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

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

Early Virginia Shot Pouch & Powder Horn

Shown here is an outfit that I made for myself consisting of an early Virginia shot pouch and a Virginia banded, screw-tip powder horn. Most of the shot pouches made these days are relatively complicated affairs using designs from the early to middle 19th century. If you want a shot pouch that is proper for … Continue reading Early Virginia Shot Pouch & Powder Horn

Southern Heart Shaped Shot Pouches

The southern heart shaped shot pouches shown on this page were copied from pages 18-19 of Jim Webb’s Sketches of Hunting Pouches, Powder Horns, and Accoutrements of Southern Appalachia.I made the shot pouches exactly as shown, approximately 7.5″wide x 7.5″ high, using 3-4oz vegetable tanned cowhide and linen thread.This shot pouch design consists of a … Continue reading Southern Heart Shaped Shot Pouches

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

Virginia Applied Tip Powder Horns

Applied tip powder horns, as the name implies, have turned horn, antler, or bone tips that either screw onto or are pinned to the powder horn body.  These are professionally made horns that had turned butt plugs as well, and sometimes turned horn bands. Screw-tip powder horns were made as early as the French and Indian … Continue reading Virginia Applied Tip Powder Horns

Plain Southern Powder Horns

The vast majority of original powder horns were as plain as they could be and still be functional. That means a flat pine (or other softwood) base plug and little or no carving of the throat; just enough work to contain powder and attach a strap. Many times a screw was used to attach a … Continue reading Plain Southern Powder Horns

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