Pre-orders opening next month
Colonial Rifle Kit
Above: Rough outline of the profile. Master buttplate made from high density polyurethane foam board (butterboard). Below: Master of the guard, buttplate and pipes.
We are so happy about all the excitement for the next kit and wanted to share an update on its development.
The new Colonial Rifle kit will be pre-rev war (1760's - 1770's) rifle in styling, brass mounted and available in .50 and .54 calibers. It will have a round faced English lock. The buttplate will be a little over 2" wide and a touch over 5" tall. The barrel will be 1.125" at the breech, taper to around .800" and flare to around .870". The barrel length will be 43.25". The kit will be available with a wood patchbox . It will only be available in right hand (sorry lefties).
We are working very hard to get this kit out before the end of the year. Jim has finished up the masters for the hardware and will be making the wax-injection molds over the next week. It is not yet available for pre-sale, but should be soon.
All the care that has gone into our first kit will go into this one as well. It will be as easy or easier to assemble than our Southern Mountain Rifle kit. We feel pretty good about so far and think it's going to be a kick ass rifle. It should be priced starting at $995.
After this rifle, there will be more projects to come. Maybe a full blown English fowling piece, perhaps a Lehigh rifle and maybe a trade gun as well. Time will tell... Any thoughts?
Besides developing new projects, we're continually pushing forward trying to improve our product even more. We're proud of it's quality and how it's set a new standard for muzzleloading kits, but also know it can be better. We have ideas to make production more efficient on our end and assembly even easier. Everything takes time, but we'll get there.
Thanks so much for all the support. We've been at this only a year and a half or so and at the outset, we really didn't know what to expect. The reception has far exceeded what we ever imagined. So thanks to all of our customers and those who have contributed to the endeavor.
Until we are ready to open up the doors for pre-orders, we are keeping an email list of folks who will be notified before the general public and have the first option to pre-order the Colonial Kit. We are expecting the email to go out next month. If you would like to added to this list, please fill out the form below.
Thanks to everyone's support, we are expanding!
This has been an adventure of a year. One year ago in late October 2015, Jim and I first announced and offered the Southern Mountain Rifle Kit for pre-order. Six months later, in April of this year the first kits went out the door and in that time we have shipped over 200 kits (with many more on order) and we have done all of this from our little home workshop. We would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this project and helped it be so successful.
The New Shop
We are in the process of moving production out of our tiny home workshop and into a real workshop that we are building next door. This is exciting on so many levels. We are going to get the wood out of the living room and keep the sawdust out of our cereal. When we offered the kits for sale last October, we didn’t anticipate the response and we have definitely outgrown the space where Jim has been making his custom guns for years. This expansion is going to help us be more efficient and give our customers the best product possible. It will even allow us to start working on adding new styles and projects. We are able to grow because of the amazing support that we have received from our customers.
Meet the Team
We have a small in-house team (and HUGE team of vendors and suppliers) and there is no way we could have done this all by ourselves. I would like to say 'Thank You!' to everyone who has been working with us and been so committed to raising the bar for muzzleloaders.
I know a lot of you may already be familiar with Jim, but I wanted to introduce you to our little team.
A very fresh-faced Jim started making flintlocks as a hobby in a converted coat closet when he was still in high school. He attended Ohio State and had a career as a metallurgical engineer until he was able to turn his hobby into a livelihood by making custom flintlocks about 8 years ago.
Just last year he was able to combine his artistic and engineering sides of his brain when he developed the CNC carved Southern Mountain Rifle Kit. Jim will be getting back to working on custom projects again when the space of the new shop allows.
Katherine & Hugo
Jim and I (Katherine) met in early 2014. He won me over when he showed me a picture of his silver inlaid fowler. (photo here) I knew nothing about these old guns, but I immediately fell in love with the artistry and history and I decided to stick around. I was half-heartedly working as an accountant and instead started putting my efforts into spreading the word and trying to bring new people into the world of gunsmithing while also getting Jim's work out into the world by putting together his website.
I am Jim’s right-hand woman and I combine my accounting background with my creative bent to help take care of all sorts of entrepreneurial tasks: advertising, photography, computer and technology, bookkeeping, shipping, and customer service. The photo is of me and my 8-year old son Hugo. I look forward to having a little studio in the new workshop to do some of my own artwork as well.
Walt works with us a few days a week and does a little bit of everything. Walt worked for many years as an accountant and he is one hell of a worker.
Walt works on a little bit of everything from injecting the wax for castings to assembling the triggers. There are a number of parts that go into each kit, and each part is specifically chosen and/or made as a perfect fit to the stock and the overall quality that we are trying to put forth. He is a huge help. We couldn’t do it without him.
Little Dog is our 3-legged, deaf shop mutt. She lost her leg because prior owners didn't know she couldn't hear the car, under which she was sleeping, started up and ran her over. She never got a proper name since she can't hear.
She came with us last year to spend 10 days in class at NMLRA Gunsmithing Seminar at Western Kentucky University. She kept all the students company and would sneak treats from certain students who couldn't resist her particular form of 'pathetic charm'. She will be joining us again this June.
We love getting photos of customers’ completed projects. If you would like to share pictures of your project for me to post on the Kit Gun Gallery on our website, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Next Kit
The next kit, while not officially in the works yet, should be started in the next year. It will be an earlier, bigger gun that can be carved and can be finished as a Pennsylvania or Virginia rifle. I have started keeping a list of folks who want to be notified when it comes for sale so send me an email if you would like to be added.
Until next time!
Jim: 330-223-1775 or 330-341-0675
Jan 14 - 20, 2017 - spots available
Jan 21 -27, 2017 - FULL
Due to the popularity of last year's class, a second week-long class has been added.
18th Century Artisan Show
Feb 3 & 4, 2017
Open to the public
This is a fun show that is open to the public in a fantastic facility. Last year was our first year and we can't wait to go back. We will be in the 'Supplier Room'.
NMLRA Gunsmithing Seminar
May 31 - June 9, 2017
The 6-day Southern Mountain Rifle Kit Assembly class has a 3-day expansion option to allow for a patchbox, grease hole, or nose cap.
Contemporary Longrifle Association
Aug 18 - 19, 2017
In our new booth location at the end of the big room, we will again have kits that customers can get their hands on as well as finishing and carving supplies.
The new shop! We will be able to welcome visitors and customers in our new 40 x 72 foot facility.
.32 Caliber Southern Mountain Rifle Kit
$250.00 - $970.00
.36 Caliber Southern Mountain Rifle Kit
$250.00 - $970.00
.40 Caliber Southern Mountain Rifle Kit
$250.00 - $970.00
.45 Calibler Southern Mountain Rifle Kit
$250.00 - $970.00
Iron Nitrate Gun Stock Stain
Jim and I are at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green this week. I will be sharing photos and video of it here! The official website for the seminar is http://www.nmlragunsmithingseminar.org/ which is in it's 35th year!
The videos can be found at our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK-DUN4pHdQm-yeIDchwuzQ
Day 3 of Building a Pipe Axe with George Suiter
Day 1 of Building a Kibler Mountain Rifle Kit
Jim Kibler--maker of flintlock rifles.