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White Tominator, used but with brand new White Thunder barreled action, which is exactly the same as the Tominator, including the straight rifles barrel for 90% first shot patterns. Original Tominator laminated stock in great condition with all original parts. Extra full .690 choke included. DOC’s .660 SuperTurkey choke available at extra cost.    



Early English Doglock Fowler, 12 bore,  made  in England  about 1680-1700,  the gun from which  the later NW gun  evolved.  You can see the later NW Gun lines in this early gun. The simple  brass  buttplate, the spoon shaped  but  shallower iron trigger guard, the large lock with  doglock safety.  Bigger is always better with flintlocks, within reason. Bigger means more sparks! This one sparks really well,  sparks  pop and sizzle in the pan.      


The ‘Dog’ on the lock  is an external  hooked  safety which securely holds the cock   out of battery.  When correctly done, the dog  is knocked out  of the way when the lock  is  cocked. This dog  works just fine, as you can see in the photos below.

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 The doglock is held by three screws which also hold the classic serpent/dragon. Dragons were magical and made the gun   fierce and dangerous.  Had to be right scary if you were on the receiving end.


There are double  7/16 inch pipes under the barrel to hold the  tapered ramrod.

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There is a simple raised decoration around the tang  and teardrops behind the lock panels,  almost always seen on later NorthWest  guns.


The trigger guard is forged iron. The tang bolt extends from  the trigger  guard up into the tang. A tang bolt extending from the tang to the guard or a trigger plate is a mark of a much later gun.


Even with the 12 bore barrel, the gun  is  light and handy, about 7 lbs with a 13 3/4″ pull.


#893- Bridger Hawken,  .58 cal. Colerain barrel, AAA maple, antique rust blued barrel, German silver roundels , real silver plated nose-cap, furniture case hardened in color. Brand new, never fired.  



Classic fullstock flintlock Hawken rifle in 50  caliber, 7/8″ octagon barrel by Douglas,   fat sparking Twigg late flintlock, flat to the wrist trigger guard, long bar DST, Double bolted tang, 3/8″ ramrod, All iron furniture,  all brown, Modina style patchbox, excellent AAA maple fullstock. 8 lbs.  Much lighter than the usual Hawken.     


#728 Kings German Legion (KGL) Rifle-

Here comes a Kings German Legion Rifle, used by George’s personal regiment of mounted troops, known to be extremely professional and effective in the Napoleonic conflicts. This short rifle has a 62 caliber, swamped octagon 28.5″ barrel mounted in a Long Land style fullstock, which means it looks  a lot like a short Brown Bess with a Baker style flintlock and  iron ramrod. There was no bayonet or sling swivel. The rifle was carried in a boot. The walnut is elegant, as were many of the originals, the King personally picking up the bill for accutrements.  



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The lock and  tang are  beautifully  case hardened in colour.  The walnut is especially colorful as well.  Only the best for the King’s personal troops.

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The KGL Rifle looks  a lot like the earlier ‘ American’  rifle, used by the Brits in our Revolution. The KGL  cavalry was among the first to use horses for fast transportation, then dismounting to fight on foot. The rifle gave them the advantage of accuracy at a distance.


This will make a terrific hunting rifle. It’s short and handy, throws a big ball for big game, has an iron ramrod, double leaf rear sights and broad butt to reduce felt recoil. It’s a hard to beat combination.


#824- GRRW style Poor Boy, in honor of my great friend Greg Roberts, his original design, iron mounted fullstock,  15/16″  diameter barrel  42″ long  and 50 caliber,  AA maple, Siler flintlock, forged iron furniture, really cast but looks like it was forged,  nail in nose of butt, antler toe plate, no buttplate, single trigger,  grease hole.  


Sorry, but you will have to kill your own bear for grease in the grease hole.




#893- Bridger Hawken RIfle with 58 cal. Colerain barrel, AAA dark stained maple stock, case hardened in color furniture, antique rust blued barrel, all the classic Hawken features.  

Colerain barrel 58 cal. , 32″ long, antique rust blue.


Hawken long-bar DST, double bolted to long tang. Very strong.


AAA maple with dark stain and varnish finish.


Double pinned rear pipe, double keyed forearm with German silver surrounds. Fore-end cap is real silver plated


The Hawken’s engineering genius lies before you, the long tang and double long DST bar, with double bolts for immense strength. 

831- GRRW-Collectors Association H-12 Hawken, 62 caliber,  DELIVERED AND READY TO RAMBLE. Superb maple, barrel by Colerain, all traditional Hawken ,  finished in dark iron.   




#832-  GRRW-CA H-17 Hawken 58 caliber, another handsome addition to the Hawken family.  This one again with superb maple, old stored but new GRRW   tapered barrel, finished in blue, silver and case hardened in in color.  





#789-  This gun was stunted from birth,  the buttstock was cracked and the fore-end crooked , so I amputated to save its life and it became a Blanket Gun. Made me feel like a Civil war surgeon.  The Indians may have hidden these guns under blankets but they were more often used horseback like a heavy dragoon pistol, one shot then it became a club. I  applied  a few tacks to Indian it up some, and it grew some beads and feathers, too.


