As my ancestors during that war were Pennsylvania riflemen and
gunmakers (Newhard, Kuntz and Moll), one of my classes is on the
evolution of the long rifle from the original German Jaeger.
Not owning a Jaeger, after a long search I purchased this
percussion conversion in an internet auction as an inexpensive,
rusted-out relic to pass around in class. Imagine my surprise to
find this gem arrive in much better condition than I thought, so
in addition to conservation efforts necessary for the piece to
survive another 200 years, Iíve gone a step further to put it
back into firing condition.
Iíll detail all those steps, but
first a before and after preview: