Saturday, November 28, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

French Trade Pistol Circa 1750 by Jack Brooks

This pistol was made for Jed Cottingham. It is stocked in European walnut and is decorated with relief carving around the barrel tang. Jack made the round faced lock from his castings of an antique lock. The smooth bore barrel was fire blued. 

Supplied photos.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Latest Work by Jim Kibler

54 caliber
43 inch barrel
Curly figured maple stock
​Flip up sight

More of Jim's work can be seen here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Powder Horn by Clinton E. Byers

The 1775 siege of Boston is one of my favorite motifs for an engraved horn. The Boston skyline is depicted around the throat. Two wharfs bare the motto “Liberty or Death”. Several British ships are depicted anchored in the harbor while sirens and sea-serpents attempt to lure them to their deaths. 

Copy and photos supplied by Clinton Byers.

Monday, November 23, 2015

David Rase

This project started out with a set of Billinghurst underhammer castings from Muzzleloader Builder's Supply.  Both the upper and lower tangs of the castings were reshaped to resemble the elongated grip of a Winchester Hi-Wall instead of the sharp curve of the original Billinghurst action.  I breeched up a .50 caliber Lynn Weimer tapered barrel that I happened to acquire a couple of years ago.  The rust blued buttplate is cast steel in the Winchester Swiss style.  A unique feature incorporated on this rifle are the left and right cheek pieces.  During my research for this underhammer rifle project, I learned that most underhammer rifles were individually made in lieu of being mass produced.  Armed with this information I thought, why not build a rifle that would accommodate either a right and left handed shooter.  The barrel has been rust blued and the action color case hardened.  The triggerguard, which doubles as the mainspring, is hand made from 1084 spring stock.  Several coats of Peramalyn gun stock finish protect the nicely figured English walnut butt and forestock.

Copy and photos supplied by David Rase.