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An incredible video detailing the intricate and steps required to masterfully create a beautiful black powder firearm from the 18th century.
VIDEO HERE (1 hour)
My junior high metal shop teacher showed this to his classes. Great must watch.(1979)
We watched it in A&P school in the early nineties.
I saw a program once on the gunsmiths of williamsburg and took a vacation there one year to inquire about having a gun made. I had a flintlock made for me by Royland Southgate and wanted another high quality flintlock. They looked at me like I was an idiot. They don't sell guns, they're employees of the State of Virginia.
Thank You for that, I could have watched that craftsmanship for several hours. Visited Colonial Williamsburg in the mid 80's don't remember a gunsmith, wonder if they still have one.
Wouldn't be at all surprised if now ex governor Northam eliminated the job.
They still have one, I was there in 2019. He makes one or two rifles a year. Williamsburg is a fascinating place. They make all of the replacement materials they can on site with Colonial methods. Watching the blacksmith make nails is particularly interesting.
The Gunsmith is still on the website…. https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/locations/gunsmith-shop/
My friend's father (Mr. Brumfield) was a gunsmith there through the 80s and 90s. Really nice, laid back guy. The best part of living in this area is you become immune to the sounds of muskets, cannons and pretty much any sound that comes from Camp Peary.
I also saw this in metal shop circa 1979, and was fascinated, the others in the series include the cooper(barrel maker) and a wheelwright. Good easy veiwing.
Great video. I always thought a octagonal barrel had improved strength, guess I was wrong.
What a wonderful way to spend an hour, I was almost sorry when it ended.
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