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

Care & Use of a Muzzleloading Firearm

This document is not intended to provide detailed instruction in the loading and shooting of a traditional muzzle loading weapon or substitute for personal shooting instruction by an experienced muzzle loading shooter.   It is assumed that the novice muzzle loading shooter will seek proper instruction before using their new custom firearm. Shooting Never use anything … Continue reading Care & Use of a Muzzleloading Firearm

Gun #8 – Carved Early Virginia Flintlock Longrifle

A Fantasy Virgina Longrifle I made this very unusual flintlock chunk gun in 2005 for a friend.  There was no such thing as an early Virginia chunk gun.  Chunk guns were a product of the mid and late 19th century.  However, my friend wanted a chunk gun in a Hershel House early Virginia style.  As … Continue reading Gun #8 – Carved Early Virginia Flintlock 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

So, You Want to Build Longrifles

So, you want to build longrifles. The most important thing you can do before you waste your time and money is STUDY. The following books and videos are highly recommended to form the foundation of your longrifle library: Rifles of Colonial America, Vols l & ll by George Shumway Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in … Continue reading So, You Want to Build Longrifles

Simon Lauck Buck & Ball Gun

Shown here is a an original signed Simon Lauck fowler.   The distinctive signature S_____ Lauck is shown in the last photo. I had originally believed that this gun was mostly a restoration.   However,  after a careful and detailed examination of the disassembled gun under expert guidance, I have come to believe that this gun is … Continue reading Simon Lauck Buck & Ball Gun

Iron Mounted Eastern Tennessee Rifle

This is an original, fully iron mounted rifle most likely made somewhere on the border of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee probably between 1820 and 1830..   The lines of the breech stock look Virginia while the mounts are typical East Tennessee.   The stock is a plain piece of Black Walnut in pretty good shape with … Continue reading Iron Mounted Eastern Tennessee Rifle