I was commissioned to build a copy of an Adam Burkett rifle for the Jefferson C. Historical Society for a fund raiser. This resulted in three more orders for the same rifle. (One member of the family won the raffle gun, three more wanted it). Many of the late period percussion rifles are more of a challenge to build than some realize. The wear plates, comb plates, and inlays, etc. all present different challenges. The flower inlays at the toe of each of these rifles has a mother of pearl center. Building three seemed to be more than three times the work. These neat little rifles have a 27" 15/16 barrels. The original was 36 cal. Two of the recreations were built in 50 cal. and one in 36. One was finished out with a flintlock lock so the gun could be used in the PA late muzzle loading season.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers