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This page comprises a listing of the traditional rifles and smoothbores that Doc makes for his own entertainment and eventually for sale. He does it while waiting for the phone to ring when he's on call. Some are pretty plain, some are fancy, most will have been fired at least enough to proof them, make sure the gun functions properly and the sights are reasonably close. Many times this is done at a match. Doc rarely takes the same gun to a match, prefers a new one every time, it makes the ordeal more challenging. Some of the guns are new, some antiques, some will have been used quite a lot, some are trade-ins, inevitably some will be beaters, but all will be identified and thoroughly described. All are guaranteed to please or money back. (We don't pay S&H either direction, even if you return it) All are ON SALE at any time, whether as a rough kit, assembled in the white, carved, engraved , decorated, or beat to pieces. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the price. POR Feel free to make an offer. Dickering can be fun.
Doc's custom guns are often shown on the Track of the Wolf webpage, amongst the many fabulous offerings that TOW displays. Their photos are truly fabulous, with hard to see detail plainly shown. GoTo trackofthewolf.com, click on guns, then the catagory of gun you want to see, ie- flintlock, then scroll down the pages to find one of Doc's offerings. There are usually 1 or 2 there.
EXAMPLE- Doc built Jaeger, 54 caliber Colerain barrel with round bottom rifling, barrel is 31 inches, swamped, making the rifle very fast with superb balance. Stock is BEAUTIFUL dense cherry, early Germanic flintlock, Traditional DST, carved wooden patch box cover with latch, brass furniture throughout, incised and bas relief carved in the transitional Baroque/Rococco style, the lion on the butt behind the cheek-peice bas-relieved and the rest of the scrolling on both sides incised carved. The engraving matches the provenance of the carving with the lion motif carried through.
THIS IS WHAT THE BUYER WROTE ABOUT IT:
" I admire this rifle tremendously. I've admired your work for quite a while! It is beyond my comprehension how anyone can inlet the ramrod pipes, trigger guard, carve the stock and engrave the brass work such as you have on this rifle. That is to say nothing of the engraving on and your signature on the barrel. You have my sincere appreciation for the quality of your work. It's obvious this is a labor of love. Again, I certainly admire your work. You will be long and well remembered among comtemporary rifle builders.
260- Original French dueler, 50 caliber, second of a set of two, (don't know where the first one is) quite accurate with 20 grains ffg and .490 ball, single set trigger fires set or unset, , beautiful swirl Damascus twist barrel in excellent shape. I have won matches with this one----------------POR
#539 Jaeger flintlock 69 caliber 'masterwork' by DOC. In the Germanic tradition, every journeyman had to produce a masterwork in order to graduate into the top ranks of gunmakers. I started work on this rifle in 1972, and it has turned to be more of a 'try gun' than a 'masterwork'. I have used it to try many new (to me) techniques, including wire inlay, ivory carving and inlay, poetry (verse on the top flat of the barrel), flintlocks from scratch, sliding wooden patchboxes, chiseled and scenic engraving, complex bas-relief carving, etc., and I'm probably not done yet.
The flintlock is one I made. It's the size of an English trade lock but with Germanic features. After building that one, I decided I would buy them from a specialist. I also made the DST and decided the same thing. I still occasionally make a flintlock, but only when I can't buy the model or style that I want.
The large silver inlay on the cheek-piece is heavily engraved, showing a cupid in the tree to the left, a naked woman lying under the tree and an amorous cross-bow wielding gentleman kneeling over her. Both the brass trigger guard and butt-plate are heavily engraved. The inlay in the butt-stock is carved ivory, as are the inlays at the wrist. All that carving is in bas-relief.
The side pieces opposite the flintlock are ivory, the real stuff from an elephant, carved to match the bas relief carving in the wood.
The inlays shown here are ivory too, carved to match the wood. The rifle weighs in at 11 lbs. , but holds pretty well. It needs the weight, a shot with a 69 cal ball and 180 grains FFg will set you back a step. The recoil is solid, to say the least.
#579- Very fancy Jaeger rifle by DOC, the brass furniture is from an elegant one by Paul Poser, 31 inch swamped 58 caliber barrel by Colerain, Elegant chisled flintlock, handmade by DOC, elegant AAAA European walnut, DST, chisled brass furniture including brass insert in the patchbox lid, elegant carving and engraving. This is a beauty!! POR OBO
The rifle is incise carved from one end to the other, in the Baroque-Georgian-Rococco style popular in the 1750's in Europe.
The flintlock is an elegant thing, just look at the hunting scene on the lockplate. It's smaller than you would expect, only 5 1/2 inches long and one inch wide..
Jaeger's have a reputation of being thick, heavy and clumsy, but this rifle is the antithesis of that statement. It is probably the most functionally elegant flintlock rifle that I've ever built. Not only is it beautiful, but it handles like a dream: quick to the shoulder, the eye right on the sights, the flintlock drips sparks and the touch-hole is properly sunsetted for fastest ignition. I haven't shot it, but it should shoot every bit as good as it looks and holds.
The ramrod pipes are beautifully designed and executed. I just love that gargoyle on the rear pipe. I think he is sticking out his tongue at the tax man.
The side-lock casting shows a bit of French influence. The French were the leaders in arms design at this time. Their work was greatly admired and widely copied.
The brass castings are exquisitely done, the best quality that I've ever dealt with. Their design is elegant, more than matching the carving and engraving. If you look close, you'll see the French influence here , too. I have yet to polish and blue the bolts and screws.
The barrel is heavily engraved up past the rear sight and around the front sight, in the same elegant Baroque-Georgian- Roccoco mix as the castings.
The incised carving goes all the way up the forestock.