The barrel was custom made by Kelley, about 14″ long, tapered and banded. The lock is an English Trade lock by Davis, the trigger is meant to be pulled with two fingers, just like your Indian buddy  pulls a bowstring.

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 NorthWest guns came with all kinds of finishes,  this one was rust blued in the old fashion.  The trigger guard has been left in the white, nicely polished,  because the originals were , too.  

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 The barrel is marked with my cipher, plus  LONDON and  a tombstone fox  on the top flat, a blossom with TB on the oblique flat, along with  GRRW  CA   NW o3,  (third NW Gun built by the CA), since it has become one of the new GRRW Collecror’s Ass’n guns.



#808- Here is  a Rigby style Sporting Rifle in 451 caliber with 1-20 twist and shallow .035  grooves for long, heavy slip-fit bullets, same specs and bullets as those used in  White  brand rifles.  Walnut pistol grip stock, plain but excellent grain,   super-strong  Manton Breech,  Henry  percussion lock with drip bar  and Henry fore-end,  all iron furniture finished antique rust blue with browned barrel. Tuned single  trigger   for fine shooting,  graduated  three leaf rear sight, hooded front  sight.  sptgriflerigby241fullrightd

These Sporting Rifles were designed for both sporting and target use.  The originals were designed by Whitworth. a genius in his own  time, ten inch groups at 1000 yards were not uncommon.  A 460 to 520  grain slip fit  lubricated bullet and 70-80 grains of fffG black powder  is not only accurate but takes game down dramatically, with more than 1200 ft lbs. of energy left at 200 yards. Substitute powders like PyrodexP and 777  work just as well, I especially like Blackhorn 209 with a 5 grain  black powder igniter.

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These rifles were the predecessors of the  heavy bullet Buffalo guns of the 1860’s. You can shoot this .451 rifle like a 45-70, a 45-90 or a 45-120 if you wish, depending only on the  weight of  bullet and powder charge. They are functionally elegant  and shoot circles around other  lesser muzzleloading rifles.  For  long range target or hunting, they can’t be beat.

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Here’s a mature gal , an original White Whitetail rifle with an early serial, WB392. Since White started the WB serials   at 200, this is the 192nd  blued Whitetail rifle produced.  504 caliber,  22 ”  tapered barrel, blued finish, Bold trigger, well cared for.  


The action has been bedded and the barrel accurized.,  shoots nice tight groups at  105 yards using 70 grains of PyroP  and a 430  grain White slip fit bullet.  I was shooting rocks and all my bullets hit in the same white mark on the red sandstone with single elbow rest over the hood of my GMC.  Uses the #11 cap.

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 I had   an  extra  Bushnell   ScopeCheif  3-9 scope, one of the better ones, with  Weaver bases and forward  Quad Band  rings,  which  are  included. Considering this gal’s age, I was surprized at how well she performed.  

WHITE SYSTEMS GRAND ALASKAN.  The first of only 5 made in 1995 and so marked. 24″ bull barrel in .54o caliber with 1-32 twist for 545 to 750 grain slip-fit bullets. Timney trigger, Series S internals just like a Super 91. Laminate stock. Aluminum ramrod. Never fired. A White rarity. 

Suggested load- 200 grains Pyrodex P with 750 grain White bullet, 1450 FPS, 4000+ Ft. Lbs. energy. This load killed an elephant in the late 90’s! Knocks bull elk over like tenpins.


#WT   –  White Thunder 12 ga shotgun, almost new, hardly used, excellent condition, with original pac of extra chokes. Straight rifled barrel for superb patterns, vented rib, black maple stock with inch thick recoil pad, adjustable rifle trigger. whitethunderalmostnewfulrt

The gun is light and handles well, about 6 lbs.  Super Turkey 90% first shot choke available at extra cost.  New design breechplug with removable nipple.  Musket nipples available.


 #808-  Introducing a flight of the imagination- what might have been!  Bridger Hawken  for   heavy  slugs  up to 600 grains,  half-stock with .500 caliber 1-24,  fast twist,  shallow .040 groove barrel  shoots  elongated lubricated slip-fit bullets, what eventually would have developed in such mountain rifles if cartridges had not come along, Whitworth /White style.   


Maple is AAA, conformation classic late  Bridger Hawken. The internal barrel dimensions are the same as any .500 caliber White inline rifle, like the Super 91 or Model 98  and will shoot every bit as well, with the same bullets. 2 inch groups at 200 yards are not uncommon

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Bullets used  are  slip-fit, sized 1/1oooth less than the land to land diameter of the barrel,  sliding easily down a dirty bore for a quick reload yet super accurate and plenty powerful, with more than 1700 ft. lbs of energy left at 200 yards with maximum loads.

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Bullets used commonly weigh 400-600 grains and are fired with with up to 150 grains black powder or substitute, easily the equivalent of a 50-140. I am getting to like BlackHorn 209 with a 5 grain black powder igniter.

