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Old 03-01-2013, 12:08 PM   #31
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See if this linky below works.Its Harpers Ferry,site of the great armory.They've done a decent enough representation,all things consider'd with this museum.The RR and river "ate" the site where the original armory was.

And as a side note,when studying old gunmaking as well as how the industrial revolution got its "legs"....you'll be looking into a rather short time frame window where water power ruled the day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harpers_Ferry_gun_smith.JPG

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This is a little earlier than John Browning's time but you all should check out The Gunsmith of Williamsburg. Watch a young Wallace Gusler hand forge a Kentucky rifle. The complete video is on YouTube. Amazing what people were able to do.

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This is a little earlier than John Browning's time but you all should check out The Gunsmith of Williamsburg. Watch a young Wallace Gusler hand forge a Kentucky rifle. The complete video is on YouTube. Amazing what people were able to do.
Jeeze. I didn't know one person made the whole thing. It must have taken a month or two to make just one rifle.
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T- many of the old time gunsmiths purchased locks, but made barrels, made stocks. Yes, it was very labor intensive (for a rifle, cutting the rifling, 100 passes up and down the bore for EACh groove, hammer forging a damascus barrel, grinding the flats on a barrel by hand, etc.

In terms of hours worked to pay for a gun, they are MUCH cheaper now than they were back in the day. That was also a time that, unless you were VERY wealthy, you might own one gun in a lifetime.

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Surely more improvised arms existed. Indeed they must have been commonplace.

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hour upon hour upon hour of brain numbing, teeth grinding file work.




lost track of the hours I've put into this and far from done...

Clock makers were cutting watches with precision in the 15's. Buddy has a 1890's 30-40 craig, I marvel at the action and precision of that rifle. By far exceeds the quality and workmanship of rifles today, imo.

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