Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Before/After CVA Pistol









 I generally wont put much work into one of these, but this one has a lock that actually sparked well. I removed two inches from the original barrel, and put as much of a round on the front half as I could without having to restock or bed the barrel. I would have opened the bore from a 45 caliber smooth to a 62 or so but I didn't have the right tooling. The lock was cleaned up and some of the factory "engraving" removed. The muzzle cap, ramrod pipes and side plate where thrown in the scrap pile. I cut apart the old trigger guard and modified it. The existing trigger was reshaped. New ramrod pipes, side plate, belt clip, screws, wood and metal finish completed the project.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lancaster Smoothbore






This early Lancaster smoothbore has a 48" 54 caliber tapered round barrel made by Larry Horrigan, the lock is a modified Chamber's Dale Johnson, it is stocked in curly maple(from a board) with brass mounts. The muzzle cap, side plate, front sight,tapered ramrod tip, and trigger assembly where hand made. The wrist inlay is a pewter polish falcon. Length of pull is 14 1/4", 1/4" cast off, 3" drop, 3/4 lb trigger pull, and the overall weight is 7.7 pounds. The stock has a scraped finish, stained with aquafortis, oiled with refined linseed oil then waxed after stock burnishing.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fowler Bag and Accouterments





This is a heavy deer skin bag I just finished up. Everything is hand sewn with a waxed linen thread. A friend of mine made the linen strap. As you may be able to see in the photos there is a main compartment plus one inside and one outside pocket. The reinforcement band at the top of the inside is vegetable tanned cow hide. The patch knife has been previously shown on here. The Irish shot charger is antiqued brass with a deer skin tube. This is fixed to the strap with a pewter button and a leather loop on the lower end. Shot snake can be removed from the bag this way to reduce weight if so desired. The antler tip powder measure is for a 55 grain charge.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Reflex Deflex Longbow







Here is the finished bow. Bamboo backed hickory. 60 lb draw weight at 28"

Thursday, January 14, 2016

In The Works

You will have to excuse the mess. Having just finished up repairs and modifications to 4 guns I move on to this project. It is a bamboo backed hickory reflex deflex longbow. It's coming along but still needs a lot of wood removal and tillering. I have a fowler bag in the works as well. I will try to keep you all posted.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Refinished Rifle; before and after




















This was a pretty nice rifle to start with, but it did have a bit of extra wood on it, a non functional patchbox, odd sights, and some other things that needed attention. I refinished the stock after stripping it down, making some mods to the carvings, removing excess wood, etc. The patchbox can now be opened with a push button on the buttplate. The rear sight was reworked and the front replaced. It needed a new touch hole liner, fly in the lock was missing, sear spring replaced, trigger reworked, and fiberglass ramrod replaced with a hickory one. The metal parts where all darkened up some. Some screws where replaced and pins shortened. The breech end of the barrel channel was glass bedded to take care of some gaps and a weak spot in the stock.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rifleman's Knife




This knife has an 8 1/2" blade forged from 1084 steel. I made the guard from a thick piece of brass. The handle is whitetail antler with the tang running all the way through the steel pommel. The sheath is vegetable tanned leather with some rustic tooling, a dark brown dye, and has been burnished over.