Here is where you get to know Doc White, his thinking, his research, his inventions and doings.
Why ‘DOC’? He really is one, with an MD behind his name. He practices medicine in Roosevelt, Utah, has been there since 1968. He did general medicine and surgery for years but his special interest is Gastrointestinal Medicine. He has done more than 22,000 endoscopes since 1974. He still does 6-700 a year. Nothing gives him more delight than saving somebody’s life.
It’s said that when Doc White was two years old his mother gave him a bar of soap and he carved a gun out of it. That is probably an exaggeration, but he has been designing, inventing and making guns ever since he was a little kid. The old Green River Rifleworks was a child of his imagination back in the 70’s. Doc innovated the semi-production system for the superb quality Leman and Hawken rifles produced by GRRW and that is now successfully used by many custom gunmakers, designing the tooling used for production plus crafting the advertising and high quality philosophy that permeated the company.
Despite the closure of GRRW in 1980, a victim of the Carter inflation-recession, he continued to imagineer, developing the ‘White Muzzleloading System’ in 1968, way too early for the marketplace.This advanced system, featuring fast loading, super accurate and powerful slip-fit bullets, finally came to market in 1990. The company was named after him, ‘White Systems’. he designed the elegant inline ‘Super 91’ and Super Safari rifles, engineered the ‘Whitetail’ and ‘Bison’ inlines, and designed the ‘Superslugs’ and ‘Shooting Star’ saboted bullet so successfully used in the rifles. He also designed and engineered the Tominator shotgun, and designed the sidelock Green River Sporting Rifle, and the Javelina inline pistol, as well as many accessories.
White Systems failed in 1995 due to lack of production capacity by their Arizona partners, but the product was too good to leave lie. White Rifles, LLC, Lindon, Utah, assumed the White name in 2001 and marketed Doc-designed products, including the M97 Whitetail Hunter (an enhanced redesign of the old White Whitetail), the M98 Elite Hunter (an improved Super 91) and new Doc-designed bolt action Thunderbolt with 209 or 336 primer. Doc’s newest inventions, including the SCS self-cleaning sabot, the SCB self cleaning bullet, the #336 reloadable primer and the locking block Alpha rifle have never come into production.
During all this, beginning in the 1960’s, Doc built and sold hundreds of traditional sidelock flintlock and percussion rifles, fowlers and pistols. He works on them while he waits for the phone to ring. Like most others, he started with the simple and plain muzzleloading types, and then progressed to the complex. He is now a master of carving, engraving, wire inlay, metal work and ivory and bone inlay. His reproduction Jaeger flintlock rifles are masterpieces. as are his Kentucky rifles. He is one of the few who build double barreled rifles and shotguns from scratch. See examples of his work below.
Here is an elegant Jaeger flintlock rifle-
“I’d like to tell you a few things. I admire this rifle tremendously. I’ve admired your work for quite a while! It is beyond my comprehension how anyone can inlet the ramrod pipes, trigger guard, carve the stock and engrave the brass work such as you have on this rifle. That is to say nothing of the engraving on and your signature on the barrel. You have my sincere appreciation for the quality of your work. It’s obvious this is a labor of love.” “Again, i certainly admire your work. You will be long and well remembered.”
Victor \h. Schaefferkoetter
Here’s another- an elegant flintlock long rifle, carved and engraved. The beast on the left rear of the butt was supposed to be able to kill with a single look. An appropriate motif for a rifle from the Eastern Frontier of 1780.
and finally a double gun built for that elephant in the back yard
Caliber is .83, an 8 bore, shoots a 2 oz. patched round ball. Selous used one like this in Africa in the 1870’s to kill thousands of the big brutes, soley for their ivory.
It looks plain, but takes every bit as much time and craftsmanship to build as any carved and engraved longrifle.
More of Doc’s craftsmanship can be seen in ‘On Sale’, ‘Archives’, ‘Custom Modern’ and ‘Custom Traditional.’ Goto the top of the page and follow the prompts.
An interview with Doc, some years ago, Randy Wakeman compiled answers to a number of questions he asked Doc. they were originally published in Randy’s web page. In the years since, Doc’s answers have remained substantially the same. However, the times have changed, technology has advanced, so DOC has again answered the questions with an eye to our more modern times. He has also grouped the questions in a more refined order, so that subject matter is better concentrated.
Doc also enjoys writing, not only to advertize but especially to educate and entertain. You will find some of those scribblings below. Once again, follow the prompts at the top of the page. Read on! Enjoy! Get to know Doc. Every day another adventure!
There are three main collections plus some short informational articles:
“The White Muzzleloading System– a Revolution in Muzzleloading”.
The first edition of Doc’s book, “The White Muzzleloading System- a Revolution in Muzzleloading” was sold out long ago but is now available to read or copy on this website. We know you’ll enjoy the book. It’s chock full of information about the White System, lots of technical info and ballistics for those so minded and plenty of hunting stories and pictures. It’s a good read. It’ll simplify your muzzleloading hunting, show you how successful muzzleloading hunting can be and erase the mystery and ritual usually associated with it.
The Second (digital) edition now available on this website. Click on the ‘Doc’s Books and Articles’ hyperlink up top then click on the chapter hyperlink you want to see.
“Doc White’s Best”
is a second collection of Doc’s writings, mostly hunting stories (and all of them true) but with a few technical articles thrown in, written over the last 30-40 years. Some have been previously published, some were written for family consumption, the best being added as time allows. Click on Books, scroll down to ‘Doc White’s Best”, then click on the article you would like to see.
“The Adventures of George Grey”
George Grey is the quintessential hunting anti-hero. His adventures are classics. He fumbles, bumbles and flops through life. He loves hunting, especially muzzleloading hunting and makes every mistake there is to make. He’s sneaky, a born cheat, a beggar and a bum. His only positive attribute is that he hardly ever looks back, the past scares him. Follow his adventures as he carroms down the path of life. The humor is sly, dry and droll, but it’ll make you giggle and smile. You might even recognize yourself. Click on ‘Doc’s Books & Articles’, then scroll down to ‘George Grey’. He’s still adventuring along with more laughs on the way.
“Stories, Brags and Banter”
A collection of Doc’s short stories & thoughts, conquests and lessons. Let’s remember that there’s no such thing as failure. If you don’t win, then it’s a lesson. Click on ‘Doc Books and Articles’ up top then follow the links to the story or article you want to see.
Doc is a man for all seasons, interested in everything, but especially in muzzleloading. His vision and thinking are illustrated in his “Ramblings”. Again, click on Doc’s books and Articles’ and follow the prompts.
Doc didn’t invent muzzleloading, but he certainly has contributed to the fund of knowledge and tools that enhance performance. Goto ‘All About Doc” up top, then click on “Doc’s Designs and Inventions.” You might also want to take a look at “Products” as Doc designed or developed most of the items listed there, and/or developed the tools to make them.
“Doc’s latest adventure“- a photo journey of his adventuring over the past few years. Hunts, guns, Rendezvous, all fun stuff.
“Doc’s past adventures”– a lifetime of adventure in a fascinating world.