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This baby  has got his big boy pants up, with tapered  antique rust blued barrel, case hardened and colored tang, buttplate, trigger guard, rear pipe  and lock,  also fitted  with long bar double bolted long bar DST , 2 under-lugs with keys  and silver surrounds  and  a  heavy ramrod in the best Bridger Hawken fashion.  It’s as truly traditional as I could make it  and  should  shoot  as good as it looks.

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Not only has  this bad boy  grown up  with color case hardened iron furniture, antique rust blued barrel  and  German  silver roundels   but also has a  real silver plated  fore-end tip,  and a long adjustable rear sight like Gemmer used for accurate long range shooting.

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 The maple is elegant AAA. If it shoots as good as it  looks, it will  ‘shine’.


Here it is.  Handsomer  frontier rifles don’t exist.  And shootable!  Fully the equivalent of the later 50-140 black powder cartridge.  

#890    NorthWest gun in 50 caliber smoothbore. Reproduction of an early one often seen in gunshows,  new and apparently unused. Very plain but sturdy walnut stock, antique rust blued barrel and lock, trigger guard stained dark with time, brass dragon and buttplate nailed on, like the original.  




#891- Mississippi Rifle- re-stock by frontier smith in 4A maple. Trooper claims horse rolled on it. Truth is, twas broken in a drunken brawl.  


NorthWest Gun, converted to percussion,  24 bore, brass buttplate  with 2 screws,  brass  serpent sidelate and pipes   but  with iron trigger guard.  SOLD IN THE WHITE FOR THE CLIENT TO FINISH


 The barrel has been cut back to 33 inches from the original 42. There were three pipes originally, cutting the barrel at 33 inches leaves the two pipes  pretty much equidistant, as if it had been originally made that way.


The percussion drum and nipple serve admirably on a hunting gun intended for rough use. The drum is  a simple solution to percussing a formerly flintlock weapon, it’s  easy to remove for fast repairs if needed  and makes cleaning simple.

the  trigger guard is wide and deep with a big trigger,  meant to be easily used in cold weather with mittins and pulled with two fingers, like your  Indian buddy pulls his bow.


The gun is light  and  handy, yet  is capable of throwing a heavy ball  at big game  or enemies.  It loads fast in a pinch  with naked ball but will shoot cup sized groups at 50 yards if patched.  It will  also shoot a palm full of  shot  if the opportunity  to sluice a covey of birds  presents.  No wonder it was a favorite, widely traded on the American, and African frontier.


#672- Wheelock by Zelner, made in the 16th century in Austria,  I have had the lock for 35 years, I had intended to stock a rifle using it, but I doubt that I have the skill to justify the effort. It’s probably worth more by itself than it is in a restocked rifle. It really belongs in a museum.

This original lock is by Caspar Zelner, one of a family who made guns in Austria in the 1500’s.  The lock dates from probably the late part of that century. He was a well known maker. It has stimulated me to build several wheel-locks. 


#816 Early Snapphaunce rifle, modeled after the snaphaunce musket brought over by John Forbes perhaps on the Mayflower. If you want a really early rifle, this is it. The Forbes gun was made probably about 1590-1610.  


The barrel is a Colerain, 50 caliber swamped, 38 inches long, the lock manufactured by Doc. The stock is plain walnut,  commonly used early on. There is no figure but the wood is lovely with solid, tight grain, oil finished. I know that it looks clumsy, but it throws up to the shoulder a lot better  than you would think, the trigger is soft and fully controllable and it sparks nicely. Locktime is far faster than you would think.  I quite like it.

Snapper50RifleCloseLock  It’s also safer than later flintlocks, simply because you can flip the frizzen open yet cover the priming with the pan cover.

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The snaphaunce was an early flintlock, featuring the horizontal sear of the even earlier wheelock, an open frizzen which requires a pan cover and a mechanism to open it on fall of the hammer plus a big spring to actuate all the moving parts. Sounds clumsy and complicated and it was, compared to the later true flintlock with vertical sear and combination frizzen and pan cover. But many were imported into the New World during the 1600’s and early 1700’s. They were the best there was at the time.

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#661- 8 bore double ‘smoothbore  rifle’, that’s 83 caliber, in a beautiful, close-grained, very solid walnut stock, meant to shoot a 2 oz. patched ball at truly big stuff, like rhino and elephant. Barrels are 24 inches long, side by side, regulated to group at 25 yards with up to 300 grains black powder. Weight came out at about 12+ lbs. Should be a grand back up gun. I even bought a Led-Sled just so I could regulate this one. 

And this is what we end up with, a symphony of blue, brown and silver fit for any elephant in the world, think of the music it will play in the jungle.
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The African hunter Selous talks about using such guns as this at 10-15 yards on elephant, of course with a back up gun or two and a loader at his elbow for each. He carried coarse powder loose in a bag over one shoulder and hardened balls in another over the other shoulder, loading powder ‘by the handful’. Only the first shot was patched. Any load after the first was bare ball for speed. He took pride in putting down a half dozen of the big gray brutes in a flurry of shooting, then going on to another herd. And all this for just the ivory. He made a fortune doing it. Think of all the adventure! think of all the risk!. Think of all the hard work. Ugh. 

