Colonial flintlock rifles are usually classified according to ‘school’. A gunsmithing school is typically designated by the region where the piece was constructed. A sample of Pennsylvania gunmaking schools include Allentown/Bethlehem, Berks, Bucks, Christian Springs, Lancaster, Lebanan and York among others. Stock architecture, carving, engraving and other features of a rifle may be very similar to other rifles made by a maker (or a maker’s journeymen and apprentices) or other competing makers in the area. These features may also evolve (or devolve) when a journeymen becomes a master and open his own shop. The lineage of rifle features can sometimes be attributed to a master/apprentice relationship or location of other rifles.
The rifles in the gallery are pieces that I have made that represent styles of various schools.
The following gallery contains some accouterments that I have made to exercise some gunsmithing techniques in a different medium.