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Gun Building / Re: Hawken rifle exhibit
« Last post by Bob Roller on June 16, 2019, 08:27:37 PM »
Bob, your comment on making a fence out of gun parts reminded me of a matchlock barrel sent to me by Hans Meuller (sp?) known here as Dutch Gramps.  He said he found it in Yeman, iirc, salvaged from a fence.  It is iron, and the muzzle is a little damaged and bent from having been driven into the ground, but otherwise, quite useable.
It is hard to know how serious gun collectors from the late 19th C were, or whether or not, there even was such a thing?

It IS hard to say what was being collected in the late 19th century as far as guns were concerned.
People like my maternal grandfather were happy to have even one gun that could put meat on the
table.I once found a copy of a Model 3 Smith&Wesson in a gun shop here and it was a poor quality
thing but the chamber would accommodate for ONE shot,a 44 Magnum* round and I suggested that
I would take it to my shop and disable it and then make a table lamp of it.Farris gun shop in Portsmouth
Ohio once had a fine long rifle made into a lamp.Mexico was once a source of Colt SAA and S&W's
that were cut off with a hacksaw to make them more concealable.Today's collector items were once
a nearly negative value.
Bob Roller
*I'm sorry to use the 44Mag as a reference but it stands out in my memory.
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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Diamond File for flints
« Last post by wmrike on June 16, 2019, 07:18:11 PM »
I was intrigued and tried it.  By golly, the files work!  I was certain they would just bounce off the flint.

Still, if a flint gets slow on me or flat refuses to work, I just replace it.  Fast, easy, and sure-fire.  Back home, I put the worn flint in the vise and dress it using a combination of pressure and percussion work applied with an eighth-in punch.  I enjoy the task.
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Accoutrements / Re: Thinking about making a knife
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on June 16, 2019, 07:16:09 PM »
Go ahead and make a knife out of your spring steel.  You can re-harden it, and draw the temper to make a very good knife from spring steel.

Rawhide makes a good serviceable sheath.  And you could cover it with buckskin and bead it, if that appealed to you.
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Accoutrements / Re: Age barktan deer skin
« Last post by KentSmith on June 16, 2019, 07:12:27 PM »
Just how aged?  Some people spray the leather down with oven cleaner.  The lye can give it a crinkled (chemical burn) look.  Makes me nervous to spray lye on an expensive piece of leather but to each their own.  Some do a vinegar/steel wool thing thing or a ferric nitrate treatment to darken.  I have 3 Joe Mills bags that look like Daniel Boone dragged them through the mud, rinsed them while crossing a river and dried them in the sun about 100 times.  Don't know what he does but it is effective for aging the leather pouch specifically the strap.  I use the easy off thing and get good results but don't have the nerve to wait more than a couple minutes so don't get that crinkling effect on the surface.  Try a piece of scrap first to get it like you want.
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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Ian Pratt rifles
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on June 16, 2019, 07:12:03 PM »
For what it's worth, I too am an admirer of Ian's rifles.  Whenever I see one illustrated here, I quickly add the images to my Ian Pratt file...perhaps some day...
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Gun Building / Re: Hawken rifle exhibit
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on June 16, 2019, 06:58:29 PM »
Bob, your comment on making a fence out of gun parts reminded me of a matchlock barrel sent to me by Hans Meuller (sp?) known here as Dutch Gramps.  He said he found it in Yeman, iirc, salvaged from a fence.  It is iron, and the muzzle is a little damaged and bent from having been driven into the ground, but otherwise, quite useable.
It is hard to know how serious gun collectors from the late 19th C were, or whether or not, there even was such a thing?
 
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Gun Building / Re: New England Connecticut River Valley Fowler
« Last post by James Rogers on June 16, 2019, 06:32:16 PM »
Excellent as always Dave. Much appreciate the extra work to make it right.
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Gun Building / Re: New England Connecticut River Valley Fowler
« Last post by msellers on June 16, 2019, 06:27:24 PM »
Dave,
Magnificent work as usual,  really enjoying your progress. I really like the look, as well as the purchase that the moulding will afford.
Mike
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Springfield Model 1816 Flintlock Musket
« Last post by fundukj on June 16, 2019, 06:18:17 PM »
Decent example.  Some thin pieces of wood replaced along the fore stock and a small chunk next to the tang.  Date is hard to read, but it looks like 1830.  Horrible ramrod.  Cock and frizzen not aligned very well, probably a re-conversion. Cheap. $750. Thanks for looking. John





















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Hello everyone. Here is a double horn and bag set I recently finished. The set was inspired by an original seen in C. Michael Briggs work on Piedmont North Carolina bags and horns. The original was found in my home county of Surry in the Northwest North Carolina Piedmont. 
The bag is hand stitched veg tan cowhide and is 7.5 inches deep and 8.5 inches wide.  The strap has a pierced design goining its entire length and an forged buckle for adjustment.
The double horn is 17 inches long.  Right now it is set up for right side carry but if I turn the horn around it will work for left side.

Im asking $350.00 and that includes shipping. Paypal is an option. Proceeds will be donated to the Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History which preserves and tells the story of Surry County and the surrounding region.










Thanks

Cory Joe Stewart
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