Monday, July 9, 2012

Houston Harrison

Houston's Harrison's copy (1986) of a rifle owned by David Crockett.
All handmade gun except barrel.
44" 50 cal rifled
Collection: David Zucker

















Photos by Robert Weil.

6 comments:

  1. An interesting rifle but you really need to click on to the detailed/expanded photo feature to appreciate the craftmanship in this rifle.
    I am not familiar with the original of this rifle. However I am assumining that since Mr Harrison hand made the lock that the original has the same Germanic style.
    It is a rare treat to have the opportuninity to view a great photographic essay on a rifle gun built over 25 years ago.
    Does anyone have any details on the original that was being copied?

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  2. An interesting rifle but you really need to click on to the detailed/expanded photo feature to appreciate the craftmanship in this rifle.
    I am not familiar with the original of this rifle. However I am assumining that since Mr Harrison hand made the lock that the original has the same Germanic style.
    It is a rare treat to have the opportuninity to view a great photographic essay on a rifle gun built over 25 years ago.
    Does anyone have any details on the original that was being copied?

    Heinz

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  3. I was fortunate enough to handle this rifle when it was brand new. Looks like it has aged well.

    Houston's work is as good as any!

    Jeff T.

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  4. I was fortunate enough to meet Houston once at his home several years ago. His work is astounding, especially when one can actually hold these rifles in your hands and hear what he has to say. It was a bit of honor to be there.
    - Clifton Hicks

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  5. I met Mr. Harrison at a gunshow in Kentucky about 1986/87 while I was in the Army at Fort Knox. He had this rifle there, it is a beautiful rifle and he was a very nice gentleman. We talked for a bit about rifles and he was very patient and polite.

    I made a Kentucky pistol from scratch and sent him a picture of it and he said it was nice, I know now he was being VERY generous with his praise.

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  6. I was a friend and fellow blackpowder enthusist with Houson for over 45 years. The original of the Crockett is in the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Houston was given hands on access to inspect and photograph the rifle in preparation to create a copy.
    Houston's rifle is a precise copy as close as he could make it. I have compared both rifles during and after it was completed. For you that did not know Houston, I can assure you that it was as perfect a copy as man can make it maybe with the exception that the workmanship of Huston's rifle was superior to the original.
    Bill Martin
    Nashville, TN
    martin_w@comcast.net

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