#  1001A  – White  G-Series  Whitetail rifle by DOC,  25 inch tapered new old stored barrel in 504 caliber, fast 1-24 twist, shallow .035 grooves by Criterion, best barrel White ever used. Solid maple stock designed and executed by Doc with inch  thick recoil pad, Timney adjustable trigger, sling swivels (not shown)


There is a solid Weaver rail with Weaver forward mount rings and Delrin ramrod with built in cleaning jag.  The stock is particularly ergonomic and functionally elegant.  

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The trigger safety is on the right, the bolt handle with built in secondary safety on the left, like a modern sub-machine gun.  White’s doc-designed nipple-breechplug uses a #11 percussion cap.  This rifle is very accurate with a Harvester  ribbed sabot and  Harvester  300 gr.  .45  caliber bullet  and  alsothe old  White 45 caliber 360 grain bullet, again in the Harvester ribbed sabot.  I have plenty of  the 45-360  bullets on hand.  



#828-   You are looking in on  the conception of a French 20 gauge side by side double fowler by Borsos with fancy brass furniture. French fowlers were slim and light, quick to the shoulder for fast jump shooting. 


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Look at that buttplate,  it wraps around the butt on all sides,  is deeply chisled with game scenes and matches the trigger guard and pipes.  There is a hooked standing breech, side by side double flintlocks, double triggers of course, and an iron ramrod with brass trumpet  tip.  Hopefully, it has  grown  into a slim and elegant French lass that will  shoot just as good as she  looks.


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The wrist is small,  a little wider than thick,  French style.  The lock panels taper to the rear to accomodate the smaller  wrist.  The flintlocks  have been ‘ Frenchified’ with a heart shape at the rear of the plate.  Sorry you can’t see the detail,  but the trigger guard is beautifully chisled,, matching the buttplate and is most graceful. The fore-arm  tapers  to a slim point.  The wrist medallion is elegant.

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This French lass got slimmer by the minute. The barrels are breeched  tapering to the rear,  the side by side flintlocks are  accuated by  double triggers, the front fires the right barrel and the rear trigger the left.   It  has been  proofed with a 12 gauge load.   The fore pipes  are  iron, the rear brass,  with decoration  matching the trigger guard.  



The  barrels are  ribbed. In this case,  following the French fashion,  the ribs are concave both top and bottom. The ramrod  is  1/4 inch iron with a trumpet brass tip.  The French  pioneered the use  of iron ramrods both in sporting and  military arms.  The barrels are 28″ long,  pull is 14.5″ to the front trigger, about an inch longer than most originals. Weight is going to hit about 5.5 lbs.  The walnut  got stained English Red  then soaked in pine oil, the barrels   antique rust browned, the locks are already   antique iron oxide blacked.  


#823  North West  Gun – This  lovely lady is  the very first    GRRW Collector’s  Association  High Grade NW  Gun  and is so marked on the barrel.  The walnut is quite fancy, wish you could  better  see the figure. It  sports  an  antique rust blued barrel and color   cased  lock  and  trigger guard. It’s 20 bore for ball or shot.  


Barrel is by Kelly, octagon to round, 20 bore for ball or shot, antique  rust  blued.

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The flintlock is an English trade lock by Chambers. Sparks wonderfully. Don’t start any fires in the woods.

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The walnut is swirled in many colors, exactly wrong for a  slim long gun, so it got strengthened with 2 iron rods through the wrist.

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Seven screw buttplate, real silver wrist eschutcheon.

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The case colored trigger guard is an attractive touch.

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The pipes are a bit fancier than usual but very much in the NW Gun tradition.


This young lady  is all  grown  up.  She has shown up   right elegant.

#811- You are getting in on the conception of an English Sporting Rifle by Fairbanks, .62 caliber with slow twist for high velocity. Tapered barrel 36″ long, Manton hooked breech, long tang double bolted through the wrist, DST in English psuedo pistol grip trigger guard, ebony forend, under-rib with two pipes, sling swivels, wide checkered butplate to hold to the shoulder and soak up recoil, double fore-end keys in silver roundels, Express sights.  


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Rifles like this shoot a heavy ball with less than 2″ apogee out to 100 yards. Kicks pretty good, but who notices it when the bull of the woods is the target. That is a lovely chunk of figured walnut by the way. 

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The fore-end tip is Ebony.  The long tang is double bolted to the trigger plate.

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The breeching is Manton style with a drip bar, strongest percussion system ever developed. 


 The trigger guard handles like a pistol grip.  Very  ergonomic  and  comfortable!

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The iron cap box  that fits the buttplate  is spring loaded, opens and closes with   a snap.  The rear sight is ramp adjustable and can be used like a  peep.  The ramrod is a stout 7/16th thick  with an iron tip.  The  Double Set Trigger is unusual in this type of rifle, single set triggers were more common  but far more fragile  and less useful in the long run. 


There is no better muzzleloading hunting rifle than an English Sporting Rifle!


#821-  Rigby style English Sporting Rifle in 451 caliber with fast  1-18 twist for elongated, heavy  400-500+ grain slip-fit bullets,  ready for target or the hunt.


