This project consisted of reworking an existing rifle that was sent to me by Mr. Nitowitz. I made the butt plate, trigger guard, side plate, toe plate and the nose cap. I reshaped the stock, stained it with Aqua Fortis, and used a amber tinted varnish for the finish. I refinished the barrel from a browned finish to the dark rust blued finish. I reworked the front sight some to bring the bottom of the blade closer to the surface of the barrel. Mr. Nitowitz did not send the lock with this project because I did not feel that I needed the lock to do the work that I was going to do. The lock will be returned to its rightful place by Mr. Nitowitz.
This is a rifle in the style of the Vogler family of gunsmiths of North Carolina. It has a 48″ long 50 Caliber barrel made by Charley Burton. The lock is a Davis Twigg, the triggers are double set modified Davis triggers. The stock is an exhibition grade piece of stump cut sugar maple. The rifle has a custom made patch box, toe plate, side plate, thimbles, nose cap and sights. All of the silver used on this rifle is sterling.
1770 to 1780 period rifle that will be based on a few of the early PA gunsmiths like Jacob Dickert. The rifle has a 46″ 50 cal barrel, early style set trigger and an Germanic styled lock, brass hardware. This rifle will be carved in the early style and will have a coin silver cheek inlay. This rifle will be finished by scraping the stock, stained with Aqua Fortis and given a hand rubbed oil finish, The barrel, lock, trigger and trigger plate will be rust blued.
This Southern Mountain Rifle was based on an original Charley Bean rifle. It is a fairly plain but pleasing rifle with good lines and a good curly maple stock. This rifle was built in the fall of 2016.
This rifle was based on the early Virginia rifle made by F. Klette. The original rifle was made in brass but I made this rifle with iron fittings. I made everything on this rifle except for the barrel and the lock. It has a 44″ Rice barrel in 54 cal. a beautiful red maple stock that I stained with Aqua Fortis and finished with a hand rubbed Linseed oil.
This is The Edward Marshall Rifle shown from start to finish to show the processes that I take when rifle building. In each step taken, attention to quality, detail, and correct fit are number one.
Here is a Kentucky Pistol showing an example of the inlay work I offer. Again, meticulous attention to detail is given to each step taken.
The first Hawken Rifle was built for the Alabama State Muzzle Loaders Association as a Match award for the State Match winner in a match shot in the mid 1990’s. The second Hawken Rifle was built from parts from the Hawken Shop. These parts are copied for an original Hawken rifle and produce a highly historical accurate rifle.