Betcha ain't got one of these

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  1. dave951

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    Ok since this forum sees mainly handgun stuff, how's this one grab you?

    Friend of mine makes flintlocks and he's an artisan with serious skills. He made a 1720s replica French Dragoon flintlock pistol and we were discussing what else it needed to really set it off. I made him a case for his horse pistol from locally sourced red oak and CNC carved a French motif in the lid. Bob took it from there.

    Unfinished case-
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    After Bob did his thing on it-

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    That looks awesome!
     
  3. milemaker13

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    That is very nice. Good work.
     
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    Outstanding!
     
  5. dave951

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    Glad to see you guys approve-

    Got another case underway for a friend's Whitworth. The Whitworth was a very high tech rifle for it's time. The main feature was a hexagonal bore with a fitted bullet with a hexagonal helix to match the rifling twist. These rifles were known to be scary accurate in the day and even now, they give up little to the average production rifle. The Confederacy imported a number of Whitworths and more than a couple Federals fell to them, most notable was Gnl Sedgewick. Of the rifles imported by the Confederacy that made it through the blockade, few still exist and they have 6 figure price tags and of those, almost no accouterments still exist. My friend wanted a box like what would have been possibly received by the Confederacy from the Whitworth rifle co to put his replica Whitworth in. So here's a pic of an original Whitworth box in England that I'm reproducing for his rifle. Pix will be posted when finished.


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    Very nice!
     
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    Outstanding.
     
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    If you can find a copy of the "Rifle" magazine Ross Seyfried wrote an article on Joseph Whitworth and his rifles. I have the magazine stored in my attic. I don't remember the date it was published but Rifle/Handloader will let you look up past articles and order back issues.
     
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    Nice! I've been tempted to have a go at making a case for my Romano 1st Model Maynard. But it would be a Skirmish case...gun, dismounted barrel, cleaning rod, tin of caps, and space for 50-75 tubes.
     
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    Kewl!
     
  11. Ugly Sauce

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    I'd like to know more about the Hoss pistola. Caliber? Smooth bore? (of course) Length of barrel? Weight? Has he shot any horses with it? (they shoot horses...don't they?)
     
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    Caliber- 62 I think. Smoothbore, yup. We were shooting it today with round ball and shot. Great fun. Not sure on the length of the barrel but the length of the interior of the box is 24in. It's a big gun and if the muzzle blast doesn't scare them, then turn it around and whack'em on the noggin with the brass buttplate.
     
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    Bravo...very well done!

    Both cases show impeccable craftsmanship as does the French Dragoon pistol your friend made!
     
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  14. Ugly Sauce

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    Sounds like real masterpiece, both the pistola, and the case it rode in on! If I still had horses, I'm pretty sure I'd be on a mission to have one just like it.
     
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    If you had a horse, the proper set up would be two such pistols in pommel holsters.

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    My thoughts exactly, but if I had two of them pistolas, I wouldn't be able to afford a saddle. But you are right, and that did cross my mind.

    If I ever get another horse, I'll probably have to settle for a pair of Lyman Plains Pistols. Such is life.
     
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    Get a brace of Dragoon Colts!

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    I could go for that. Wouldn't hurt my feelings at all, and would be doable. Can't imagine what the pistol Dave posted would cost, let alone two of them. But alas, my horse days are over.

    Now maybe a brace of Dragoons on the front forks of my motorcycle, or the gas tanks....!!!! That might be cool.
     
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    I can say this about Bob's work, it's absolutely top notch. Not only does Bob make flintlocks and accessories, he's also a skilled luthier. Go look up that trade.

    When Bob has a new rifle ready for sale or delivery, I'm very often the guy doing the test firing and the target goes with the rifle to the buyer. It helps not only to sell the rifle but also to head off any question about accuracy capability. Nearly every one I've shot can make 1 hole groups at 50yd.

    I've been asking him to make another dragoon but he's pretty busy with rifles, powder horns and musical instruments.
     
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    A man of diverse talents.
     
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    I'm sure that pistola is worth every cent of whatever he charges. Finely made custom guns usually are. My big gun-splurge was the Jeager Birddog6/Keith Lysle made me. Out of my price range at the time, but now that money would be long gone under the bridge anyway, but I still have it, until death do us part, and it will still be there to pass on when I croak. Whether they appreciate it after I'm six feet under don't matter. Can't take it with me!
     
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    Here's one that I shot with one of Bob's rifles. It was a Kibler 54cal Colonial that he did a bunch of custom work on. I just shot the target for him. Every one I've shot for him can do this.

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