Gorgeous  4A  tiger maple stock, rubber butt pad (to mimic early English leather covered pads), single  trigger, all iron furniture finished antique rust blue, Manton percussion breech with Henry percussion lock and  fore-arm treatment.    


The stock is  finished deep brown with English red highlights, the barrel browned and  the furniture antique rust blued. The barrel is 32 inches long and tapered.  There is a fancy blued iron grip-cap, a  single barrel key with German silver  decorative  surrounds.

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My favorite load with this bore/rifling  combo  is a 520 grain slip-fit, channelured, lubricated bullet over 70 grains of 3F black powder and #11 cap. I’ve seen 4 inch groups at 600 yards with this load, rare, but achievable.


I’ve also seen big game  hammered  down by similar rifles and loads. My personal longest one shot kill with  a  .45  caliber,  435  grain bullet: 240 yards on a big Barren Ground caribou.


#800- Presenting a British  Sporting Rifle in .451 caliber for slip-fit elongated bullets. The twist is 1-20, the rifling .035 deep, a 460 grain bullet should be very accurate out of this Kelly barrel.Note the elegance of the walnut. All furniture is iron, except the roundels on the fore-arm and  an ebony fore-arm tip.


This baby has grown up into a right handsome and elegant brute.

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The rifle is  ready to shoot, the scope   more traditional than you would think. They became common after the wars of the 1860’s.  Barrel is browned, all other iron furniture is  deep antique rust blued, almost black.


Some think a rubber recoil pad is not traditional. Not so! The English were using leather covered  rubber recoil pads as early as the 1850’s. 


Our client not only wanted a traditional scope but also a peep. He chose an adjustable Lyman. It worked out far better than I thought it would.

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This guy works and hunts in Alaska. Watch out , big bears and moose.


#776 Here comes my ‘favorite’ Hawken Rifle. My friend Bill Fuller once owned the original. It sports one of the last GRRW barrels that I have held on to over the years, one and 1/16th ” diameter octagon,  58 caliber,  an extra 38″ long. 


That long barrel has a slow 1-72″ twist and deep grooves for patched ball, accurate with heavy loads on big game.  I’ve taken many deer, elk and buffalo with a .570 ball loaded with thick patch over 200 gr. of FFg Black Powder.

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You can  get an idea what the original was like when first built. The maple is gorgrous, AAA. It has been stained dark the old fashioned way with Aqua Fortis and heat then soaked in Pine Oil. It will get even darker with years of use and sun exposure.

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The metal is deep heat browned then waxed. The key surrounds and fore-stock cap  are made of (German) silver. Weight is right where the original was, 12 lbs. Those old trappers were a tough bunch. Carrying a gun this heavy around for years would have helped. No sling, even! But they did usually ride a horse!

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The tang is double bolted to the Double Set Trigger bar. The trigger guard screws into the DST bar at the front and is screwed onto the bar at the rear. The arrangement is very strong. The Hawkens were good engineers.


#818-  Custom Rifle by Doc with G-series Whitetail action modified with big square recoil lug, Criterion 504 caliber  22″ taper barrel, 1-14 twist,  shallow grooves, same as  that used on the White M97,  Marble adjustable open rear ramp sight with red fiber-optik front, Timney trigger, Delrin ramrod with cleaning jag,  Weaver scope bases and Weaver forward 1″ scope rings. The stock is lovely tiger maple finished with pebbled clear epoxy.  


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The front and rear sights and the peep can be adjusted separately. The scope mounts stay on the rifle with the peep, which has been carefully modified to accomodate both, but the peep slide will have to be removed to mount a scope.

#1235 – New Custom  G-Series  Rifle by DOC,  tapered  .451  caliber  26 inch long  barrel by Kelley with 1-20 twist, shallow grooves for DOC’s famous  long, fast loading  bullets. The action has been   modified  with a big recoil lug, Timney trigger and Weaver scope bases installed.  Stock is strong, tough maple with an inch thick recoil pad, the new one by Remington  and  sling swivels. Ramrod is double brass ended Delrin with cleaning jag,  all parts new old stored parts by White. The steel is finished with  tough black Dura-Coat, the maple  is an  attractive  lightly pebbled  black metallic.  Stainless steel trigger guard.




#H-031  here is the thirty-first Hawken rifle that Green River Rifle Works built,  54 caliber, marked  near the breech  with  caliber  and  serial # H-031,  first year of production.  There is no maker’s mark on this rifle,  the addition of the   maker’s  mark  came along later,  but the rifle has all the hallmarks of Carl Walker’s work. He was the first smith, Guardell Powell came later. Likely Carl made it.

The original owner,  Clair Sias , who ordered it at the very first Bridger Rendezvous in 1972,  left for the  Lord’s  Hunting Grounds  recently, his widow is reluctantly putting the rifle on the blanket. 


This rifle has a  one  inch  diameter octagon Douglas barrel with 1-66 twist  and deep grooves  for  patch and  round ball. The rifling is clean and sharp and looks good.  The rifle was clean and sparkling  with only a few tiny use marks  when I received it. It hasn’t been used for years.  It’s obviously had good care.

