Pair of Green River Rifle Works Hawken Rifles

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plmeek

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After Shootn posted his thread about the GRRW Hawken rifle he finally purchased, I thought I would post about my most recent acquisition--a pair of GRRW Hawken rifles.

The pair are a half stock Hawken and a full stock Hawken.

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Both rifles have 1" straight octagon barrels. The half stock has a 32⅛" barrel while the full stock barrel is an inch longer at 33⅛".

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They are both .54 caliber and both rifles were stocked by Carl Walker who was GRRW's first employee and stayed with them right up to the end in 1980.

I haven't checked to see when they were made, but guessing around May of 1978.
 

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I would LOVE to own that 1/2 Stock, I have wanted a GRRW Hawken from my Beginning in Muzzleloading. But That stuff called money has always been an issue for me, They are out of my Financial League :(
 

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I would LOVE to own that 1/2 Stock, I have wanted a GRRW Hawken from my Beginning in Muzzleloading. But That stuff called money has always been an issue for me, They are out of my Financial League :(
Keep looking. I found mine in a pawnshop used as a decoration and finagled it for $400 less than a decade ago.
 

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Hope you bring those next time we go shooting Phil. Id like to see them in person
 

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Those are very nice. Gosh darn it, why did I have to be a Southpaw?
Being a born Southpaw, I always adapted as a child playing "army" or "war" with the various kinds of play guns during the '50's. Thus I am blessed to be able to comfortably shoot almost any kind of rifle or pistol with no trouble. I won't brag, but my natural reach with the left arm to work the bolt of a military rifle held on the left shoulder has amazed some guys. All due to the Davy Crockett play and pretending to fight Japs & Germans in the 1950!:) Even flintlocks, I'm more OK using a normal right hand lock; the lefties just feel "odd" somehow; do have a left hand lock GPR. Thanks, guys.
 

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I'm so used to shooting RH guns left handed that it seems normal now.

It's handy with a flintlock because the flash is in front of my blind right eye.
 

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I agree. While most of my firearms are left handed, I was always more comfortable with a standard, modern rifle. A left hand modern gun just feels odd to me.
 
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Being a born Southpaw, I always adapted as a child playing "army" or "war" with the various kinds of play guns during the '50's. Thus I am blessed to be able to comfortably shoot almost any kind of rifle or pistol with no trouble. I won't brag, but my natural reach with the left arm to work the bolt of a military rifle held on the left shoulder has amazed some guys. All due to the Davy Crockett play and pretending to fight Japs & Germans in the 1950!:) Even flintlocks, I'm more OK using a normal right hand lock; the lefties just feel "odd" somehow; do have a left hand lock GPR. Thanks, guys.
I’m also left handed and all my rifles rifles growing up were right handed (including a military rifle), but play golf right handed. I have no problem shooting muzzloaders right handed (think SXS shotgun) but don’t like the fact the cheek piece is on the wrong side. So bought a left handed Pedersoli .50 and love it. Also, an unmentionable left handed and really enjoy that don’t enjoy reaching over the scope.
 

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Those are beautiful rifles, Phil. They look brand new, too. Thanks for showing them!

Notchy Bob
 

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They are pristine, Notchy. They appear to be un-fired and have practically no handling marks on them.

Here are some more pictures.

The Half Stock Rifle
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The Full Stock Rifle
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If any of you notice how similar these two rifles look, there is a good reason for that.

These two rifles were ordered and built as a set or complimentary pair. They may have been stocked from the same piece of wood as the curl in both look so similar.

A really interesting feature of these two rifles is that each has its own serial number plus the serial number of the other rifle stamped on the barrel.

The Half Stock Rifle Serial Number 545
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The Full Stock Rifle Serial Number 83
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The makers mark belongs to Carl Walker.

I know of a GRRW Hawken that was made with two barrels of different lengths, each barrel being stamped with the rifle's serial number, but this is the first "set" of guns I've seen come from the GRRW shop.
 

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