Presented here are some rifles, shot pouches, and powder horns of which I am particularly proud. I specialize in recreating southern, particularly Virginia, longrifles; and all the firearms currently featured here are representative of styles and motifs found in Virginia from about 1770 to 1830. Click on the photo or link for detailed information about the object and how you can order one like it.
Iron Mounted Rifles
There are a lot of iron mounted firearms represented on this page. That is because I have a particular interest in iron mounted guns. As a whole, there were very few American longrifles that were iron mounted. The iron mounted longrifle is a particular product of the southern Appalachians, generally running from about Rockbridge County, Virginia down the Allegheny mountains into the Great Smoky mountains of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. You will also find a few in Georgia and Alabama. The ones shown here represent a predominately Virginia style found from Rockbridge County down into Southwest Virginia. Rifles #5 and #14 are fairly traditional. Rifle #12 represents considerable artistic license with traditional motifs of the region.
Brass Mounted Virginia Rifles
Most longrifles were brass mounted as the one shown below. However, Rifle #10 is, as are the iron mounted guns, representative of a small number of original American muzzleloading firearms being that it is highly carved and engraved. However, at this time in my career, I get little pleasure from creating plain guns. It is the carving, engraving and other decorative arts that I enjoy the most and with which I can find the most creative expression.
Shot Pouch & Powder Horn Outfits
I am somewhat unusual in that I like to both build firearms and make the shot pouches and powder horns, that go with them. As I have no desire to compete with full time pouch or horn makers, I confine myself to relatively simple, historically correct, shot pouches and powder horns that would have been carried with the more traditional firearms that I create. Even though my creations are relatively simple, I have been nationally recognized for the quality and historical correctness of my work with Pouch #10 and Horn #6 being published twice in national magazines.
A Pre-Revolutionary War Outfit
This shot pouch and powder horn outfit would have been very much as home being carried with Rifle #10.
An Outfit for Your Southern Iron Mounted RifleSouthern Heart Shaped Shot Pouches
This shot pouch and powder horn combination would be appropriate to carry with any of my Southwestern Virginia rifles, or most any southern iron mounted longrifle for that matter. The heart shaped shot pouch was very common in the southern Appalachians. Actually, as this was a later pouch and horn design, a re-enactor could properly carry this design with Rifle #10 or just about any muzzleloading rifle likely to be founds in the southern Appalachians.
An Outfit for a 19th Century Traveler
This shot pouch and powder horn combination was created for a re-enactor client who was heading down to the Texas war for independence with a early Jacob Dickert rifle. In that case the shot pouch is of a design possible 60 years newer than the rifle, but a number of very old rifles ended up in Texas as those heading to what was then the frontier preferred to carry a flintlock for fear they could not get percussion caps easily. The powder horn is of a design generally associated with the 19th century, but one powder horn of this design has been dated to 1774. Therefore, my Virginia, single banded, screw-tip horn can actually be used with rifles made from 1774 to well into the 19th century.