Gun #5 – Iron Mounted Southwest Virginia Longrifle

Iron Mounted Southwest Virginia Longrifle Full Right

This is a fully iron mounted Virginia longrifle of the late flint period that I made in 2004 as my personal offhand target rifle.   It has features found on Virginia longrifles from Rockbridge County into Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, but is of a style mostly of my own creation.  It has a hand forged butt piece  and guard, and all the other mounts are hand made from steel sheet.  The barrel is browned.  The lock was polished and aged,  and all the other mounts were blackened and aged.  The 40 caliber, straight, Green Mountain barrel is 13/16″ across the flats and 42″ long.    A White Lightning liner is installed.  The lock is a Chambers Late Ketland.  The longrifle has Davis double set triggers.    The stock is a piece of moderately curly, quartersawn,  red maple.   The stock is entirely scraped and burnished and the rifle is generally finished in a workman like manner.  The stock is stained with aqua fortis and finished in oil.  I have fitted the hickory ramrod with a plain sheet steel ferrule on the breech end that accepts a hand turned wiper made for the rifle.

This longrifle was awarded a Blue ribbon for Craftsmanship in the Journeyman class at the 2005 Dixons GunMakers Fair.

The technical details:

Stock: Moderately curly, quartersawn,  Red Maple
Lock: Chambers Late Ketland
Barrel: Green Mountain 42″, 40 caliber, 13/16″ straight with Chambers White Lightning liner
Trigger: Davis double set triggers
Mounts: Hand forged steel and steel sheet

Iron Mounted S.W. VA Style Rifle Full LeftIron Mounted S.W. VA Style Rifle Half RightIron Mounted S.W. VA Style Rifle Half LeftIron Mounted S.W. VA Style Rifle Half TopIron Mounted S.W. VA Style Rifle Half Bottom


4 thoughts on “Gun #5 – Iron Mounted Southwest Virginia Longrifle”

  1. William,

    All you have to do is contact me as you have. I am currently working on a rifle that may interest you. Please take a look at Rifle #11 under Blog/Current Projects. If you don’t like that, I can make you anything you want. I will e-mail you will more details.


  2. Well Jed,

    Burnishing involves rubbing a surface (it could be wood, metal, or leather) with a harder and perfectly polished material. This compresses and polishes the surface of the material being burnished. You can purchase many types of hardened steel burnishers. These are mainly used to polish softer metals such as gold or silver. They can also be used to burnish wood. Many builders also use an antler to burnish gun stocks. Burnishing produces a very smooth and polished surface. To some extent, steel wool and Scotch Brite pads also burnish as well as scraping. I hope this answers your question.

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