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  1. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi OU, That is a great question and something that has gotten me in trouble on other guns. Fortunately, the side plate removes easily but it is not required. If you look at the bottom of the plate directly under the rear lock bolt, you will see the hole for the guard cross pin. Sometimes the...
  2. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi, Moving forward pretty fast. Before I start, I want to say how delightful making this pistol is. I needed a break from long guns and this fits the bill nicely. Bill Kennedy designed this and several other pistol kits that are probably the best you could ever buy and as historically...
  3. dave_person

    Sighting Along a Sighting Rib

    Hi, Here is one I did using a hand made broach and a bottoming file. The next to last photo shows how the flat ends at the front sight and the last photo shows the front sight, which is morticed into the center of the barrel. These photos show the front sight and flat on the original...
  4. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi Brokennock, You are welcome. The primary reason why I posted this particular project is because it involves methods and historical details that are rarely if ever posted online and are difficult to find even in books. I assumed some of you would like to know those details and now you do. dave
  5. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi, I was writing about changes in style over time with respect to British horse or private purchase officer's pistols. Below is an example of an early 18th century British pistol by Lewis Barbar showing the deep pommel grip very much like a sword pommel. The next photo shows an officer's...
  6. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi, Got a bit more done on the pistol working a few hours on it for the last few days. I inlet the rest of the lock and installed the trigger plate. The task was very easy. I then positioned and drilled the barrel tang bolt. I threaded the trigger plate and installed the bolt. Next up was...
  7. dave_person

    Colonial Long Rifle vs Kentucky Long Rifle

    Hi SA, Of course, but my point in mentioning the day books from Christian's Spring is they show rifles of various levels of decoration being made but no category dominating. In other words, they were not making a bunch of cheaper plain guns and a few fancy ones. Bob Lienemann was able to link...
  8. dave_person

    Need a new lock

    Hi Newtire, Since you are in Idaho look up Muzzleloader Builders Supply in Aberdeen. They have a website and online catalog (www.muzzleloaderbuilderssupply.com) . Ryan is very helpful and should be able to steer you in the right direction. dave
  9. dave_person

    Colonial Long Rifle vs Kentucky Long Rifle

    Hi, The notion that plain guns dominated during the 18th century is not backed up by any evidence. Of course, it depends on your definition of plain. If you mean no carving, engraving, and very simple hardware, there is not much evidence they predominated. If you read the day book listings...
  10. dave_person

    Colonial Long Rifle vs Kentucky Long Rifle

    Hi, Colonial long rifles were made before 1783 and the others were made after 1783. :) Actually, Daniel Boone (born in 1734) spans both periods. There are thick books published explaining the schools and styles of American long rifles. At the risk of being incredibly superficial, the earlier...
  11. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi and thanks for looking and commenting. Pistols were almost always sold in pairs during the 18th and early 19th centuries. I've looked at British pistols posted on many auction sites and it is humorous how often pairs of pistols are labeled as "officer's" or "dueling" pistols. Civilians...
  12. dave_person

    A Double Flintlock Owned By A Signer Of The Declaration Of Independence

    Hi Guys, The gun is a very nice piece made in the 1790s or early 1800's so it may have been owned by a signer later in his life. I believe it is English and I wish the photos were better so we could see the barrel marks and the name on the locks. dave
  13. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi, Warning, I will discuss and adhere to a great deal of historical detail. I realize that may be a "trigger" to some people. I inlet the barrel. First, the side at the breech that butts against the lock has to be flattened. I filed it flat until the facet was level with the bottom of the...
  14. dave_person

    Got a little carried away with inletting a barrel

    Hi RB, No, I did not screw up the barrel inlet. It was for a Brown Bess barrel. The skinny barrel placed in the barrel channel demonstrates how big the Bess barrel is. It is 1 3/8" across at the breech. Like I wrote, I have plumbing in my house smaller than that barrel. Actually, RB, the...
  15. dave_person

    Making a British Officer's Pistol

    Hi, I am working on an early pattern Brown Bess and on a rifle for my blind friend, Josh. I am also starting a close copy of the Edward Marshall rifle but have to wait for delays in getting parts. While I wait, I thought I would build this pistol, which is a kit that was offered by the late...
  16. dave_person

    Got a little carried away with inletting a barrel

    HMM, maybe you should see my thread on building blind. dave
  17. dave_person

    Got a little carried away with inletting a barrel

    If you only knew, Rich. dave
  18. dave_person

    Got a little carried away with inletting a barrel

    Hi, That barrel mates really well with a lock that weighs about 1.5 pounds. Most of the plumbing in my house is smaller diameter than that barrel. dave
  19. dave_person

    Got a little carried away with inletting a barrel

    Hi, Here it is. That ain't no skinny squirrel molesting hillbilly barrel. It's a 3/4" water pipe otherwise known as a Brown Bess. dave
  20. dave_person

    Got a little carried away with inletting a barrel

    Thank heavens for AcraGlas :thumb: dave
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