, any where. News stands on every city block. Withipn 10 feet of every school, govt building, hospital, police station, garage, barn, road house, dog house, and out house in America.

    “Shall not be infringed.” applies to weapons like in common use at the time, argued Musket” & co more than once. Ok. So no restrictions on reproduction arms. Next, I’d like to see a similar mass-produced feproduction of tbe Kentucky / Pennsylvania long rifle. And sold off the shelf at Starbucks. (They sell everything else there, any more…)

    Also, the .50 cal special restriction via the A T F is bogus. They liked them their .53 cal lead balls, back in the day. Really, that rule needs to be struck down. I’m sure “Musket” would agree.

    • Does Modern Sporting Rifle=American Musket=every American a Rifleman?

      I’m feeling more patriotic every day about my Colt M4. Haven’t tried it yet on squirrel for the homesteader’s pot, but I believe it sufficient to protect me from the Huron and Ottowa allied to the French attacking all up and down the frontier.

    • I’m with you, but Starbucks says to leave our guns at home. BUT, since black powder guns aren’t actually “firearms” according to the ATF it should be okay for a dozen of us to show up at Starbucks with our 54 caliber non-guns and show them we can party peacefully without assassinating anyone.

      I think maybe it’s time to get that Black Powder conversion barrel for my Mossberg 500 shotgun too. Even the Fascist State of California allows that (for now).

    • Frakking edits on frakking phone strain my brain.

      Thank you interwebz for tolerating my bobbles while I train up, post brain-injury.

    • They liked them a lot bigger than .53. The 1861 Springfield rifled musket was .57 cal, while its smooth bore compatriots were often in .69 cal. The Brown Bess was a .75 smooth bore, but fired a patched .69 ball. They made them smaller as well, down to .36 for sure, possibly some .31s out there too for small game.

  4. Long barrel? Pennsylvania and Kentucky rifles of the day were even longer. The Hawken/plains/mountain rifle this is styled after was basically the carbine version of those earlier Colonial designs, and in many cases converted from flintlock to caplock.

  5. Used to be quite a few Hawken rifle replicas were for sale. OK, but just another face in the crowd.

  6. That looks a lot like my T/C Hawken rifle, except it has two takedown pins instead of one. I really love mine. Such a fun gun to shoot. At the range people will be there with their ARs “pop-pop-pop-pop-pop x a million,” and me, I’m plodding along: measure … pour … load … half-cock … cap … full-cock … set trigger … BOOM … swab … repeat every couple minutes. It’s very meditative.

    You really have to get your technique right, because correcting your aim on a followup shot just isn’t a thing! 🙂

    • I was at Chabot gun club once when an old duffer came to the line with a match lock. Have no idea if he built it or bought it as is. He fired about one shot per 5 minutes.

      And every time he touched one off the range came to a stop.

  7. If you can find one for sale, try to buy a “Johnathon Browning Mountain Rifle” – made by Browning in the USA back in the 1980s. Authentic Hawken looks, browned lock and barrel, German silver furniture, and quite accurate. They came in .50 and .54, and I should have bought a half-dozen or so at $275 – back in the dark ages.

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