View Full Version : Old gunsmithing books

08-19-2005, 09:52 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations for books that show the kind of tools and techniques that were used in making guns between 1700 and 1800? I found "The American Gunsmith" by Harry Kauffman. Any opinions on this one?


08-20-2005, 08:11 AM
there's one called "the Gunsmith of Grenville County" by a guy called Peter Alexander. Not sure where or how you'd find it...maybe www.alibris.com (http://www.alibris.com) (great site for out of print books 'n stuff). Its mainly on the Kentucky long rifle I believe...good luck


08-20-2005, 12:16 PM
Try "Foxfire 5" by Eliot Wigginton.
You will find information on the entire process from forging barrels to making locks
the way it was done in the USA many years ago. This is a very good book and not expensive. I am fortunate enough to have five of this series of books and would not part with them.They were published by "Anchor Press/ Doubleday,Garden City,New York 1979" I know you will like this book.

08-20-2005, 12:38 PM
It isn't abook but it's the best period video on gun making I've ever seen.

Here is a little write up:

Here's where to get it:

The smith builds a rifle from flat steel for the barrel to include rifling and straightening. He melts down old brass parts for the hardware and hews a stock from a blank.

I think they make two guns a year in Colonial Williamsburg. They are presentation grade and have been sold for up to 20k.


08-20-2005, 02:08 PM
Go to trackofthewolf.com they have many books. Great site for flintlock lovers. Uncrichie...

Peter S
08-20-2005, 05:36 PM

I have found that Alibris can be pretty pricey - I don't quite know how they work, they seem to be selling books that others are advertising also.

I like either Abebooks or Bookfinder, booksellers all over the world list their books here - they both seem good.



If anyone knows of better sites, please let me know! I suppose e-bay has siphoned off a lot of book sales? I haven't tried looking there yet.