Waiting for a real predator. Strong, handy and fast.
The Hawken is a symbol of the period that saw the passage from the long and heavy small caliber Pennsylvania rifles to more practical and powerful Plains rifles, and the definite abandoning of the flintlock for the far more modern percussion system. The strong barrel and the larger calibre, enabled hits on any target with surprising accuracy. This rifle soon became the inseparable friend of the Mountains men, and the most famous explorers of the American continent.