The stock is oil finished. European walnut is known for the elegant black streaking and consistent grain formation. It is very strong yet elegant. The barrel is heavily engraved at the breech up past the rear sight and at the muzzle with roccoco scrolling and my signature- quite elegant. The barrel is browned. The lock is antique rust blued. Rubbing successive coats of oil into the lovely stock has produced a lovely sheen. I wish the photos were better, they don't do the gun justice. Make me an offer I can't resist.
#595- Doc-built side by side 20 bore double flintlock smoothbore rifle, barrels tapered octagon to round, low rifle sights, side by side flintlocks, double trigger, rear trigger actuates left lock, front trigger does the right lock, lock panels tapered to the rear with inset locks for excellent grip conformation, double keys surrounded by silver ovals, barrels regulated for stout loads with patched round ball, can shoot shot loads as well. POR
#611- J S Pauley traditional inline pistol by DOC. Pauley invented the in-line percussion action just 4 years after Forsyth invented the percussion system. This gun is based on the White inline action in 50 cal with a swamped barrel in 1-24 twist rifling for patched round ball or bullet. Brass furniture, Doc designed side lock safety mounted where the frizzen used to be, second safety on the hammer handle itself (rotates up into a lock notch, false hammer cocks the inline hammer. AAAA maple full-stock. Front sight is a blade, rear sight is screw adjustable for elevation. Marked Pauley-London' on lock plate. Uses a #11 cap. POR
There are three English style ferrules for the ramrod, the trigger guard is also very English. The barrel is 8 inches long, swamped in 504 caliber with 1-20 twist, just right for patched round ball in a pistol.
The balance in the extended hand is pretty good, probably due to the swamped barrel. The trigger pull is light and quite soft and is adjustable. The rear sight is low and adjustable, the front blade is soldered on, as original. White .504 cal barrels have proven to be very accurate with 20-30 gr FFFg and a 490-495 ball with .010-.015 patch. You will also be able to shoot White slip fit .503 bullets, the 400 grain being preferable with up to 80 gr. powder, or the White PowerStar 300 0r 435 grain saboted bullet with same load. It will kick hard but be very effective on whitetail deer. I once killed a 154 B&C whitetail with that load in a pistol of my design.
The brass sideplate is engraved with a rampant dragon.
#613- French Dragoon pistol, a very traditional military 20 bore smoothbore personal sidearm, issued by the French, perfect for a Revolutionary persona. Photos will follow as it finishes. POR
#617- Wender rollover flintlock rifle, 3/4 inch octagon barrels, 36 rifled and 45 smoothbore. Classy 4A maple stock, 2 pieces of coarse
This should be a great small game gun, from squirrels to turkey.
#655- 45/70 Double Rifle rebarreled by DOC, originally started life as a high quality German 20 gauge double shotgun. It has the best of actions, with double lug underbite and fits up as tight as my banker. It's in the process of regulation, using black powder equivalent loads, ribs are not yet in place. It's been a fun project. Watch for more pics as it gets done. TENTATIVELY SOLD
Some double rifles are easy to regulate, especially the really large caliber ones, but some are really tough. This turned out to be one of the latter. I'll bet that I've soldered and re-soldered the barrels at least a dozen times trying to get the barrels regulated. At the last try, they were shooting 1.5" too wide and on inch too far up and down at 25 yards. That means groups 6 inches wide and 4 inches vertically at 100 yards. Not good enough. I will mill off another .0100" from the muzzle shim and raise the lower barrel muzzle by .0070. Maybe then it will come close. I want a 4-5 inch group at 100. Each barrel by itself is accurate, but getting them to shoot into the same group has been a decidedly difficult task. That's why doubles cost so much.
Well, finally got the small groups I wanted. Now to re-finish the checkering and wood, brown the barrels and repair the buttplate.
#661- 8 bore percussion double smooth rifle, that's 83 caliber, in a beautiful, close-grained, very solid walnut stock, meant to shoot a 2 oz. ball at truly big stuff. Barrels are 24 inches long, side by side, will be regulated to hit at 25 yards, weight will come out at about 12+ lbs. Should be a grand back up gun for the 8 Bore rifle above. I even bought a Led-Sled just so I could regulate this one. TENTATIVELY SOLD
#664- Over-under percussion rifle in .451 X .451 caliber, shallow groove, fast twist for White elongated slip fit bullets, regulated to strike center at 100 yards, figured walnut with grain selected to run through the wriswt, original back action locks, double triggers, all iron furniture, including cap box, 2 ramrods, upper barrel rib, double triggers, scroll trigger guard. Very British in style. Sir Joseph Whitworth would have been proud of it. POR.
#665- Flintlock drilling with side by side 20 gauge shot barrel on the right, 50 caliber round ball rifle barrel on the left and 36 caliber round ball rifle barrel underneath. Yes the flintlock for the under barrel will be upside down, which works surprisingly well.. All iron furniture. All three barrels regulated to center at 50 yards.
#666- Classic lightweight side by side double flintlock fowler in 20 gauge. The walnut looks pretty ugly here but is pretty underneath all that grime and stain. Manton flintlocks, double triggers, single fore-end key, less than 7 lbs. Iron furniture with a touch of silver.
#667- Dutch Officers Fusil in 16 gauge (67 caliber) with unique chisled brass furniture, very nice walnut with slight underbelly and forearm swell, chisled flintlock, octagon-round barrel by Colerain 40 inches long, sling swivels. Barrel and lock are inletted in the photo below, the stock will slim up a bunch as final shaping takes place. Watch for photos as it finishes.
The brass furniture is absolutely elegant, there is a charming grotesque on the buttplate, the other furniture continues the theme. The pierced sideplate and thumbpiece are going to be really fun to inlet.
