The Cousin Willie rifle was made in the spring of 1984. William Otis White, 1st. cousin of Frank, Hershel, and John House, is well known for his unique knives and superb tempering skills. This rifle was built by Hershel for him and is inscribed, "H.H. for W.W." on the patchbox lid. This was the first of many Hershel House rifles that used this style of box or some variation of it. It was inspired by what is known as the "Cellers" rifle that is plate #1 in John Bivins book, "Longrifles of North Carolina".The rifle is .40 caliber with a Getz ultra light 38 inch barrel. It is a pleasure to hold and shoot only weighing 6 pounds. It is stocked in a very hard piece of curly walnut.
The Willie rifle along with the original.
Copy by Mel Hankla. Original and Hershel photo supplied by Mel Hankla all other photos by Jan Riser.