Monday, January 25, 2016

David Rase for Gina Hansen

This rifle was commissioned by Erik Hansen as a Christmas gift for his wife Gina for Christmas 2015.  Gina wanted a slim, dark stained, steel mounted percussion rifle.  The rest was up to me to create a rifle that pleased as well as fit her.  This rifle has a .38" B weight 50 caliber barrel that I shortened 2" at the muzzle.  Gina was not completely sold on a flintlock so the lock we choose was a Jim Chambers Golden age percussion conversion lock.  This will allow her to convert it to flint should she ever decide to take the plunge.  The patchbox is a collaboration of a brass Lexington captured lid box with the surround inspired from carving accenting a German Jaeger wooden patchbox.  All the metal parts were rust browned.  The stock was finished with an application of aqua fortis, then a coat of red stain.  It was then flooded with a couple of coats of tinted linseed oil, allowed to soak in and any excess rubbed off.  Additional coats of linseed oil were rubbed on in very thin coats.  Half the fun of this build was that as you can see, it follows no particular school, but in my opinion, is a very plausible colonial rifle.

Copy and photos supplied by David Rase.

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