Posted 4 months ago
Top Rifle, U.S. Springfield 45/70 , 1873 model. This is not a muzzle loader or flint, but a whale load of fun to shoot, and very accurate. A real woodchuck pleaser .
Bottom Rack , Flint 50. Cal. Sharon swamp barrel, this was my third rifle I finished in 1982 , and carried Bear hunting. The wood took a wonderful green tint at the finishing process. Some do not like this, but I would give my left round ball bag , to repeat and duplicate the process again.
2nd from bottom is a beautiful flint I bought at a Military show called the Max , a days drive east from where I live. Master workmanship with both carving and engraving. The only glue to the maker is FS engraved flowing on the top of the barrel.
3rd from bottom is my 2nd made rifle and first flint . The eagle made patch box I created, is with a white cow horn oval insert that I always intended to scrimshaw. This 45. cal Douglas 13/16'' Octagon 42'' barrel , the lock was a Re-tuned Dixie, and I put in set triggers. I killed many a wood chuck, rats, and squirrels with this, and my first deer, a monster 9 point in the back field in 1979. She has a real soft spot in my heart as I competed with her in competition shoots also.
4th and last on the rack on top is a sweet little 36. cal . This gem was made and signed by my good friend Dennis Priddy . We did a deal on a trade for a scrimshawed powder horn and a large double edge knife. Both of which I create, and I furnish the gun parts. I had acquired a H &R barrel in another trade for one of my medium size knifes, did more swapping for brass Great lakes Indian amulets I created at the time for a nice block of curl wood, a Siler Lock I made from kit, and assembled a set of triggers and side plate and pipes and plug. Dennis did the rest and created this beautiful piece. I finished the knife , then had that accident I mentioned on my 4th rifle . I carried his horn right along with that flint of mine. And finally finished his about 3 years back, after 2 years of drawing. Tough to get inspired some times. It is a beautiful piece. There is not a blank space on that horn that does not have a picture scratched upon it. I thank him for his patience and being a good friend.
Under the top rifle is a nice .45 cal swamped Douglas barrel, Made by R Ash , this wonderful shooter has the most slender grade 2 tapper swamp , with a beautiful and most delicate wood work under the barrel I have seen. As it has has five splits in it that I have had to repair, from previous owners . This is a good lesson on why you do not buy gun is poor lighting at auction. But really for what I paid, I could not start to buy the parts to make one, and it is a very sleek fast firing rifle , and one of my best shooters.
Most my home made guns took many months and some more years then other. I find great satisfaction shooting these and can shoot any other hand held rifle and pistol with much greater accuracy cause of learning to shoot these charcoal burners. I started out with a .58 cal. 1863 Zoave musket and civil war union garb, and eventually went more to traditional buckskin accouterments. The very first rifle I made was a little .45 cal percussion with a H&R barrel, a very nice rifle I sorta gave to my wife at the time to shoot and participate in events. Needless to say she got that and the house...........and sold them both.