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  The  lock appears to be an early production Cherry Corners.  They were used extensively before Ron Long came out with his excellent Hawken percussion lock.  The hammer-nipple fit is perfect. The sidelock bolt surround is iron, as is all the furniture.

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The stock is figured maple with original GRRW finish.  The cheekpeice is the usual beavertail, the buttplate narrow, the ferrules  3/8th inch ID  and plain as was usual with early GRRW production.  This gun was rasped from a plank by the smith. There were no carved stocks at that time. The German silver eschutcheon  seen on the top of the right hand buttstock is an aftermarket addition, nicely inletted.

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  The  slim key surrounds are typical of early GRRW  Hawkens with the thicker key used at that time.  The nose-cap is pewter, both features of early GRRW Hawkens.  By the way, there are original Hawkens with pewter nosecaps.

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Notice the quality of the inletting  around the tang.  This is where amateurs usually screw up. The DST functions both with rear trigger set  (let-off  is nicely delicate) or by a harder pull on the front trigger. It can be cocked with the front trigger unset.


All the furniture is browned, with a few minor shiny places on sharp corners in the usual places. This was done by the  traditional  old time slow rust method in a ‘wet room’ with GRRW brown, a sure fire poison if you drank it. The front sight is low and all brass. Later sights had copper or brass bases with German silver blades.  The ramrod is  a  fiberglass replacement, due to get replaced by a more traditional  hickory  ramrod. 

This is a fine, well-kept early GRRW Hawken  worthy  to sit in the finest collection, shoot on the target line or hunt, as it was originally designed to do.

#XXXX-I’ve designated this one XXXX because that’s what’s on the action in place of a serial number.  This is a brand new G-Series Whitetail rifle with an XXXX marked  G-Series  action, a 26 inch tapered .451 barrel with shallow grooves and 1-20 twist by Kelly, new but old stored parts and a new tough black metallic finished maple stock designed  by DOC.    


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The rifle, which is essentially a Doc-marked White Whitetail, is equipped with a Bold adjustable trigger, Marble adjustable ramp front and rear sights, sling swivels, Delrin brass  double ended ramrod with cleaning jag and Weaver scope bases.


The recoil pad is an inch thick and is the new elasto-polymer by Remington. It really soaks up recoil. The rifle is bedded and accurized by DOC. Guaranteed as usual.

#769- Here’s a Jim Bridger Hawken. AAA maple stock, Green Mountain 58 caliber barrel 1 1/8th inches octagon X 32 inches long, All iron accutrements including the iron  key roundels, plus  all the classic Hawken features.  This is  be GRRW-CA #H04. ie- Green River RifleWorks Collectors Association Bridger Hawken #4  


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This youngster is all grown up and ready to shoot.


#809-  Rigby style Sporting Rifle, this one   in .451 caliber with 1-20 twist and shallow grooves for elongated slip fit bullets. Again, the all iron furniture is antique rust blued, barrel is rust browned. there is a  DST in this instance,  with  ebony end-cap, under-rib and two thimbles.


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That checkered buttplate is iron, antique rust blued.

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The patent breech is the super-strong Manton syle with drip-bar and hook.  The tang is long to support the tall rear sight.  Two bolts hold the DST/Trigger Guard combination to the long tang, a very strong arrangement. The forend is complete with ebony fore-end tip, iron rear thimble, single barrel key and silver roundels. 


I have see rifles like this one shoot into 4 inches at 600 yards under perfect conditions with a 500 grain lubed slip-fit bullet over 70 grains of black powder.


#814 –  Here’s a Side by side 12 bore flintlock fowling piece by Applegate,  in the best British style. All the components and elegance of the modern side by side shotgun were present in these early fowlers. They handle very nicely.  SOLD


The  barrels are GBQ steel,  bored modified and full.  The  Egg flintlocks are  inset into the breeches  for a slimmer breech.  The double triggers  fire front trigger- right barrel amd rear trigger-left barrel.   There is early   1760 style  checkering at the wrist and an engraved and chisled  thumb piece.

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The locks are fine sparkers. Trigger pull to fire time seems as good as any modern shotgun. This set-up is Quick!

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The  trigger guard is  the always popular English scroll.   The  triggers are adjusted to pull off at about 3-4 lbs.  The fore-stock is complete with key,  German silver roundels and tip ferrule. The barrels are browned and  all the  other  iron work antique rust blued.


It’s already been proof fired with 110 gr 3Fg black powder and 1 7/8th oz shot. Shoots good. Holds good. SOLD

#737- The birth pangs of this Griffith steel mounted 12 bore fowler are over, born with a Colerain octagon-round 44 ” barrel, nice solid walnut  with a bit of figure in the buttstock, steel furniture from the Rifle Shoppe, all exceptionally beautiful castings, steel 1/4″ ramrod.     


The barrel is browned. The larger iron parts are antique hot rust blued, some few parts are fire blued.

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The lock is a Twigg, not only beautiful but a grand sparker. Trigger pill is crisp, about 3 lbs. Stock finish started with a soak in pine oil then Laural Mountain stock varnish in many thin coats.