The stock has been slimmed to final configuration, the barrel is pinned to the stock and the trigger guard partially inletted. The black tape is there only to hold the trigger on for the photo.
This lock is as beautiful as they get. It has an internal bridle but lacks one on the frizzen. A large shouldered screw assures good fit and function for the frizzen. This military arm is a copy of one made just before the Revolutionary War. It will be the perfect longarm for an American patriot of Dutch descent going up against the British. No shooting 'til you can see the white's of their eyes!!
#668- Classic 12 x 12 flintlock double fowler, 28 inch barrels, Egg flintlocks tapered to the rear for a narrow wrist, double triggers, blued steel and brass furniture, cherry stock. TENTATIVELY SOLD
#669- Dutch 8 bore doglock fowler with 50 inch long barrel by Rayl, early Dutch doglock, brass furniture, Dutch influenced relief carving, the perfect piece for a re-enactor from Hoboken POR
The gun started life as a walnut plank,, shown above sawn to rough shape with barrel sitting lightly, ready for inletting. First I had to make the lock. It's a big one, 7 inches long, but authentic to shape and function. These big lock can be marvelous sparkers. Since it was usually shot from a rest, the long fall of the flint meant only reliable fire, which along with 2+ oz. of 'swan shot' meant dinner on the table.
The Dutch imported lots of arms in early America, many of surprisingly high quality for the time. This early lock is very well designed. Despite the lack of internal or external bridles, it should be an excellent sparker and provide centuries of service. It helps that it's made of modern steels. Note that the frizzen spring has a very early, wheel-lock-like appearance.
Now the lock, tang and barrel are inletted and the trigger and trigger guard are in place. The buttplate is 2 inches wide and 6 inches high for comfortable shooting. Three screws hold the lock in place. The side-plate is an early serpent or dragon design. There are four pipes for the wooden 7/16th ramrod. When you go hunting or to Rendevous, be sure to take a sturdy young man to carry the gun and hold your forked gun-rest (not supplied).
#672- Wheelock by Zelner, made in the 16th century in Austria, I have had the lock for 35 years, I had intended to stock a rifle using it, but I doubt that I have the skill to justify the effort. It's probably worth more by itself than it is in a restocked rifle. It really belongs in a museum. I guess it's for sale, but be prepared to reach deep into your pocket. POR
This original lock is by Caspar Zelner, one of a family who made guns in Austria in the 1500's. The lock dates from probably the late part of that century. He was a well known maker. It has stimulated me to build several wheel-locks. I finally found a lock kit that resembles it. See project #715 at the bottom of the page.
#673- 10 bore double side by side fowler, 32 inch barrels, beautiful piece of walnut, later goose neck flintlocks with panels nicely tapering to the rear, double triggers, all steel furniture finished antique blue or brown. POR
#674- 10 bore double side by side fowler, longer barrels at 38 inches, walnut nicely configures with elegant sweep through the wrist, late double throat flintlocks with panels tapering to the rear for a slimmer wrist, double stock keys, iron scroll trigger guard, wide iron buttplate, double fore-end keys. POR
#675- Doc made Pauley double side by side rifle 504 caliber for heavy White slip fit bullets, AAA walnut with great grain structure and strength, stainless steel barrels and actions, coil mainsprings, copies Pauley's 1812 patent for the very first inline rifle, uses #11 or musket caps (for dangerous game), double triggers, all iron mounts and furniture, double safety with one incorporated in the separate cocking handles and another controlling both barrels (locks the sear) with thumb control adjustable for either left or right side. Pauley's hammers are false and are used to cock the in-line hammer. The triggers are Doc's invention, only improving on Pauley's concept. POR
This rifle is meant for big loads with big bullets for use on big, dangerous game. 150 grains 777 or Pyrodex P plus a 600 (+) grain bullet recommended. There are double recoil lugs to hold that recoil, plus hooked breeches for easy access and cleaning.
#676- Flintlock double fowler in 16 gauge with original nitro proofed barrels with full and modified chokes. Stock is lightweight cherry with good grain structure. Furniture brass with a bit of French influence. Double triggers actuate the Egg locks. Lock panels are tapered to the rear for a small grip. POR
#688- Here is a slim Lancaster style rifle by Melchoir Fordney. AAAA Maple stock, all traditional hardware and flintlock. Barrel is a lightweight Colerain 13/16" octagon X 40 caliber. Fordney was the master of incised carving. We will attempt to duplicate his expertise. SOLD
There are a few details still missing, like the fire blue on the screws, and the engraving. Those will all appear shortly.
I am so charmed by the rifle that I might use it as my shooter for 2013. But then again, a good offer might just take it off my hands. Come tempt me.
MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW AS THE RIFLE FINISHES UP.
#697 Doc built English Sporting rifle for elongated Whitworth/White .451 bullet, the 'smallbore' of the late percussion long range shooting days, shooting up to a 520 grain high BC lubricated slip-fit bullet. It has a 1-18 twist with shallow .035 rifling. Also a super-strong Manton style breech with Henry lock and drip bar. There is a simulated leather covered recoil pad, (a late feature), an iron trigger guard, single trigger, long range sights (in this case a Malcolm type 3X scope), round knob pistol grip, Alex HENRY fore-end treatment (much like the fore-end on a Ruger SS#1) and iron under-rib and ferrules plus German silver key roundels and side plate. The rifle is very conservative but functionally elegant. It should be a hummer at 1000 yards. POR OBO
This rifle is VERY accurate MOA so far with loads duplicating the 45-70
I have a whitetail hunt coming in Kansas this fall. It will be very tempting to take this rifle as ranges can be quite long there. I would use a 435 grain White style slip-fit bullet with a deep hollow point, in the style of Gould, who famously wrote for Field and Stream way back in the late 1800's. tHE ADVANTAGE OF THE DEEP HOLLOW POINT IN A LONG, HEAVY BULLET IS THAT THE HOLLOW POINT PROVIDES FAST EXPANSION AND TERRIFIC SHOCK EFFECT WHILE THE HEAVY BASE PLOWS ON THROUGH THE ANIMAL, SORT OF EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE TO WHAT THE SHORT , FAT, SHALLOW HOLLOW POINT BULLETS SO POPULAR NOW ARE CAPABLE OF.
