Custom Longrifles

Thank you for your interest in my work. I specialize in flintlock longrifles and have a particular fondness for iron mounted, southern, longrifles; particularly the guns made in the region from Rockbridge County Virginia southwest into East Tennessee. I am currently concentrating on fancier rifles from this area, but am willing to discuss most any … Continue reading Custom Longrifles

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

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

Personal 1775-1785 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

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

John Davidson Rifle

Shown here is a previously unpublished John Davidson longrifle. It was made for a farmer in Rockbridge county Virginia and is still in the family. While the rifle is the victim of a very poor restoration job many years ago, there is still considerable artistic merit to the gun. The longrifle is mostly intact. The … Continue reading John Davidson Rifle

What is an American Longrifle?

“From a flat bar of soft iron, hand forged into a gun barrel; laboriously bored and rifled with crude tools; fitted with a stock hewn from a maple tree in the neighboring forest; and supplied with a lock hammered to shape on the anvil; an unknown smith, in a shop long since silent, fashioned a … Continue reading What is an American Longrifle?

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

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

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