G.A. Nordhiem built the finest half stock California rifles, in Yreka, in the 1860's.
Lee Paul built the finest Hawken replicas, in Yreka, in the 1960's. I like to think I
am carrying on a tradition by building the finest flintlock rifles, in Yreka, today. I
could go on about tradition and authenticity and how I don't use power tools and
how I rifle my own barrels etc. etc., but I won't, this has been done too much.
What I do is build the finest functioning flintlock rifles anywhere. I excel in wood
to metal fit, sharp lines and pleasing architecture. I use only the finest barrels
and locks. I can build any of the Pennsylvania schools but prefer to concentrate
on the Lancaster and, Southern mountain rifle areas. I use Green Mountain
barrels on straight barreled guns and Getz and Colraine on swamped barreled
guns. I use the finest touch hole liners, black english flint and L&R or Siler
locks. My rifles are as fast as a flintlock can be made. Seldom do I copy an
original gun. I have been known to use Yeager triggers in a Lancaster trigger
guard and poured pewter nose caps on a German Yeager rifle. Why? Because it
just looks great!
Today there are quite a few rifle smiths building fancy carved and engraved long
rifles that are nice but not great. I build a relatively plain flintlock rifle that
functions perfectly and looks great. I built my first flintlock in 1973 and have
never owned a percussion gun. To say I know a little about flintlocks is an
understatement. After 36 years the only thing that rivals shooting a good
flintlock rifle is driving my 1932 Ford Hotrod!!
Now that you have some idea of where I'm coming from, check out the pictures
of the rifles that I have built. Since I am a full service Gunsmith shop also check
out the many other services that I offer to the shooting public. After you have
seen my work and prices, I hope you will order your next flintlock rifle from me.
It will truly be one of a kind. You will have all of the input you want during the
build process and when finished it is guaranteed to please. After a 3 day
inspection period if you do not feel you received every dimes worth of your
money spent, you can send the gun back and all of your money will be returned.
I don't think you can beat that!