Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Contemporary Makers Portraits: Curt Hoagland

Curt Hoagland was born in Fountain County, Indiana and still lives there today.  He has been stocking guns for around 35 years. In the 1980’s, he went to a KRA show in Ohio where he was allowed to handle many original guns. This experience was a major influence in his building.  Curt is mostly self-taught, but was fortunate to have a close neighbor, Robert “Pete” Clements, instruct him in carving. He also attended John Schippers engraving school at Conner Prairie where his skills were greatly enhanced.  Curt and his friend Jerry Eitnier both live in Hillsboro, Indiana. They have assisted each other with “problem solving” in their gun building. "It is nice to have that extra hand when needed." Curt is a member of the NMLRA and CLA.

Details of the rifle Curt is holding can be seen here.

Copy by Curt Hoagland.  Photographed at the 2012 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show by Jan Riser.


  1. I'v noticed a trend amoung gum makers...they seem to all live in shacks! I would have thought their kinfolk would have said, "Jed, move away from thar...Californie is the place you ought to be."

  2. I've done quick search here on CM's blog site of other gun makers and it's worse than I had imagined!!! ALL the gun makers seem to live in the same ramshackle cabin. Please please please, can't we do a fundraiser or something to help these talented craftsmen...maybe an 'adopt a gunsmith" program?

  3. PLEASE PLEASE come to are ad 'ADOPT A GUNSMITH ' sounds good to me.I will send you my address.
    Eitnier Rifles
    Iron Mounted Southern Guns


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