Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA,half length, right side.

Featured Flintlock Longrifles, Shot Pouches & Powder Horns


Mark Elliott maker of longrifles at workI 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.

Gun #12 – An Iron Mounted Virginia Chunk Gun – $3399

Rifle #12, fantasy iron mounted Virginia longrifle after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA, Full length, right side

Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA,half length, right side

Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA, cheek

I don’t just do iron mounted guns. The following rifle is a 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia rifle based on a rifle well documented in the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology (JHAT) Volume II. This is the third version I have made of this style of rifle. I plan to build one more for myself.

Gun #17 – Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Rifle

Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Rifle - Right Full

Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Rifle - Right Half

Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Rifle - Cheek

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.

Early Virginia Shot Pouch & Powder Horn

Pouch #20 with Horn #20; another early VA style powder horn with at turned antler tip.
Pouch #20 with Horn #20 – Early VA style shot pouch with an early VA style powder horn with a turned antler tip and turned base plug.

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.

Southern Heart Shaped Pouches

Southern mountain shot pouch and powder horn
Bag #11 with Horn #7 – Heart shaped southern mountain shot pouch with a S.W. VA horn with carved rings and a turned base plug