Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Houston Harrison Bucks County Rifle from the Bill Ruggie Collection

This is an exceptional fine example of a Bucks county gun by the incredibly talented Houston Harrison.  Born in 1937 in Hermitage, TN he showed an early interest for building replicas of various items that carried over into his entire life.  He became a tool and die maker which greatly helped him achieve his outstanding ability to build a vast variety of firearms from scratch often making every component.  An example would be a Colt .45 pistol where he machined every single part to make a beautiful working example.

The Bucks County rifle you see here is a wonderful example of his work.  Everything you see on this piece is done with the utmost care and attention to detail.  One of the outstanding features of this gun is the totally handmade lock.  The inside of this lock is as beautiful work as I’ve seen.  Note the precision of the engraving inletting, carving all unbelievable.  You will note in the Contemporary Makers article in the upper photo Robert Weil is using this gun for his appearance in the movie “Naked Gun 2 1/2”. In the second photo Fess Parker of Davey Crocket fame is holding this same rifle.  (See below for link to these photos). This is an outstanding and rare example of Houston’s work.

More photos of this rifle can be seen here.

Ken Gahagan is working with the estate of Bill Ruggie in offering this Houston Harrison Rife for sale. This rifle was a part of Ken's display at the 2017 CLA Show.

Ken's contact info:

A bio of Houston can be found here as well as the photo from the movie Naked Gun 2 1/2 and Fess Parker with this rifle.

Photographed at the 2017 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

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