Forge Welded Guards

While many people produce hand forged iron mounts, and I have been doing that for many years; not many people forge weld trigger guards. All the original trigger guards I have studied were forge welded, but most contemporary builders braze guards. I did that also. I would forge braze my guards as I do my butt pieces; but that was never quite good enough for me. After a good bit of extra work, I am now forge welding my iron guards. I have even figured out how to forge weld those three piece East Tennessee guards.

A forge welded guard.  Both the grip rail spur and the grip rail/bow connection were forge welded.
A forge welded guard. Both the grip rail spur and the grip rail/bow connection were forge welded.

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An all forge welded East Tennessee guard blank.  It is welded at the grip rail/rear extension and grip rail/bow.
An all forge welded East Tennessee guard blank. It is welded at the grip rail/rear extension and grip rail/bow.
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2 thoughts on “Forge Welded Guards”

  1. I’m looking for a Southern/Tennessee forged butt plate and trigger guard for my next project. The butt plate needs to be at least 4 1/2″ tall. Is this something you can provide?
    Thanks for your time.
    Richard Raffl

  2. I can make a butt piece for you at least 4.5” high. Actually, I try to make all my butt pieces around 5” high. My patterns and templates are designed to produce a 5” high butt piece. Most end up a little long as I flatten out the toe end. Even after cutting them off at the forge, I usually end up trimming .5-.75” off when setting the finial toe line.

    I have templates for an 1800 Southwest VA style set, and an 1820-30 Eastern TN style set. I can point the grip rail spur forward or backward on the VA guard. I am forge welding all my joints these days. My price for a set (butt piece and guard) of hand forged mount blanks is $399 plus $15 shipping. For that you get mounts that are bent to the proper angles and roughly filed to shape. There will still be forge scale to remove and lots of finish filing to do. It takes me about 10 hours of filing to finish a set of mounts from the rough forged blanks.

    I, typically, use mild steel for the butt pieces since they are to be brazed. I use wrought iron, when I have it, for the guards because it is more forgiving to forge weld. I have to use my wrought iron sparingly, since good wrought iron is hard to acquire. You can send me wrought iron to use, if you like. I don’t actually charge for any materials since it is generally an insignificant part of the cost even when I have to pay for it. My entire charge is for labor. There is so much variation in the time required to make a part, all charges are an average of the production time, anyway. That generally works in the customer’s favor.

    I will work the small jobs like this into my gun builds. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. If you want me to make you some mounts, just let me know by e-mail and send me a check for the work plus the shipping. I will put you on the schedule when I get your check.

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