When I tell people what I do, they invariably ask how much I would charge them to make them a longrifle, shot pouch or powder horn. Usually, they are disappointed once I tell them. The sad truth is that good custom work costs a lot and the craftsman still doesn’t make much money. I am … Continue reading How Much Does a Longrifle, Shot Pouch, or Powder Horn Cost?
This is going to be a carved and engraved longrifle for my brother based on the early Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia longrifle documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology (JHAT) Volume 2. This Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia longrifle, by an unknown maker, probably dates from 1770-1775. I am using a slightly earlier style lock and … Continue reading Gun #17 – 1770-1775 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 … Continue reading Personal 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle
I have wanted to do a fancy silver mounted pistol to match one of my personal rifles, and I would have more to work with using the Early Augusta/Rockbridge rifle as a template. The problem is that I have never seen a fancy rifled pistol that early in Virginia, not less a silver mounted one. … Continue reading Silver Mounted Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Pistol
All my work carries a lifetime warranty(my lifetime – which may or may not be that long) against defects in MY workmanship. Any such defects will be remedied by repairs or replacement at my discretion. Any other problems due to abuse, accident, lack of proper maintenance, or failure of parts/materials from third parties will be … Continue reading Lifetime Warranty (Please Read!)
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 … Continue reading Forge Welded Guards
In order to make my life easier and make sure there are no misunderstandings regarding charges and fees associated with commissioned work, I have set out the following standard terms. All items will be insured as available when shipped. Shipping for small items will be via USPS Priority Mail unless other arrangements are made. The … Continue reading Shipping & Deposit Policies (Please Read!)
Rifle Sight Background The traditional muzzleloading rifle has fixed, open, metal sights. This means that you have to select an initial height for both the rear and the front sights. Original longrifles had fairly low sights, at least the way we see them 200 years later. As a matter of standard practice, I set the … Continue reading Rifle Sight Height Calculator
First off, thank you for your interest in my work. I have a particular fondness for iron mounted southern rifles; particularly the guns made in the region from Rockbridge County Virginia southwest into East Tennessee. I am currently concentrating on building rifles of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee; but I welcome orders for any flintlock … Continue reading How do I order a custom firearm?
I just finished this shot pouch and powder horn for a Virginian headed south to the Texas fight for independence. It represents late flint pouch from the central Valley of Virginia, and is based on an example from Rockingham Co, VA as documented by Madison Grant in his book on hunting pouches. The horn is … Continue reading Late Flint Virginia Shot Pouch & Powder Horn