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The muzzle has been fitted with a Colonial brand screw-in and out choke tube. It can be fired with ball using the .730 choke or a tighter one fitted for tight  patterns with shot. 


Notice: no screws in the trigger guard. It fits the slot with a couple of sliders fitted tightly to fittings in the wood under the trigger guard. It’s all held in place with a single pin up front. It’s an elegant set-up but finicky to set up and fit.


Load 100 grains FFg black powder, 1 7/8 oz. #7 shot,  for fantastic patterns


Found a rare one, a DOC-designed MTI M97  Whitetail  Hunter in .504 caliber. Pristine bore, laminate stock with recoil pad in great shape, finest quality 22 inch,  7 groove  Criterion barrel with DOC-designed truncated rifling, Bold adjustable trigger, aircraft aluminum ramrod with cleaning jag, accurized by DOC.


There is a set of blued steel extended scope mounts by Warne, an adjustable   green fiber optik two-dot rear and red-dot front sight by Marble, all  3 original equipment. (see  photos  below)

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The action is a G-Series, same as on the original White Whitetail and Bison rifles, with the cocking handle on the left, just like on modern sub-machine guns and for the same reason. It’s faster to cock with the weak left hand while holding  the rifle with strong right hand, finger ready to trigger.


The M97 Whitetail Hunter is a rare find, only a few thousand made. This one is as good as they come.  Buy it before someone sneaks it away under your nose.  $700 OBO

DOC’s experimental M95 Mauser-bolt action muzzleloader.  


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#819- Custom Super Safari rifle in 451 caliber, all standard Super Safari features plus a Lyman peep especially designed for White back in the old days.




#786-  You are witnessing the birth of an Brass  mounted JAEGER, sporting an AAAA tigered fullstock, Jack Haugh flintlock, Colerain 50 caliber swamped 38″ barrel, DST,  high tensile aluminum  ramrod and sliding wood patch box cover. The barrel is   browned, the stock is   finished dark, Eoropean style. Decoration is semi-sporting/military. This is the kind of custom rifle an Austrian JaegerCorps officer might have carried for duty in America, then had restocked in native maple because of battle damage.  


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This baby is all   grown up and dressed fancy, just  needs a coming out party.  The figure in the maple is truly magnificent. The wood is had as a rock and very difficult to carve. I had to   wait until the artistic juices were really boiling before I attemped  this one.There  is some nice cast-in engraving in the brass furniture. It has  ended up a slim and pretty American lass, much less chunky than those bulky German girls.  SOLD


#813-  CUSTOM BISON-   


Here’s  a new Custom Bison , the bull  barrel trimmed to one inch diameter, 24+  inches long,  (the originals had a 20 inch barrel) , 504 caliber, with  a new Doc-designed  custom stock in tough maple, designed specifically for use with a scope.  Old stored original Bison  parts   complete the action. The trigger is  by  Bold, same as on a Mauser bolt rifle, adjustable for weight of pull. This paricular rifle already mounts Weaver  scope bases,  with a  dovetailed  leaf adjustable open  rear  and brass bead  front  sights,  with black matte  Dura-Coat finish on  the barreled action and black  metallic paint on the  stock.



#820 – Custom White Bison in 504 caliber by DOC, who designed the Bison in the first place. The barrel is by Criterion, the best and most accurate barrel White ever used, with DOC-designed truncated shallow 7 groove rifling, 1-24 twist, 24+ inches long, one inch diameter.  The recoil lug is glassed for enhanced accuracy.  The stock is tough maple, again designed by DOC, with a broad inch thick butt-pad. This Bison mounts a fully adjustable Lyman 57A rear peep with a red bead front. The ramrod is double brass-ended Delrin with built in cleaning jag. The finish is black Dura-coat on both wood and metal. 


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#815- Here is a finely crafted Hawken  flintlock rifle in 50 caliber by John Berensen, signed with his initials, made back in the 70’s. It is so beautiful it doesn’t need explanation. I doubt that it has ever been fired. The maple is AAAA, the parts finest quality. Condition is pristine, fine work beautifully executed, the only sign of wear a few scratches on the frizzen. 

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The patchbox opens with the small button on the toe plate. The patchbox is the Modena style in iron.

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#812- Harper’s Ferry edition of  the  Springfield 1816 musket.  69 caliber smoothbore with 1824 dated lock, sparks beautifully. Used by the US military (and the Confederacy) clear into the  Civil War because of its simplicity and low cost and upkeep.


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Here it  is, all grown up, but you can see how manly it is. It has  muscled out with all parts, is  assembled and  ready to campaign.  I had originally thought that all 1816’s presented with a  bright military metal finish but discovered that model II’s, which this one is, were browned, except for springs and screws, with an oil finish for the stock.  

#669- Dutch 8 bore  fowler, direct copy of an early pre-Revolution arm,  with 50 inch long barrel by Rayl, early Dutch flintlock, brass furniture, Dutch influenced carving  and engraving, the perfect piece for a re-enactor from Hoboken.  Would do well as either a punt gun or wall gun for fort defense.  