#699- DOC-built J Christensen English Sporting-Target Mid-Range Rifle in .368 caliber for 300 grain elongated high BC lubricated slip-fit bullet. Has a Wind River gain twist barrel, Manton style English breech with short tang. Mid-range barrel mounted rear ladder open and front windage adjustable Globe sight are shown with ladder down. A classic Henry percussion lock with drip bar is installed, as is a single set trigger and an iron cap box. Fore-end tip is contrasting ebony. There is a Prince Henry pistol grip . Key roundels and side-plate are German silver. The walnut is plain but with good grain structure. SOLD
The fore-end piece is traditional ebony. The front sight is an adjustable-for-windage globe: a screw moves the sight left or right. The rear sight is the classic mid-range sight, can be used with the graduated incline, or erected upright for longer range shooting.
This is the same caliber and bullet used by the WhiteRifles team when they blasted the competition at the 2009 National Manufacturer's Championship, setting a new and never beaten record. It scared everyone so bad that the match was discontinued. This should likewise make a wonderful rifle for mid-range competition as well as an excellent hunting rifle for whitetail sized game, as it betters the performance of the much respected 38-55.
#700 Here's a start on a very early all iron mounted Brown Bess musket, ca: 1720. Tower marked lock, wooden ramrod, no forend cap, very nice chunk of solid grained walnut, entirely traditional. POR
The barrel is 77 caliber as usual but a full 44 inches long, fitted for bayonet.
#709 This Jaeger rifle has a correct but plainer European walnut stock with extensive carving, early flintlock converted to a percussion with a swiveling nipple guard in place of the frizzen, and a 31" swamped Colerain barrel in 54 caliber. Furniture is brass, rococco engraved and chisled, (not yet accomplished) there is a single leaf rear sight, DST and sliding wooden patchbox. As usual with my Jaegers, there is lots of stock and barrel decoration. Pull is 14" . There are sling swivels and an iron ramrod with a brass tip.
The carving on the cheekpeice side is very Germanic with detail often seen on the Continent. The sliding patchbox is locked by a spring loaded latch on the buttplate. Pull up on the latch and back on the patchbox to open it.
There is a fancy thumbpeice on top of the wrist, poorly seen here, held by a screw from underneath. The ramrod ferrules are octagon and trumpet shaped, there is a rear button sling swivel and a front sling band. The band's screw also holds the barrel to the stock. The muzzle cap is screwed to the barrel, German style.
The lock sports a spring loaded nipple guard in place of the frizzen, shown with the guard down on the nipple left and open on the right
The DST is fitted and is functional, trigger is quite light and works both set and unset. Butt-plate and trigger guard engraving not done yet.
This started out as a plain-Jane rifle but I could not leave it alone, kind of like a woman: sweet talk, pretties and lots of loving care and they get beautiful.
The Jaeger turned out fancy and I hope elegant. I shot it at couple of rendezvous this summer. It is now up for sale. SHOOTS JUST FINE BY THE WAY. POR OBO
#710 FRENCH FOWLER- here is a French Fowler with 38 inch Colerain tapered octagon-round barrel in 20 gauge. The furniture is chisled high relief mixed browned/blued iron and mixed German silver and brass. The walnut is plain but has good grain structure. The lock has a nice banana shape, typical of earlier French design, the lock is antique hot blued. The sideplate is a pierced brass early hunting scene. The French were leading in arms design when this style of fusil came about. Everyone copied them. Mixed iron, brass and silver decoration was often seen. POR OBO It has already killed 4 Texas and Kansas toms.
The screws are fire blued now, the sheen is back on the German silver furniture- I had dulled it up some so the sheen didn't blind the turkeys.
LEFT-Here is one of the Toms I took in Texas last week, Apr 2013, 32 yard shot, stone dead when he hit the ground. RIGHT- the two I got same morning in KANSAS, longest shot was 38 yards.
This gun is meant for turkey, (see ABOVE RIGHT) so sports my super tight choke and got good and dirtied so the shine doesn't scare the turkeys. It can be fired with patched ball as well, using a .620 bore diameter choke tube. Experience has shown me that the choke tube does not bother the accuracy at all. If you want, you can get a rifled choke tube to enhance accuracy. They work quite well, cutting groups in half. The thumb-piece at the wrist is a pewter French Flour-de-leis.
The iron parts other than the barrel have been polished then antique hot blued. This includes the trigger and plate and lock. The butt-plate and trigger guard are German Silver. The barrel is browned so as not to scare the turkeys. Originals were sometimes left bright. The detail on the Butt Plate, Trigger Guard, Sideplate and pipes is fascinating. This is the type of less expensive gun traded on the Eastern American Frontier by the French in the pre- French and Indian War days. It is nicely detailed, very functional, light and handy with an excellent barrel. Experience shows that they are quick to re-load and reasonably accurate if you take the time to patch the ball. And, they shoot shot as well, very much an all-around gun. It's no wonder they traded so well and were so useful. Doc's super-turkey choke is available if you want.
