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J W Bean rifle
« on: July 08, 2020, 07:30:08 PM »
Sharing some photos of a nice Bean.











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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2020, 09:30:47 PM »
Wow, that is nice.  Wood looks very good especially.   
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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2020, 10:55:11 PM »
 :o :o :o... Wow,... I'm impressed,... !!!... give us some specs and info,.. !!!!

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2020, 02:29:53 AM »
That's a dandy!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2020, 06:12:28 AM »
Nice? How long is that barrel?
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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2020, 05:32:53 PM »
Barrel 44" long, 45 cal, overall length 59 1/2"
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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2020, 03:29:36 PM »
 ??? ???... haven't seen any new info on this fine rifle,... I believe I had read somewhere about some of the later BEAN family of gunsmiths moving to the Illinois country,... could J.W. be one of them,...?

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2020, 09:09:40 PM »
 She sure looks sleek with that back action lock, and that long patch box.

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2020, 09:52:52 PM »
This is one pretty rifle. Looks like it would be a joy to shoot. The inlays add a nice touch and suggest that this gun cost more than the usual. Great signature on the barrel. too. Thanks for posting the photos. Much appreciated!
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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2020, 04:49:36 PM »
 8) 8).. Just had to look this one up again,... I have only seen one other known Tennessee rifle with a back-action lock,... more info, please,... is the trigger-guard overlaid with brass or silver,..?,... post some close-up  pix of the barrel tang, the guard, butt-plate, entry pipe and toe-plate please... I find this gun very interesting and thank you for sharing with us,... regards,... CCF,...

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2020, 06:03:46 PM »
Hey CCF, many years ago I had the privilege of examining a poor boy style rifle from Mississippi, that had a back action lock. The owner was an African American, and said his great grandfather built the gun. It was stocked in what appeared to be walnut, was iron fitted, and had a rounded bottom on the cheek rest. I have never seen another triggerguard like the hand forged one on that gun. The front return, and the rear return, were bent 90 degrees at the trigger loop. and fit into slots punched in the flat bottom of the triggerguard. The end of the bottom of the bow (which was actually square) had a finger rest on the rear that curled downward, and a loop on the forward end that curled upward, that may have been to accommodate a sling. It was an outstanding piece of blacksmithing.

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2020, 07:16:58 PM »
 8) 8)... HH,... sure would be good to see that rifle and learn more about that gunsmith,... !!! ... Dave Byrd has photos of one that sounds kind of what you describe in his second book,... these rifles never cease to amaze me,.....!!! ... check out his pix and see what you think,... CCF,.... 

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2020, 08:59:31 PM »
CCF, at this age rememberiní takes time. A couple of other features on that rifle that were a little different was the barrel was extremely rough on the bottom, like it hadnít seen a file at all. And, the nose cap was missing, but from the remains of a channel on the broken forearm, it appeared to have had a poured nose cap. The washer under the lock screw was shaped like a human eye, with the iris being the screw head. The old guy who owned it said his great grandfather was a farrier by trade, and made the iron furniture out of old horse shoes.

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2020, 12:58:03 AM »
CCF  Somewhere there is a rifle by Alfred Duncan with a back action lock. Is that the one you have seen ? When I saw that rifle I thought the cheek piece side of the butt was the finest design I had seen  on a Tenn  rifle,,  LP

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2020, 04:20:50 AM »
Now that is a right purty piece!!  Bob

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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2020, 12:25:21 PM »
Was it Russell Bean that went up to Galena Illinois and Wisconsin?'
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Re: J W Bean rifle
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2020, 06:30:50 PM »
That was Joseph Russell Bean, youngest son of Russell Bean, that settled in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, in  1830. He moved to Bad Axe, Wisconsin, in 1856. He did not work in Galena, Illinois. He was
at what is now Apple River, but was then known as Bean's Mound.

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« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2020, 09:31:15 AM »
Thanks Curt.
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