Firearm Repair and Conservation

Services I am able to repair or conserve most muzzle loading firearms, and I only work on muzzle loading firearms. Please don’t contact me about anything made after 1898 or that uses commercially available ammunition. I am not licensed to do such work and am not interested in it. For valuable antiques, I will confine … Continue reading Firearm Repair and Conservation

How Much Does a Longrifle, Shot Pouch, or Powder Horn Cost?

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?

Gun #17 – 1770-1775 Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle

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

Silver Mounted Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Pistol

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

Gun #11 – Iron Mounted Virginia Longrifle with Silver Wire

This is a fantasy longrifle based on iron mounted rifles found in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee in the early 1800s. Without the wire inlay, this rifle would be very close to the Joseph Bogle Jr. rifle made in East Tennessee. That rifle actually had more in common with the rifles of the southern Valley … Continue reading Gun #11 – Iron Mounted Virginia Longrifle with Silver Wire

Gun #10 – Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle

This is a 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge County, Virginia longrifle based on the two rifles documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Arms Making Technology, Volume II (JHAT II). The patchbox and its engraving is an original design extrapolated from the boxes on the guns documented in JHAT II as well as those by John … Continue reading Gun #10 – Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle

Gun #5 – Iron Mounted Southwest Virginia Longrifle

This is a fully iron mounted Virginia longrifle of the late flint period that I made in 2004 as my personal offhand target rifle.   It 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 … Continue reading Gun #5 – Iron Mounted Southwest Virginia Longrifle

John Davidson Style Longrifle

This longrifle is to be based on the best examples of John Davidson’s work and to include extensive carving and engraving.   The carving will be a refinement, to my taste, of the carving on the best known original Davidson rifle. The same for the engraving. I will post my sketches here as I develop them. … Continue reading John Davidson Style Longrifle