Preliminary sketch of patchbox.

Personal 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle

This was going to be a completely handmade rifle, but I have given in to realities of my health. I think a forge welded barrel is beyond me. So now, this is going to be made with a commercial lock and barrel. It still will be a highly carved and engraved rifle for my personal use; representative of the early Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia longrifle documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology (JHAT) Volume 2.  My interpretation will be a slightly later version of the gun documented in JHAT with a more evolved patchbox design and the side plate used by the original maker on the c1785 rifle described in Wallace Gusler’s JHAT 2 article. The architecture and carving will be of the same style as the original with some minor variations for personal taste.  I have updated the look of the unusual early patchbox, implementing it as a 4 piece box with a finial that I imagine might represent a few years of evolution.   I will maintain the unusual latch mechanism as it is a very solid design.  The engraving on the patchbox will be much more elaborate than the original.

The technical details:

Stock: Stump cut, quarter-sawn curly sugar maple
Lock: Chambers Early Ketland flintlock
Barrel: 44″, C54, “Dickert” profile by Rice
Mounts: Brass butt piece (#10) and guard (VA Rifle) castings from Reeves Goehring. All other mounts made from sheet.
Trigger: Davis early longrifle double set triggers modified to fit the guard.

I have already cut out the stock blank ready to inlet the barrel and cut the ramrod groove.  I have made many of the sheet brass mounts.

Preliminary sketch of patchbox.
Preliminary sketch of patchbox.
Preliminary sketch of cheek side carving.
Preliminary sketch of cheek side carving.
Moulding termination details.
Moulding termination details.
Tang carving and moulding details.
Tang carving and moulding details.
Details of forearm moulding.
Details of forearm moulding.
Sketches of thimbles and other details.
Sketches of thimbles and other details.
Sketch of new sideplate for this rifle.
Sketch of new sideplate for this rifle.
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