This longrifle is to be based on the best examples of John Davidson’s work and to include extensive carving and engraving. The carving will be a refinement, to my taste, of the carving on the best known original Davidson rifle. The same for the engraving. I will post my sketches here as I develop them. This longrifle is to go with the Early Augusta/Rockbridge rifle that is to be my personal hunting rifle, if I can afford to keep it. That way I would have an example of a rifle from the master and the apprentice, both of which I admire. The plan is to have a longrifle from each generation of builder from the Augusta/Rockbridge area. Rifle #12 is intended to represent the next generation after Davidson. That way, I will have a longrifle representative of 1780, 1790, and 1800 with the same stylistic roots from the Valley of Virginia.
The technical details:
|Stock:||Fairly curly, stump cut, quarter sawn, sugar maple|
|Lock:||Chambers Golden Age lock|
|Barrel:||44″, B45, “Dickert” profile by Rice|
|Mounts:||Brass butt piece and guard castings from Reeves Goehring. All other mounts made from sheet.|
|Trigger:||Davis early longrifle double set triggers modified to fit the guard.|
I am considering casting my own butt piece and trigger guard for this rifle in order to get better matching mounts. If I do, that will drive up the price of the gun considerably.