Hawken rifle

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Thompson Center reproduction Hawken Plains Rifle - .50 caliber
Hawken Rifle - .30 caliber
Hawken Rifle - .50 caliber

The Hawken rifle was a brand of black powder long rifle used on the prairies and in the Rocky Mountains of the United States during the frontier days of the Mountain Man. It has become synonymous with the "plains rifle", the "buffalo gun", and the "fur trapper's gun". Born in the 1820s, it was eventually displaced by breechloaders (such as the Sharps rifle) and lever-action rifles which flourished after the Civil War. During the 1970s a boom in popularity of muzzle-loader hunting resulted in many reproduction Hawken rifles, many of which were greatly simplified from the originals.


  • Weight: Approximately 10-15 pounds
  • Caliber: Round shot, averaged .54 caliber
  • Action: Flintlock and percussion cap (after about 1835)
  • Rate of Fire: User-dependent
  • Muzzle velocity: Variable
  • Effective range: 200 yards
  • Feed system: Muzzle loaded
  • Sights: Open blade sight

The Hawken rifle has been seen in the following:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford Jeremiah Johnson 1972
Quigley Down Under Laura San Giacomo Cora 1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Walker's men Flintlock 1993
Watchmen displayed in The Comedian's apartment 2009
True Grit the mountain man 2010
12 Years a Slave Benedict Cumberbatch William Ford 2013
The Homesman 2014


Title Actor Character Note Date
In Search for Captain Grant (V poiskakh kapitana Granta) Lembit Ulfsak Jacques Paganel 1986
Mail Call Civil War cavalry re-enactor
Wild Boys 2011
Revolution Allan Graf Caleb "Pilot" (S1E01) 2012

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