|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 04-02-2012 02:55 AM||10315 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I was just digging through our archives of photos – I should just take some better ones of a piece like this – but I found some pictures of this rifle case I never posted. There’s hundreds of projects we completed over the years and I wish the earlier ones had been properly photographed. All I can do now is keep up with the high resolution digital images and the photo shoot stunts so we can preserve our portfolio for future generations!
This is a solid cherry / walnut rifle case designed to reproduce a simple case made for Civil War era sniper rifles. this 1841 Wesson is one of the originals in my father’s collection (Stan Saperstein). He portrays Wyman White, a USSS and uses the rifle, case, and accoutrements to provide in character interactive presentations.
The rifle is a 40 caliber that takes a 41 caliber bullet pounded into the muzzle to ensure a tight lock. 120 grains (we’ve only fired it with 60) is a full charge. There are kills recorded at a mile with this style rifle … who knows maybe THIS rifle.
Stan wrote a book entitled “Sharpshooters” – featuring a cast of characters going through the story of how the USSS was formed and maneuvered through the war.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com