Early VA Rifle Templates & Layout Guide


This drawing has templates for my interpretation of the 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia longrifles documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology (JHAT), Volume II.


1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia Longrifle Templates & Layout Guide

This offering is my attempt to help the beginning gunmaker by making some of my layout tools available to them. As the title indicates, this drawing has templates for my interpretation of the 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia longrifles documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology (JHAT), Volume II.

Photo showing full length of right side of 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge VA Rifle.
Rifle #10 – 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle

Photo showing full length of left side of 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge VA Rifle.

This drawing contains my stock profile layout template for an Early Virginia longrifle along with my layout guidelines. The stock profile is basically the same as an early Lancaster, and I use this stock profile template for any colonial period longrifle. For a Pennsylvania longrifle, make the side walls of the lower forearm 1/8″ thick as the forearm side walls are slightly tapered on most Pennsylvania rifles. I have included notes for the gunmaker on the drawing describing the barrel pin placement for Virginia longrifles versus Pennsylvania rifles. Otherwise, basic stock layout and construction is the same.

Details of Early Virginia longrifle forearm moulding.
Details of Early Virginia longrifle forearm moulding
I have included templates for the gunmaker to cut out the brass blanks to make a patchbox with two finials roughly in the style of the rifles documented in the JHAT II article. Additionally, a full size cross section is included for the gunmaker to create the lid/finial former as well as a hinge former, the rear thimble mandrel, and the rear thimble tang former with the notes required to make these items. There are templates for the brass blanks to make the thimbles and two sizes of nose pieces with details about the required mandrels as well as plans for the rear thimble mandrel and tang former. Some cross sectional profiles are included to help the beginning gunmaker. I have also included the details for the scratchstock to shape the upper forearm. The scratchstock blade template recreates the moulding unique to the unknown maker of the antique rifle. That moulding is also used by John Davidson which is why many believe he was an apprentice to the unknown master gunmaker.

Gunmaker Instructions for Using the Templates & Layout Guide

All the templates and plans are actual size in the purchased product. You just need to glue the paper templates to stiff cardboard such as poster board or mat board, and cut out the templates with an Xacto knife. You should cut along the outside edge of the lines. I would suggest that you print or order two copies of the plans; one to use for templates and the other for continued reference.

gunmaker tools (templates & layout guide) for early 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia longrifle

The image above shows the drawing that you will receive. You can download a larger, but still reduced size sample to examine before you buy the full size drawing. The downloadable drawing is scaled to print a 10″ x 30″ document. The full size drawing is approximately 24″ x 75″. You can download the sample plan here; Download Sample This is an .pdf and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it and the purchased product; Adobe Acrobat Reader Download

1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia longrifle
Rifle #10 – Early Virginia Longrifle
I want to make it clear that this offering is NOT intended to be a full set of plans, notes, and instructions necessary to build a complete rifle. It is merely an offering of some of the gunmaker tools necessary to produce a similar rifle. If you like the work I did with my Rifle #10, this will just help you layout a similar rifle from a stock blank and make a similar patchbox, side plate, thimbles, one piece nose piece, and upper forearm moulding. Someone who is building their first rifle from a blank, may find my approach to layout informative.

Purchase Information

At this time, I am only offering this product as a download. You will receive an a link to the full size .pdf file that you can then download, view, and print. You should be able to get the drawing printed locally for about $10 a sheet on standard bond. I get mine printed at the local FedEx Office. I send them the file electronically via their web site and then pickup the prints when they are ready.

With the purchase, you get a license to make as many copies (digital or physical) for your personal use as your like. It is one license per person. You can’t share the file or prints with anyone else. If you have a friend who wants a copy, please send them to this site to purchase their own license.

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