I am Mark Elliott and I have many interests, but for the past 40 years or so, I have been recreating flintlock longrifles and their associated shot pouches and powder horns. This site is dedicated to those interests as well as fraktur and photography. On this page you will find my best longrifles, shot pouches and powders horns with links to more details. Please feel to explore the rest of my site in order to learn more about me and my work.
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While I have built many types of flintlock longrifles, I have a particular interest in iron mounted longrifles. As a whole, there were very few longrifles that were iron mounted. The iron mounted rifle 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 one shown here represents an amalgamation of Rockbridge County, Virginia features in iron that never would have existed together. This is my personal chunk gun (a heavy target rifle shot prone over a “chunk” or rest) and I took considerable artistic license with traditional motifs of the region. Still, I think it represents some of my best work to date.
I don’t just do iron mounted guns, or even southern guns. I was recently awarded the Best of Class ribbon at the Dixon’s Gunmakers Fair in the Master-Traditional class for the following rifle in the style of an early Jacob Dickert. Jacob Dickert was a Lancaster, PA gunsmith in the mid to late 18th century.
Shot Pouches & Powder Horns
Not only do I enjoy building traditional muzzle loading firearms, but I also like to make the shot pouches and powder horns that go with them. 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. Below is my latest early Virginia style shot pouch with a appropriate early Virginia style horn based on one from Jay Hopkins new book.
The shot pouch and powder horn combination shown below would be appropriate to carry with any of my iron mounted longrifles. The heart shaped shot pouch was very common in the southern Appalachians in the 19th century, and is actually my favorite going well with the chunk gun shown above.