#715 The birth of an Austrian Wheel-lock with fancy (and expensive) chunk of European walnut, Colerain swamped octagon barrel in 54 caliber 38 inches long, elegant chisled brass furniture, elegant yet functional Germanic style wheel-lock, double-leaf rear sight. SOLD
The wood is now cut to shape with the bandsaw, the barrel and tang inletted and the stock shaped and rough sanded. You can visualize the final conformation of the stock with the furniture illustrated with it. Getting just the right amount of carving and engraving is a problem. Not enough is just that, not enough. Too much makes it too garish, over-decorated, superfluous, like the fins on a '57 Cadillac. Getting it just right takes a lot of finesse and good judgement. Inspiration helps.
The lock comes from a kit by The Rifle Shoppe. I waited over two years to get the kit, but it was worth the wait. Wheel-locks are complicated pieces of machinery, finicky and fussy to adjust. Getting the timing just right is the great problem. The pull of the trigger drops the primary sear, which opens the secondary sear, which allows the wheel to spin, a knuckle on the the axle of the wheel knocks the pan cover off the pan, the hammer with pyrites drops into the pan and hits the wheel, sparks fly and the powder ignites.
The brass furniture above and below is quite elegant. The castings are taken from an original. It's going to be a beautiful rifle, if I can keep the artistic juices flowing. I have to work on rifles of this quality only when the mood is just right. If I try to push it, I make mistakes. Timing is everything, which is why I never guarantee time of delivery.
The photos below will give you an idea of the carving coming along on the rifle.
Engraving on the barrel below, shown bright . It will soon be browned to match the barrel.
#719- US Cadet musket, issued to military cadets at West Point and the Virginia Military Institute in the 1840's, looks like a lightweight 1835 Flintlock musket but with shorter pull, shorter barrel and lighter barrel in 58 rather than 69 caliber. The stock will need cutting down to the smaller size of course. It will make a perfect trainer gun for a young man or woman. The pull will be 13 1/4 inches to fit a smaller person. POR
#725- The birth of a very elegant Jaeger with elegant European walnut stock, lots of carving to match the elegant chisled furniture. Caliber is 58. Watch for more photos as it comes along. I only work on guns like this one when an artistic fit hits me. I can't push the artwork or I screw it up. Bear with me.
The furniture is deeply chisled with baroque scenes, the elegant lock has an internal frizzen. The walnut is real European that cost more than most rifles. The barrel is a 31" Colerain with round bottom groove rifling. I haven't yet decided on carving, but it will be extensive as will engraving. I hope to make it a very elagant example of the art.
#726- Griffin English Gentleman's Rifle in 62 caliber. all antique rust blued iron furniture, steel ramrod, Twigg lock, Colerain octagon-round rifled barrel 44 inches long, AAAA walnut, SST, only a bit of understated carving and checkering. The tigered walnut is absolutely undescribable.
The blank shown above has been carved into rough form. Too bad my lousy photographic skills don't match the elegance of the wood. Watch for more photos as the project developes.
#727- Here you see the birth of a HUDSON VALLEY FOWLER with 12 gauge 44" barrel by Colerain, typically with Dutch furniture and carved decoration except for an English Trade lock.
The maple is AAAA, tigered from one end to the other on both sides.
#728- Here comes a Kings German Legion Rifle, used by George's personal regiment of mounted troops, known to be extremely professional and effective in the Napoleonic conflicts. This short rifle has a 62 caliber, swamped octagon 28.5" barrel mounted in a Long Land style fullstock, which means it looks a lot like a short Brown Bess with a Baker style flintlock and brass tipped iron ramrod. There was no bayonet or sling swivel. The rifle was carried in a boot. The walnut is elegant, as were many of the originals, the King personally picking up the bill for accutrements.
#729- Here is a nascent Club Butt Bess, actually a Brown Bess musket, restocked by a hometown smith in the Old Northeast with strong Dutch influence, as if the original musket somehow lost its original stock and the parts assembled by a Dutch influenced smith to create an elegant sporting fowler, often also used as a militia musket. The barrel is of course Bess's nominal 77 caliber, 44" long with Bess details at the breech, the lock is an early 1828 'Dublin Castle', the brass furniture is early , matching the lock. Such guns were made for both sporting and militia use, as most gun owners did both in the early days. A plug bayonet comes with it.
#730- You are seeing the birth of a Fergusson Fullstock Sporting Rifle. This will end up a copy of the elegant fullstock Fergusson gentleman's rifle that was in the Keith Neal collection, originally made by Egg. It's 58 caliber, meant to throw a .600 caliber ball. The conformation of the stock will be typical 1770's English with lightly engraved iron furniture and understated carving and checkering at the wrist
#731- Here's an unusual project, something I have been wanting to make for a long time: a HAWKEN style WENDER rollover percussion rifle-shotgun. Rifle barrel is 62 caliber and shotgun barrel is 12 gauge smoothbore. Gorgeous wood, late Bridger Hawken buttplate , scroll trigger guard, fancier Hawken toeplate and patchbox, and, (I hope) a DST. Back action percussion lock but Hawken patent breeches, two ramrods- one for rifle, the other for shotgun. This is what I imagine Sam might have made on custom order for an adventuresome client.
Both barrels will be rifle sighted. You will be able to use the 12 gauge for single ball, too. The 12 gauge will have interchangable chokes. It should be a great hunting combination.
AAAA maple, great wood!!
#732- The bare beginnings of a Dimmick, St. Louis, half-stock 58 caliber plains rifle, iron mounted with JBR buttplate, English drip bar lock butted up against a Manton style long tang English percussion breech, long bar adjustable rear sight, two silver surrounded keys, English forend cap, long bar DST in an iron Dimmick hooked trigger guard: all in all, a better, stronger, more functional rifle than a Hawken.
