Monday, July 20, 2009

Southwest Virginia Rifle by Mark Elliott

This is a fully iron mounted gun of the late flint period that I made in 2004 as my personal offhand target rifle. It has features found on rifles from Rockbridge County into Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, but is of a style mostly of my own creation. It has a hand forged butt piece and guard, and all the other mounts are hand made from steel sheet. The barrel was browned. The lock was polished and aged, and all the other mounts were blackened and aged. The 40 caliber, straight, Green Mountain barrel is 13/16" across the flats and 42" long. A White Lightning liner is installed. The lock is a Chambers Late Ketland. The rifle has Davis double set triggers. The stock is a piece of moderately curly, quartersawn, red maple. The stock is entirely scraped and burnished and the rifle is generally finished in a workman like manner. The stock is stained with aqua fortis and finished in oil. I have fitted the hickory ramrod with a plain sheet steel ferrule on the breech end that accepts a hand turned wiper made for the rifle.

The technical details:
Moderately curly, quartersawn, Red Maple
Chambers Late Ketland
Green Mountain 42", 40 caliber, 13/16" straight with Chambers White Lightning liner
Trigger: Davis double set triggers
Mounts: Hand forged steel and steel sheet

Copy and photos by mark Elliott. More of Mark's work can be seen at his web site.

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