Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Striker by Charles Miller

Photos by Jan Riser.

The Cromwell Colleciton: Virginia Weapons and Other Material of the American Revolution By Giles Cromwell

Many years of research and collecting have gone into the publication of The Cromwell Colleciton: Weapons Of The American Revolution. a comprehensive study of the 18th century Virginia related firearms, accoutrements, artifacts, documents and related objects. Full color photographs and detailed descriptions define each item, which include longrifles, muskets, swords, knives, pipe-axes & tomahawks, powder horns, and much more! This is a fascinating history of these weapons from the American Revolution.
Hard cover, 367 pages, with over 330 full color photos and 22 B&W photos & illustrations, along with several fine original paintings by H. David Wright.

This book can be found at Crazy Crow Trading Post here. There was a review of this book in the October 2017 issue of the Maine Antique Digest.

Copy and photos from Crazy Crow Trading Post.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Rifle Made in the Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmith Shop by Wallace Gusler

This rifle was entirely hand made in 1970 in the Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmith shop by Wallace Gusler, using strictly 18th century tools and technology.  It was commissioned following the release of the film "Gunsmith of Williamsburg", and was the first commissioned gun built in the shop and sold on order.  It's listed in the shop's book as being "made like the movie gun", which still resides on the wall of the CW Gunsmith shop.  Stocked in hard maple, Mr. Gusler blended several decorative features from colonial Virginia rifles, and included a masterful blend of his own creative ideas as well.  Today, the Gunsmith shop is still building rifles and pistols on custom order using the same 18th century tools and techniques.  Three Gunsmiths currently work in the shop, Journeyman Richard Sullivan, and Apprentices Eric von Aschwege and Darrin McDonal.  For more information on the shop, please visit www.history.org

Copy of Virginia Rifle
Made by
Wallace Gusler, Williamsburg, VA
Barrel Length
41 1/8"

Purchased from
Wallace Gusler
Private or Company
1970 - Gusler made 3 completely handmade guns (in this era).  One is Williamsburg collection, one is very gaudy, and the third is this one - it's done just like a 1770's KY Rifle in VA style.
#292 in NRA Private / BB = $15,000

This Gusler rifle is for sale: Contact Jim Chambers 828.667.8361

Copy by Eric von Aschwege with photos by Jim Chambers.

Thursday, October 26, 2017