#735- In the beginning!- barrel and stock for a 10 Bore flintlock rifle. Octagon to round barrel by Rayl, 77 caliber with slow twist and deep rifling for high velocity patched round ball. Perfect for Tiger in India with the Raz. The walnut is right elegant. Note the curve through the grip, grown especially for a hard kicking gun like this one. Watch for more photos as this elegant rifle developes.
It will sport all iron fittings, with broad buttplate to soak up recoil, scrolled trigger guard, single trigger, English flintlock by Chambers, Manton style Patent Breech with hooked tang, double leaf rear sight.
#736- The bare beginnings of a long anticipated project. I found this barrel in a Shanandoah Valley antique shop in 1961, during my second year of medical school in WashingtoN DC(1961). It has served as a door stop until I finally had it re-lined . Sometime in the 70's I found the English Sea Service lock pictured, in ratty condition, at an Eastern Rendevous. Both have been sitting around , waiting to get put back into a functioning rifle for nigh 40 years. Looks like it's finally going to happen. Naturally, it will be a Virginia rifle, iron mounted, dark if not black. Watch for photos as it builds.
The barrel is hand forged, octagon, swamped, originally about 54 caliber and restored with a liner to the same caliber. It needs pipes, sideplate and sights plus stock.
Left: the original front sight is very low, just a sliver. This is what they meant when they speak of 'fine' sights. Left Middle: the rear sight slot, not very deep at all, the blade broken off long ago. Right Middle: the barrel breech. Note the size of the touch-hole. It's obviously rusted out but even counting the rust, it was originally much larger than anything we WOULD USE at present. Right: barrel lug in a filed slot, a fairly sophisticated treatment for such a crude barrel. QUESTION: Should I leave it rusty and pitted or clean it up? How about half and half with purposefully rusty/pitted/antique finish on all iron parts (except lock internals) to match?
Left: the Sea Service lock, used on an English marine pistol. These used to be fairly common at gunshows and rendezvous. I have owned several and all were real sparkers. Right: you can see the dimples in the barrel iron where the smith pounded the flats into the barrel. Perhaps barrel smiths found it easier to make a barrel octagon rather than round back in the days when modern engine lathes and milling machines were not available.
Shown above is the plank of AAAA maple that will eventually be fitted to the parts illustrated. You can get a hint of the gorgeous curl all the way from heel to toe.
AND THIS IS WHAT THE BLANK LOOKS LIKE AFTER IT HAS BEEN CARVED TO ROUGH SHAPE. WATCH FOR MORE PHOTOS AS THE PROJECT DEVELOPS
#737- The birth pangs of a Griffith steel mounted 12 bore fowler, Colerain octagon-round 44 " barrel, nice walnut with a bit of figure in the buttstock, steel furniture from the Rifle Shoppe, all exceptionally beautiful castings, steel ramrod. The built in tang will be modified into a hooked breech eventually.
There will eventually be a 62 caliber rifle (SEE # 726 ABOVE) just like this fowler, making a Rifle-Fowler pair looking and handling very much alike.
#742- Here comes a reproduction of a famous rifle dating back to the French and Indian War. Barrel is by Rayl, 1 3/16th inches at the britch, swamped down to an inch then muzzle swells to 1 1/8th inches and 44 inches long in 62 caliber with progressive 1-90 down to 1-48 twist, deep grooves for patched round ball. The stock is AAAA maple, none better, with palm swell, cheek piece and wood patch box cover. Furniture is all brass with mixed provnance, English fowler buttplate, Dutch influenced trigger guard and side plate, French ferrules and a really elegant French flintlock. It's long and heavy, made for use off a rest, probably used for fortification defense- ie for long range sniping over the walls of your frontier fort when the Shawnee run rampant. POR OBO
The sights fore and aft are high on purpose to avoid heat waves, three ferrules hold the ramrod, and a small amount of incised and raised decoration. It would make a great over-the-log rifle
French influenced pipes and a stand of arms on the buttplate return. You can se the patch box latch on the buttplate. Lift and pull and the cover slides off.
THIS GREAT RIFLE IS AT TRACK OF THE WOLF. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON THEIR WEBSITE trackofthewolf.com. BUY IT FROM THEM.
Dutch influenced trigger guard and the most elegant French flintlock there is. Not the most decorative, but the most functionally elegant. Very tasteful. Shown plain ABOVE , now antique blued RIGHT.
All screws are fire blued. All the brass furniture is hand polished to avoid the glossy modern sheen seen on non-traditional arms.
A photo of the original can be found in 'Provincals" along with lots of elegant early stuff.
#746- Here we celebrate the birth of a FullStock Hawken in 54 caliber. Douglas barrel (never before used), percussion, AAA maple, all iron furniture. SOLD
There is another just like it in the works.
#748 We are illustrating the conception of a Christian Springs 62 caliber flintlock rifle with a Wolfe's Head side opening patchbox.
I know you can't see the figure but it is AAAA tiger striping. It will be brass mounted, stained with aqua fortis (which means dark) with DST, traditional sights and a bit of carving.
# 749- You are witnessing the birth of a classic John Noll flintlock copy. He was a Master, to say the least. His carving as elegant as it gets, every rifle known a masterpiece.
The maple is AAAA, too bad you can't yet see the figure. Watch for photos as it finishes up.
#750- Presenting the evolution of a late Manton Cavalry Carbine, the last one produced by the British before moving to the percussion system. All parts are cast from originals. The Lock, sidelock plate and lock screws are all original. Barrel is 62 caliber, rifled, by Colerain, 20 inches long, with a hook breech and steel swivel ramrod, along with a saddle bar and lanyard. The walnut is a bit better than ordinary military. the stock style is a modified Long Land Pattern, just a whole lot shorter. Watch for photos as this gun develops.
