By way of introduction, I am John Donelson and I design and build custom black powder rifles, smoothbores, pistols, hand-forged knives, hawks, and tools needed by buckskinners, reenactors, shooting enthusiasts, and collectors. I have no predetermined "line" of goods to offer, the mix varies with each show and each day of production.
I RARELY HAVE COMPLETED GUNS FOR SALE OFF THE SHELF, but here are three beauties ready to go to work for you!!!
CURRENTLY FOR SALE
BUCCANNEER FUSIL 1710-30. These were the "original" Club-but style guns that the Hudson Bay guns spawned from. Every French Vessel was required by law to have 12 of these guns on board upon entering any port. These were used to repel boarders from a distance, often shooting from the topmast. Buccanneer guns are what got TULLE into the business and at one point, they are noted as having 4,650 Buccanneer Locks in inventory...wow! This gun has an ORIGINAL 1717 FLINTLOCK signed "IFC" which I re-furbished and made functional (sparks well)."IFC" is the signature of Jean Baptiste Fournier at Charleveille. This gun is NOT the Tulle Pattern, rather the Charleville version. The barrel is .69 cal.(19 balls/lb) and is 56" long and features an octagon to round profile with a sighting flat filed in.... all the way to the nuzzle. The brass mountings were handmade and the triggerguard was cast by me years ago...note that it has a slight pit on one edge. The wrist medallion is Sterling Silver and copied from an original. This gun is large and sturdy, and points and shoots very very well................................................$3750
CURRENTLY FOR SALE
FUSIL DE TRAITE (trade gun) Type C. 1710-1730 This was the first "pattern" of gun intended for trade to the Natives. While very few seem to have survived intact, they were imported in huge numbers to North America for the trade. They were brass or iron mounted and the later versions , the "Type D".. used a solid sideplate engraved with hunting scenes or panoply of arms, etc. ...this gun is Brass mounted with fancy pierced sideplate and flaming torch finials. These came in caliber ranging from 28 balls to the pound to 20 balls/pound (58-62 cal) .... this one is .58. The Lock is from Track of the Wolf (with the engraving removed) and is a very good lock! Barrel is Colerain Octagon-round in 44". Stock is Walnut with lock moldings and a faint two line molding along the barrel channel. This barrel has a silver front blade and no ear sight, but there IS a dovetail for a rear sight cut into the barrel near the breech if a person wanted to install one, just knock out the dovetail plug.....the type C gun had an unusual cast brass rear sight on some of them................................................$2250
CURRENTLY FOR SALE
FRENCH COAT PISTOL 1760-80 This is the "Derringer" of it's day ....(120 years before Derringer). These were the merchant's and civilian's protection gun. This is my first gun assembled from raw castings I had made from an ORIGINAL COAT PISTOL of mine. Those parts sets are available to builders and can be found elsewhere on the site...... assembled locks are also available for $495. This gun is 40 cal and fully functional. FUN! .......................$1500
I buy and make what I like to have. Besides my own guns, there's antique items: guns, knives, hand-forged traps. There is also my own knives, hawks, traps, and accoutrements.
For those wanting something not available above, I can build it as a special order, whether it's a gun, knife, trap, hawk. A waiting period will apply and may be as short as a few days for a hawk or knife and as long as a year or two for a hand-forged gun. Every item is unique — no two will be exactly the same.
I enjoy researching a style of work and then bring the best aspects from several pieces in the same style or maker to life with my own interpretation of that style, developing a superior product from that.
Terms are $1,000 down payment for a gun, balance prior to delivery. Lead time is usually six months to a year. Satisfaction is guaranteed or your money back.
You can see me at the upcoming shows:
Check back often to see schedule of shows!
If you want more information on any of these events you can email me here:
Perhaps you know just what you want or have seen an old antique that you wish you had. Looking through books with photos of original antiques is a good way to determine what styles you like. Right hand or left. French and Indian War period to the Plains Rifle... all are possible.
We can use store-bought parts or I can hand-forge everything depending on your pocket book and your desire. I always supply my clients with photos of their gun in progress from the beginning pile of parts/materials to the finished piece (shows them that I didn't go to Jamaica with their down payment!).