These two gentleman are actual gunsmiths and they really do craft longrifles here in the shop.
It was in this shop that many of the most finely crafted North Carolina longrifles were produced during the second half of the 19th century.
This antique European style longrifle hangs over the shop window. The rifles first crafted in the American colonies were patterned after European rifles because the immigrants to the new world were, in fact, Europeans.
The shop includes a working forge for metal work although the hardware for the guns made here at the shop is made elsewhere. It is possible to contract for the gunsmith’s to actually make the hardware themselves but they said it would add about $8000 to the cost of the rifle! So how much would it cost to have them make you a rifle????
Tools of the trade for forging.