Now the stock is cut to the square. You can see it's going to be a short little thing. Should be great in a treestand for whitetail. the originals were smoothbore, but this one is rifled. Pull will end up at 14 inches, trigger is single of course, weight should be around 6.5-7 lbs. The horse to carry it and you about 1000.
#762- French Fowlers, brass mounted, there will be two, one single and one double (the double is already spoken for)
Showing a close up of the butt plate and trigger guard. Wood and barrels for the double illustrated. Once all the parts are accumulated, each gun will be illustrated separately.
A closer close up of the butt plate, trigger guard and external parts of the lock kit for the single barrel fowler(below). The single fowler will have a 38" 20 gauge octagon to round tapered barrel. The double will sport side by side locks with lock panels tapered to the rear and double triggers.
#764 HERE ARE THE BEGINNINGS OF A FERGUSSON ROTATING BREECH PISTOL
The crude drawing shows roughly what the pistol will look like eventually. The barrel brech and action/trigger guard are military rifle sized: they will get trimmed down a good deal in order to slim the pistol up. The lock is Queene Anne sized: it will match nicely with some period engraving added. t will end up with the dimensions of a 1770 Heavy Horse Pistol. They were large calibered pistols, usually carried in a saddle holster, big enuff to take down your opponents horse then club the rider to insensibility with the brass butt of the now empty pistol. Watch for more photos as it developes. SPOKEN FOR
#766 You are in on the conception of a Jim Bridger Hawken rifle in 62 caliber with AAA maple stock, tapered 36 inch long barrel by Colerain, all the classic Hawken features. SOLD
This one is headed for Alaska and an Alaskan moose hunt. Watch for more pics as it finishes up.
#769- Here's a Jim Bridger Hawken aborning. AAA maple stock, Green Mountain 58 caliber barrel 1 1/8th inches octagon X 32 inches long, All iron accutrements except the key roundels, all the classic Hawken features. Watch for more pics as it finishes.
Bridger buttplate, Long percussion lock, scroll trigger guard, hooked patent britch double bolted to long bar trigger plate with DST. iron thimbles and fore-end peice (the last GRRW made fore-end I have left), Hawken open rear and silver bladed-brass based front sights, 7/16" ramrod drilled and tapped for cleaning attachments.
# 775 Here is a copy of a D. Becker English Sporting rifle, classic in every way, .500 caliber fast 1-24" twist shallow .035" grooves for long slip fit or saboted bullets, strong percussion hooked patent breech in the Manton style, Henry Lock with drip bar, , deeply bent pistol grip-like trigger guard with generous bow, DST, long tang with tall peep rear sight, iron fore-end tip, single key with silver roundels, iron buttplae on wide butt, no cheekpeice British style, but very comfortable to shoot.
The barrel is a deep, rich brown, the other iron fittings are antique hot blued. The ramrod is 7/16 " diameter to withstand rough use.
The straight grip is checkered in the 1850's fashion, there is a Double Set Trigger. The rear tang screw also holds down the rear of the peep sight mount. There is an additional threaded hole so the peep can be moved forward if wanted. The screws have not been heat blued but will be shortly.
The rifle is shown with the peep mounted. It would normally be used for target with the front globe sight shown mounted on the barrel. The peep would be folded out of the way or taken off when hunting. The .50 cal fast twist barrel is meant for longer range shooting with elongated slip-fit bullets weighing up to 600 grains.
The most accurate slip fit bullets are sized to 1/2 thou larger than the land to land diameter of the barrel, in .500 caliber that would be .5005, cleaning between shots. For hunting, I like to size the bullet a full thou smaller, (.499 in a .500 barrel), then I don't need to clean for the first 3-4 shots, which is plenty. Accuracy suffers a touch, but is still plenty good enuff for deer sized game at 200 yards.
#776 Here comes my 'favorite' Hawken RIfle. My friend Bill Fuller once owned the original. It sports one of the last GRRW barrels that I have held on to over the years, 1 1/16th " diameter, 58 caliber, 38" long.
#777- This baby was really in trouble, came near aborting but managed to rescue it. I had traded for an old India Made Baker rifle, turned out to be a smoothbore. It was a bit frayed around the edges, with a smoothbore barrel instead of rifled, a fat teak wood stock with a brown painted finish, the lock sparked but the internals were soft and I could see that it would not hold up, some parts were too straight without the proper taper, some were too flat, or wide or narrow, inletting had been crudely done with a chisel, and it was dated '79. I stripped it, cleaned it up and rasped it to proper shape and hardened the internal lock parts. To my surprise , the wood was sturdy and tough (I afterwards discovered that it was the preferred wood for WWll aircraft carrier decks) with straight grain but contrasting dark and light color. Once stained with aqua fortis and heated dark, it resembled expensive European walnut but more open grained. The barrel was smooth and obviously honed, no sign of ever being fired, but the breech had been crudely hacksawed, so I replaced it with a flint hooked breech and put in a counter-bored touch-hole in the proper sunset position. Also surprising, the lock sparked flawlessly once the frizzen and internals were hardened. The project has turned out pretty well, except that I haven't proofed the barrel yet. I will run a ten gauge load through it (tied to a tire) before final judgement.
The barrel is browned to dull it down, it will likely end up with a super turkey choke in it if it survives proof loads. Wouldn't want to scare the turkeys because of the shine (that's why I wear a hat, too) I have ordered a Colerain rifled barrel for it but don't know if it will fit just right or not. If it does, there will both rifled and smoothbore barrels, if not I can build another rifled Baker.
