Building My Own Flintlock?

xbokilla

12 pointer
Jun 28, 2012
15,140
Arc

Archie Stahl was my grandfather. He got to that stage too. The passion and hobby was still there but age caught up with him. That's not me putting either of them down with that statement, but sympathizing and showing understanding. It is men like your old man and my grandfather who set good examples for us to respect their crafts and quality of their work. Don't see it anymore with younger generations, especially in traditional black powder circles and the rendezvous. Your old man has my respect for his craft and patience in it.
Thanks. Unfortunately, I didn’t take after him in that area. My older brother can do a few things but dad messed with that stuff since he was young. He’s built and sold several Ky Long Rifle replicas, Bone Handle Bowie knife replicas. He used to love going to gun shows and digging in “junks piles” for gun parts then using them to build something awesome and selling back to the same person he bought the junk parts from. LOL.
 

AStahl

Fawn
Sep 23, 2022
16
Bowling Green, Kentucky
I know tja
Thanks. Unfortunately, I didn’t take after him in that area. My older brother can do a few things but dad messed with that stuff since he was young. He’s built and sold several Ky Long Rifle replicas, Bone Handle Bowie knife replicas. He used to love going to gun shows and digging in “junks piles” for gun parts then using them to build something awesome and selling back to the same person he bought the junk parts from. LOL

Thanks. Unfortunately, I didn’t take after him in that area. My older brother can do a few things but dad messed with that stuff since he was young. He’s built and sold several Ky Long Rifle replicas, Bone Handle Bowie knife replicas. He used to love going to gun shows and digging in “junks piles” for gun parts then using them to build something awesome and selling back to the same person he bought the junk parts from. LOL.
I know that feeling. I can do simple work, but trying to mimic what my grandfather did with firearms, traditional black powder or modern rifle, I can't hold a candle. Tried, but no cigar. That's why I want to build my own flintlock to say I at the least tried and get an A for effort. That's what my grandfather use to do too. He would go to gun shows and buy old, worn actions, stocks, and barrels. Stocks he restored and refitted for other projects. Barrels he would put through his lathe, and actions and barrels he would strip and reblue or parkerize in shop at cost. Go to the next gun show with a truck full of rifles he had only $60 to $100 invested each monetarily plus his own labor and in house materials and sell them $300 to $500 back in the day.
 

Little FR

12 pointer
Nov 10, 2021
4,693
West Kentucky
I think you guys discredit yourselves. If you spend the time and effort and make lots of mistakes you’ll become a craftsman at anything after a while.

I restored my 1958 Hudson and 70 F100. I wanted lead body work, no bondo… everybody that knew how to do that has been dead for 40 years it seems. So, I taught myself. A lot of mistakes and a lot of wasted gas/lead. Nobody told me I couldn’t but nobody believed I could either so I just tried until I did. Then I painted them and went back to hunting in my spare time.

If you really want to get good you gotta jump in with both feet and break some stuff.
 

Dark Cloud

12 pointer
Aug 14, 2009
5,703
Lawrence Co.
I think you guys discredit yourselves. If you spend the time and effort and make lots of mistakes you’ll become a craftsman at anything after a while.

I restored my 1958 Hudson and 70 F100. I wanted lead body work, no bondo… everybody that knew how to do that has been dead for 40 years it seems. So, I taught myself. A lot of mistakes and a lot of wasted gas/lead. Nobody told me I couldn’t but nobody believed I could either so I just tried until I did. Then I painted them and went back to hunting in my spare time.

If you really want to get good you gotta jump in with both feet and break some stuff.
I always figured if they can do it ,I can too.
 

aaronc

12 pointer
Jul 21, 2009
3,872
Leitchfield
The old man has bought, traded, built, remodeled, and sold a many through the years. Doesn’t mess with it much now that he’s 80. Track of the Wolf as mention was one of his go to sources. Good luck to ya! The good builders have skill and lots of patience.

I'd say he knows my buddy Bill Smith,...a bag and horn maker from Elizabethtown. He's still active in the rendesvous.
 


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