J. P. Beck has long been recognized as one of the premier Kentucky Rifle makers of the "Golden Age", and many consider him the father of the really great masters. His big early guns with high comb are among the most attractive of all rifles made in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of these fine artifacts. This is a ridden and worn Kentucky Rifle by J. P. Beck. I like this gun and so should anyone that appreciates a good Kentucky Rifle made by a master. This one is interesting in particular, as it shows not only use and wear but has a slight arch worn into the bottom of the fore-end indicative of saddle wear. The top of the comb is also heavily worn. You don't have to guess about its history because this one DOES talk. It was obviously carried by someone on horseback that traveled extensively and used the gun. It displays the early bold and graceful carvings of the master and has a very presentable engraved patch-box. It has a perfect signature on top of its barrel and a small hole behind the barrel tang where there was probably once a tang sight. It's bigger, thicker and fatter than the 4 Beck's I've owned previously, as well as another 8 or 10 that I've been able to handle. I believe the weight and thickness of the gun was probably a special request by the owner, whose initials "J.T." are engraved on the patch-box. I think the owner wanted an SUV instead of a sedan of a gun as he knew well the use and travel it was going to experience. The gun is well worn with a few slight cracks (some with glue repair) but only one small sliver of wood added (on the right side of the fore-end). The rest of the stock is complete and original. The barrel is full length and the lock is a re-conversion that is old, expertly done and almost imperceptible. It has a slight curve to its bottom, not quite banana shaped but early none-the-less.