#778 Here is one for the books, the beginnings of a Danish seal gun, with a 1600's style Snapplock, short octagon swamped GRRW .40 caliber barrel, nice wood, most of which will disappear as the gun finds its final shape. There will not be a buttstock, these light rifles were shot from the cheek, of your face, that is. SPOKEN FOR
These were simple guns, made for hard use in the sealing business. They were expected to be accurate, shots to the head were the rule, a hit anywhere else left the seal to swim off and become shark bait. Buttplates and trigger guards were plain strap iron, a pinned trigger was sufficient with a single ferrule for the ramrod. They were decorated, however, often painted and carved. The Snapplock has a horizontal sear, much like the wheelock, snaphaunces or early English locks. They look terribly odd, but they throw sparks and light fires.
#779- The adventure of a Broadbutt 10 bore Doglock Colonial Fowler. This is a truly simple gun. There are only seven parts: a Broadbutt stock without buttplate, a sheet iron trigger guard and simple pinned trigger, two sheet iron ferrules, a barrel and a lock. And the lock is simplicity itself. It is so simple I am going to illustrate it as an adventure, the kind that anyone can have. Skill and practice don't count much here. Any colonial blacksmith could build one using a hammer and a file and many probably did. The first lock I ever made at home was a Doglock. I made it out of strap iron and a 3/8th inch iron bolt. Cost $15 all told. But I did buy the spring. Nowadays I would forge one.
#780- The birth of a strict copy of the famous rifle that Edward Marshall carried on his famous 'long walk', really a run as I understand the event. Caliber is 58 by Colerain. Barrel swamped at 38", Maple is AAA
#781- The gestation of this K. James rifled fusil is already well along. English style, with French influence. Queene Anne flintlock, mixed iron and brass furniture. SPOKEN FOR
#782- This French 'Mosquette d'Infantrie' Musket will present as a cut-off, cast-off military gun adapted to civilian use. The originals had 44 inch barrels in 69 or 72 caliber with a side sling swivel on a band about halfway up the barrel. The stock illustrated was born crippled, with a large knot surfacing 2/3ds of the way up the barrel channel. It could not be rescued, so I amputated. The length of the stock is just right for a 32 inch tapered octagon-round barrel in 12 gauge. The single barrel band will go where it should, close to the muzzle. I have yet to aquire the lock and furniture. Watch for more photos as it develops.
#783- In The Beginning: a lighter weight Dimmick Plains rifle in 50 caliber with tapered octagon barrel, the usual Dimmick breeching, under-rib with 2 pipes, open sights, English Drip Bar percussion lock (all Dimmicks had them), Brass furniture on a cherry stock stained dark with aqua fortis. There will also be a DST and an iron fore-end cap. More photos to follow.
#783- This gun was stunted from birth, the buttstock was cracked , so I amputated to save its life and it became a Blanket Gun. Made me feel like a Civil war surgeon. It will sport all the usual accutrements of a NorthWest gun in 20 bore, except no buttplate and a single ramrod ferrule. The Indians may have hidden these guns under blankets but they were more often used horseback like a heavy dragoon pistol, one shot then it became a club. I'll try a few tacks to Indian it up some, it might grow some beads and feathers, too. The barrel illustrated is just for show- it's not the real thing.
Coming sometime (sooner or later) in no order of appearance
Brown Bess flintlock musket. long land pattern, classic 1742 brass fittings.
Several Double flintlock fowlers in 12, 16 and 20 gauge
.615 cal double percussion African rifle for 900 grain SuperSlug
.730 cal percussion double African rifle for 1200 grain SuperSlug
1795 US flintlock musket
A Dutch fowler or two or three
Pair of lightened Ruger Old Army percussion pistols with custom octagon barrels, fluted cylinders
Three barreled percussion drilling, 2 above 50 cal, tight twist for slug, 12 ga. under barrel for shot
1816 flintlock 69 cal musket with original restored rusty lockplate, metal finished to match the plate.
3 barreled percussion Wender in 12 smoothbore, 62 and 50 rifled
Cadet Rifle with original military rolling block action and barrel in .50/55 Carbine
1/3 scale cannon by Norman Wiard
5/8 scale breechloading cannon by Whitworth
Leman fullstock flintlock rifle with original Leman barrel
Schuetzen 10 lb target rifle Denver style
1/2 dozen 1895 Mauser bolt action rifles for heavy bullets and BT209 powder, . 451 caliber
Hagerstown Hawken flintlock
Break open 12 bore double percussion shotgun 209 ignition
12 smoothbore X 69 rifled side by side double flintlock
pair 62 caliber percussion & flintlock round ball double rifles
69 caliber percussion round ball double rifle
69 caliber short fullstock Jaeger flintlock double rifle
Kentucky stocked BB gun
Beyer flintlock rifle
English flintlock fullstock sporting rifle 58 cal. 38" barrel
Fusil Fin 20 bore
flintlock mortar gun for tennis balls
Southern perc rifle left hand with original Golcher lock
Wender flintlock 58 rifled & 20 Smoothbore iron mounted English style
English 12 gauge half stock flint fowler
Several heavy caliber Plains and Hawken pistols
English Doglock fowler
British Sargeant's carbine 62 cal
Nock Volley gun in 45 caliber
7 barrel goose gun in 32 caliber
Hawken fullstock percussion rifle in 54 caliber (2)
Brass barreled flintlock blunderbus about 6 gauge
Several H&R break-open single shot shotguns converted to muzzleloading rifles
with White 451 barrels and Doc's 336 Primer setup or 209 primer. Works like gangbusters with the new Blackhorn 209 powder.