Southern Flintlock Rifle Quarter sawn Maple .40 cal

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Project by Minuteman posted 02-27-2009 11:26 PM 8804 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another abandoned stump wood project, Southern Flintlock Rifle Quarter Sawed Maple .40 Cal. I enjoy making Rev War & French and Indian War period. Slower and simplier time, just like the shooting.

Shoots a .395 ball 3fg powder 60 grains with a slow soft push when firing.
This gun is accurate 5 shoots off hand 35 yards you can place a Kennedy half dollar over the pattern.
1 in 60 twist.

I try to build the best rifle I can and still learning everyday.

I might just post my first rifle so people starting to build not to be discouraged but it takes time, practice patience and desire to do the best you can.

I use the rifles in color guard for the Sons of American Revolution. One thing about this gun it is a good target gun.

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#1 posted 02-27-2009 11:43 PM

Another beautiful rifle! Some close-ups would really show the craftsmanship it takes to make one of these rifles. Very impressive work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 02-27-2009 11:47 PM

Absolutely beautiful! My son is a fan of the history regarding this time . . . I will have to share this posting with him!


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#3 posted 02-28-2009 12:26 AM

Wow. Very impressive work.

-- He said wood...

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 12:34 AM

Thats a beautiful rifle.

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 12:40 AM

I’m a long time student of the longrifle and am working on my 3rd rifle, in early Lancaster style with a swamped .54 barrel. I hunt with the flintlock rifle in the Upper Peninsula.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 01:17 AM

I am working on a (2) M1a/M14 laminated stocks two different woods for two built in National Match. I will put some pics up in progress. The stock is done just needs final fitting and finishing. It is bedded. one barrel is 1-11 twist and one is 1-12 twist .308 Cal Have to be ready for the competition season.

I will post the M1 Garand stock I did. I need to make a matching fore arm but the woods I have used dont match the Stock. I think it is a show piece but the fore arm is not right. 30’06 cal

Good Idea, I have a M1 Carbine and might restock with a good bedded stock, to shoot it at Camp Perry Competition.

Building also Mountain rifle half stock 1850 period.

Rev war Peace tomahawk with tobacco bowl on one end.

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 02:24 AM

Stunning piece. I,ve only fired black powder once using a short cavalry musket from the Maori war period in Naw Zealand and I can see how it would be addictive. Looking forward to more.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 03:41 AM

Awesome! I wanna try that.

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 03:44 AM

Great looking piece.

I have a book on building one and will one of these days.

I did make a stock for my Weatherby 7mm Remington mag.

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-28-2009 03:58 AM

Gary Well done excellent looking stock Walnut? Looks like out of the stump with the burl in the shoulder stock behind the comb. Well Done!!!!

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 05:01 AM

Perhaps the Kentucky longrifle is the only firearm that has also taken it’s place as a true form of early American Art, as well as being a functional item. It is also the practical precedent of the application of the then new 2nd amendment. As families moved west to new farm lands in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois they took their longrifles with them for protection and to provide food. They truly were the “people” ....certainly not the National Guard as some opponents of gun ownership prefer to interpret the 2nd amendment.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, different schools of the riflemaking craft developed in Pennslyvania, Maryland, and to a lesser extent, Virginia. Master gunsmiths took on apprentices, and in time each area had distinctive features. Experts today can look at a rifle and tell where it was made, approximately when, and often who the gunsmith was. The Civil War, and the industrial revolution created vast changes in how firearms were manufactured. Even so, the craft never completely died out. Today, there are more fine craftsmen making longrifles than at any time in our history. Check out the Contemporary Longrifle Association,

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 02-28-2009 07:51 AM

Nice wrok & beautiful rifle. I want to try a Lehigh Valley-Allentown next. That is the most radical of the schools. Just like a Sharps, they’re so homely it makes them intriging. What all do the Sons of the Revolution do in your area? They just meet once a month here, so I sort of lost interest and never bothered to finish the paper work.

8iowa, thanks for posting the Contemporary longrifle Assn, I have never heard of them before.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 02-28-2009 09:36 AM

Beautiful!!! I’ve done a .40cal Cherry Tennessee rifle from scratch, except for the barrel and lock, so I like your style.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#14 posted 02-28-2009 09:55 AM

Beautiful work! (I put you on my buddies list to follow your future projects.) I really like the detailing you did on the previous rifle’s cheek piece. Now are these one piece of wood? And what kind of finish do you use?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#15 posted 02-28-2009 11:50 AM


What is the SAR?

The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501©3, corporation that seeks to maintain and extend

  • the institutions of American freedom
  • an appreciation for true patriotism
  • a respect for our national symbols
  • the value of American citizenship
  • the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
    We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.

Our Chapter does a lot. Wreath Across America Program
We work on placing a wreath on every grave of every person that served to sustain our great nation.
We help get stones on unmarked graves of the men and women that served our country from the Revolutionary War period to now.
Eagle Scout Contest
Rumbaugh Oratory Contest open to all young men and women 16 yo and up
Knight Essay Contest Open to all young men and women 16 yo and up

Work with BSA organization
Work with Girl Scout program
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

We recognize the youth of America to reinforce the ideals we grew up with. That have been torn away from the schools. Respect for the flag, the pledge of allegience, what every part of the flag means, patriotic music and why it was written, who wrote it and why.

Patriotic recognition
The Sons of the American Revolution’s purpose, as part of its charter, is to promote Patriotism. One of the methods of promoting Patriotism is to recognize and honor those civilians, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Safety Personnel, or other officials who are non-military personnel with awards for their acts of Patriotism.

This recognition is bestowed for various reasons. It can simply be given for displaying the Flag of the United States. An award might also be given to an individual who puts him/herself in harm’s way to save and/or ensure the lives of others. Recognition is also given to those who have demonstrated long and devoted service to the United States and the American people by serving their local communities.

The reasons for the awards are as varied as the people who make up the United States of America, but they have one common point – promoting all forms of Patriotic acts.

Who we recognize
Those recognized by the Sons of the American Revolution are put forth as outstanding examples of living patriots among us. Many are average people who do extraordinary things. Some are people who happened to be in the right place and acted out of a care for their fellow Americans more than themselves.

The Sons of the American Revolution has honored Judges, Fire Department personnel, Law Enforcement personnel, Senators, Congress Representatives, Presidents, Corporations, Community Councils, Churches, and individuals from all walks of life.

We honor Eagle Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, outstanding JROTC Cadets, and outstanding individuals who represent the future of America in our school systems.

Basically our chapter reinforces the core values we grew up with for our future leaders. The youth of america need a positive roll model.

Our chapter honors our forefathers and mothers that had the initiative to take up the cause to create our country but also honors all the fought for our freedoms.

We get into history. Example Next meeting we have the work of Gen McArthur Staff Photographer being presented from his son. He found a whole trunk of photos never seen before from the WW2 Pacific War.

The next meeting they will be going through all the uniforms and equipage used in the Revolutionary war from the various branches with a joint meeting with DAR and CAR.

Basically you get what you put into it and the right chapter makes the difference. if anyone is interested take a look at the site.

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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