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I RARELY HAVE COMPLETED GUNS FOR SALE OFF THE SHELF, but here are three beauties ready to go to work for you!!!


1. Beautiful polled Axe. Hand-forged one-piece head with Case-hardened cutting edge and colorful Finnish. Long curly Maple Haft is octagonal and ergonomic. Not a thrower, this head is wedged-on for serious work! $159.

2. Two Plug Bayonets French-American style ca. 1680-1720, forged from files. .69 cal tapered friction fit into the Bore. Appropriate for FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR re-enactors. Razor sharp. No sheath (make your own). The guard is a tool: top arm is a small hammer and the bottom arm is a turn-screw! All period correct!! $395.

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Plug Bayonet "KIT" Forged and tempered File blade 12" Sheath by C. Fournier... snug. Nice! .69 (or smaller) turned grip. 1/4" hole drilled thru. Apple or hickory. Cast guard in Brass or Nickel silver. American version of French style circa 1700-1750. ............. $225



Plug Bayonets: .69 cal. Hand forged blades. Sheaths by C. Fournier. Snug and fitted. Very nice!! -Left: 11 3/4"x 1 5/16" blade from file Center seam sheath w belt loop. Applewood grip. .69 cal. Friction fit. Forged guard is a hammer and screwdriver in the French style $450 -Rights: 10 1/4"x 1 7/16" fullered blade. Hickory grip .69 cal. Forged guard also hammer and turnscrew. Sheath w belt flap and fitted for the ball on the grip. ........................$475



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

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Texas Bowie Hand forged 9 1/8"x 2 1/8" sharp clip fighting blade with decorative RATTLESNAKE filed on top!! Texas Star sheath by C. Fournier. File branded maple grip won't slip! Hand forged steel guard and mounts Excellent patina on the blade..$595

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I always have an inventory ready for immediate shipment. Some items for immediate sale are shown above.

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!).

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