Gun #14 – Left-handed, Iron Mounted, Southwest Virginia Longrifle

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, full length view, left side.


This is a fully iron mounted longrifle of the late flint period. Is is a left hand version of Gun #5, and 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 made of recycled wrought iron, and the guard was completely forge welded. All the other mounts are hand made from steel sheet. 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. The stock and metal parts have been lightly aged. 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.

The technical details:

Stock: Hand picked Dunlap #4 Soft (Red) Maple. Please note that a piece of wood like this would normally cost at least $500 these days. I got it for $80 because I drove 2 hours one way and spent an hour picking through an entire stack of wood
Lock: Significantly reworked L&R Durrs Egg flintlock
Barrel: Rice 42″, 45 caliber, Southern Classic with a Chambers White Lightning liner
Trigger: Modified Davis double set triggers
Mounts: Hand forged wrought iron and steel sheet

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, full length, right side.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, full length view, bottom.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, full length view, top.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, half length view, left side.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, half length view, right side.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, half length view, bottom.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, half length view, top..

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, signature.

Left handed, iron mounted southwest VA flintlock rifle, lock.


Shown here are the hand forged wrought iron mounts in progress. Hand Forged Mounts-104


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