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#822- The CHEAPO Sorting Rifle is finally  born. I did this one to show you how to build an inexpensive but quality bullet rifle using the White Shooting System, ie- elongated slip fit bullets.  Caliber .451 with fast 1-20 twist, shallow grooves for .450 caliber 460-500 grain bullets. With 80 g.r Pyrodex P and a White 460 grain Super Slug I  scored consistent hits at 365 yards even with my old eyes.CheapoSptgRifleFullRightFIN


it’s pretty plain with one inch diameter round bull barrel 32 inches long, black painted finish, rubber recoil pad but all parts quality, including the percussion lock and Williams  adjustable sights. But it’s half the price of a fancy one.

#797- Here is a Baker Infantry Rifle . much used by British  skirmishers in the Napoleonic wars. This one with blued barrel, case hardened lock and tang, better walnut than usual,  the wood  very solid and sturdy. The parts are very authentic. The Baker rifle is a favorite of mine for flintlock hunting. The 62 caliber is perfect for elk and big deer and the design is elegantly functional.


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#813- The re-creation of a restocked fowling piece, done in the old northeast by a Dutch influenced master from a miscellany of assorted British, Dutch and German iron parts.


The trigger guard is Dutch, probably from an early officer’s musket, the pipes are German as is the sidelock plate. Both probably came off a Jaeger rifle. The French flintlock is about as  pretty  a  lock as there is. It’s not highly decorated but the lines and function are elegant.  The deeply curved under-belly of the buttstock is typical of Dutch influenced guns.


The bas-relief carving on this gun is simple yet has an understated elegance.



#785 Presenting a workaday version of a sporting Jaeger rifle, made for the local trade, originally with modestly decorated iron furniture, rather plain but nicely configured walnut stock, again with modest decoration, , a 31″ Colerain barrel in 50 caliber, single trigger, single   leaf rear sight, and custom made engraved  flintlock which sparks like crazy.





#805- Here we present a later percussion J&S. Hawken marked iron mounted full-stock rifle with a new, never used 15/16th X 38 inch Green Mountain 54 caliber barrel in a fairly plain but sturdy maple stock.


The lock copies one used by the Hawkens, with engraving and a handsome hammer. The breech is classic Hawken, with long tang double bolted through the wrist to the long-bar double-set trigger and slanted hooked breech. The tacks copy a pattern seen on an original. Maybe it once belonged to the Ute warrior  chief  Ouray.


#700 Here’s a very early 1720 all iron mounted Brown Bess musket all grown up, ca: 1720. Tower marked bannanna lock, wooden ramrod, no fore-end cap, very nice chunk of solid grained walnut, entirely traditional. The barrel is 77 caliber as usual but a full 44 inches long, fitted for bayonet.



#779- The adventure of a Broadbutt 10 bore Doglock Colonial Fowler. This is a truly simple gun. There are only seven parts: a Broadbutt stock without buttplate, a sheet iron trigger guard and simple pinned trigger, two sheet iron ferrules, a barrel and a lock. And the lock is simplicity itself. Any colonial blacksmith could build one using a hammer and a file and many probably did.


The original colonial fowler is illustrated in “Flintlock Fowlers”. It shows a trigger guard that looks like it was made from an old gate handle. This one was indeed made from a gate handle, only brand new and never used.


#823-  GRRW CA H-1- A reproduction of my ‘Favorite’ Hawken. Now ready for delivery, done as original as I can get it, with case hardened and antique  rust blued furniture. See my article on ‘the Traditional Hawken”. This the GRRW Collector’s Ass’n H-1 Hawken, the very first one.


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The GRRW Collectors Association sponsors a newsletter which is free for the asking featuring the history and times of Green River Rifle Works. A few of the old GRRW gunsmiths are still active and are producing custom copies of the Hawken and Leman rifles that GRRW originally manufactured. If you want to join the Association, goto GRRW Collectors Association, on the net. If you want a gun like this one. get in touch and get in line. Production is slow and meticulous.

#825-  Doc-built early experimental M-90 in .330 caliber for a 275 grain slip fit bullet over 40-60 grains PyrodexP. One of the first ten M-90’s made. Douglas barrel, stainless early action with spring-loaded bolt detent and M-70 like thumb safety.


#824-Doc designed Experimental M-90, #x0006 (sixth out the first ten experimental M90 White R1fles). Walnut stock with pleasant figure, Douglas barrel in .368 caliber for 300 grain slip-fit bullets, 1-16 fast twist, shallow groove, of course. Stainless early action with spring loaded bolt detent, M70-like safety, Dayton-Traister trigger,


#820- White prototype M-90 in .451 caliber, # ooo4, hand stamped and signed by DOC


This is a rifle I never thought I would see again. The first model of the S-Series White rifles was the M-90. There were 10 prototypes, each one a little different and 60 production rifles, all of them built by me. They sold in a flash in late 1990. The next model was the famous S-91 of which there are thousands. This is the fourth  M-90  prototype, marked x0004. It has a blued .451 Douglas barrel with a 1-20 twist, shallow grooves, 24″ long, with a stainless action, pull cock, early swing safety and early spring-loaded hammer-body detent.