Gunsmith of Williamsburg by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  This classic video published in 1969 shows a very young Wallace Gusler making a completely handmade longrifle including the forging, reaming and rifling of the barrel.  The completed rifle is shown in detail on pp. 74-75 of Three Centuries of Tradition - The Renaissance of Custom Sporting Arms in America by Mark Silver and Wallace Gusler.  The video can be obtained by contacting the Bookseller at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center at (757) 565-8450.

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Building a Kentucky Rifle (Parts I and II) by Hershel House.  Hershel takes you into his shop and shows you how to build a plain early Virginia rifle.   In Part II,  you will learn some advanced construction techniques.

Basic Blacksmithing by Hershel House. Hershel shows you everything you need to know to start forging simple trigger guards and butt plates.

Relief Carving a Kentucky Rifle (circa 1775) by Wallace Gusler.   Take advantage of being taught by the Master of the gun shop at Colonial Williamsburg.   You will learn the basics of stock carving as practiced in a colonial gun shop. 

Engraving a Kentucky Rifle (circa 1775) by Wallace Gusler.   In this video,  Wallace shows you some basic techniques that can turn anyone into an engraver.  

Building Kentucky Rifles featuring Ron Ehlert.  A step by step guide to building two rifle kits from Jim Chambers.

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