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29 November 2014
Finally, the Peerless Faeton™
For some time now I have made reference to a new project
which, when completed, I would share with you loyal readers. Well, the time has
arrived for the unveiling of my new creation which has taken well over a year
to complete when you include the services of the barrel maker, engraver and the
So, without further ado, may I present for your consideration my Peerless Faeton™.
Through the years of building Zephyrs and now, the Faeton,
I’ve wanted to make an English pattern underhammer that emulates the
architecture and sensibilities of the fine English sporting rifles of the late
percussion period. Many feel that those English sporting guns represent the
epitome of gun design and are truly functional art. The Peerless Faeton is the
result of my effort to honor those designs of old in an underhammer format.
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The Peerless Faeton™ is a takedown design which means it also has
multi-barrel capability and is available as a high-velocity round ball rifle in
.577 calibre with Genuine Forsyth Rifling™, and in .450 calibre with Genuine
Alex Henry Rifling™. You may recall that Alexander Henry presented his patented
rifling around 1870 and his target rifles beat the pants off the previous
champion, the Whitworth rifle, with its hexagonal bore and 6-sided bullet.
I have chosen to resurrect the true Henry rifling, that is,
with 7 lands and grooves, for those wishing to hunt with cylindrical bullets.
Genuine Alex Henry Rifling™ will also shoot patched round balls with reduced
charges for plinking or hunting of small game.
Only high-grade English walnut will be used for crafting the
Peerless and the forearm is tastefully tipped with ebony. The receiver, triggerguard,
patchbox, and buttplate are embellished with restrained engraving and are casehardened. Also available is a fine
English-fitted oak case which is available in single barrel or two-barrel
The photos will provide answers to most other questions,
however, if you have interest and more questions regarding options, pricing and
lead time, please feel free to contact me at: Underhammers@RadicalConcepts.info
Since the original posting, a customer requested a variation on the Peerless Faeton theme to include a full wood pistol grip with steel grip cap and checkering. Here, then, are a few pics of the results, with which I am most pleased.
I would like to say that the English-style checkering was the challenge as most of the checkering people I contacted were not willing/able to accomplish this pattern to our specs.
However, Bob Oates of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan rose to the challenge and delivered the service just as I requested. I can wholeheartedly recommend his work for quality, price, and reasonable delivery time. I am glad to have found him and he is now the official checkering artisan for all of my Faeton rifles!
You can email Bob at: email@example.com.
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Hi. I've been a student, admirer, and designer/builder of underhammer guns for over 30 years. In that span I've built over 200 semi-custom underhammers exploring the possibilities from the ordinary to the exotic. In 1996 I founded Pacific Rifle Company to explore the market's interest in a high-quality underhammer rifle. Thankfully, that interest was, and still is, there. I sold PRC in 2006 but continue to craft high-end underhammers as I am truly afflicted with underhammeritis - which can be contagious!