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.