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Customer's Comments

Unlike so many others associated with Living History, you actually produce super authentic items and satisfy customer’s requests in a timely manner. I’ve been absolutely delighted with everything you’ve ever done or made for me.” Mike C.-New York

“I have been and am now the proud owner of several Clay Smith’s guns and have nothing but high praise for his workmanship. The quality of the fit and finish, historic accuracy and the shooting ability are unsurpassed. They shoulder as if they are part of your anatomy.” Dave M.-Virginia


"Thank you for a lovely knife which will remind me of the Williamsburg craftsmen I knew and the ones I still know today." George M.-Illinois

"I wanted to thank you for your hard work and beautiful craftsmanship. The gun is a fantastic showpiece that is a welcome addition to our home." Jerry B.-Kentucky


"Rifle came yesterday afternoon! WOW. It was well worth the wait, I knew you were a good craftsman by your reputation but I did not know you were this good! I can not wait to zero it in and fire it and show it off at the range." John A.-New York

"The rifle arrived and it is fantastic. I have never seen one to rival it. Your artistry is awe-inspiring...I feel really lucky to have acquired this gun." Jeff H.-Louisiana


"In my opinion, this is the finest set of dueling pistols made in America in recent history." Ed Rayl-West Virginia


"Musket just arrived. Think it is the most beautiful thing that I own. Great job. Thanks." Steve M.-California

"The gun arrived yesterday and it's excellent! It feels much lighter in the hand than I expected and it's very well balanced. I won't get a chance to shoot it for a little bit, but I look forward to trying it out for the first time, I know it will be an excellent shooter! Thank you very much for an excellent gun that I'm proud to own." Eli D.-Vermont

"Got home last night to find a very long box on the front porch.  Being a trained and experienced law enforcement officer I was able to deduce that a rifle was most probably inside the package.  You had said "It turned out nice".  That is an understatement.  What I got is a very fine rifle indeed.  Everything I asked for and as much as I could have hoped for.  I am really impressed  with the inletting.  The curl on the wood is especially fine.  My only regret is that it will be the week end before I can shoot it. Thank you very much it has been a pleasure doing business with you.  I hope we can do further projects in the future." Larry Z.-Oklahoma


"Today the 3 damascus hunting knives arrived in good order. I'm impressed beyond my expectations;  the best workmanship I've seen in a long time.  As good a quality as a modern Bo Randall  blade ... at 1/2  the  price. Terrific customer service TOO. Best regards."- J. Reeves- Louisiana


Another satisfied customer.

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Clay Smith, gunsmith, Colonial Williamsburg, Kentucky rifle, pistol, tomahawk, blackpowder, flintlock, percussion, muzzleloading custom guns, pouch, powderhorn, gun kit, fowler, trade gun, gunsmith, fusil, rifle, pistol, knives, knife damascus, used new, patch knife, skinning knife, custom knives, Indian trade, smoothbore, consignment guns, used guns, Pennsylvania rifle, AR, AR15, custom AR, custom AR upper, custom AR15 upper, watch, pendent watch, archery, flatbow, bamboo arrow, wood arrow, Indian bow


Clay Smith
Master Gunsmith

Gunsmith of the Past, in the Present, building for the Future


Returned Checks and Charge backs:
Our policy is simple; there is a $25 fee for a returned check or chargeback.

*6% Va. state tax will be added to any in-state orders or items picked up within the state.


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Quote for the week:

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance". Franklin P. Jones



New Listings:


 Virginia longrifle in .50 with a 42" oct-rd barrel and iron mounts. Click here


Original Enfield Snider breech loader in .577 (mint bore) with bayonet. Click here


Original Rolling Block rifle in .43 Spanish(?) with bayonet. Click here


Engraved and carved Christian Springs/ American Jager rifle in .54. Click here


Coming up:       

Also have another collection that just came in which includes:


1. Bruce LePage made guns; H. Nock copy, dbl flint shot gun, silver mounted gun with 3 Getz barrels

2. Henry and Samuel Nock original fowlers

3. Bretta commemorative cased percussion gun, one of first 1,000  Unfired

4. Flint shotgun Bbl 12 gauge

5. C. Sharps 50/70 with reloading gear

6. Shotgun 8 gauge Bbl percussion

7. Lenard Day swivel breech flint rifle 54

8. Springfield 1862 musket original  

9. Belgium Shotgun 20 gauge percussion with stag carved in stock

Plus other goodies.


Just received 18 guns including the above to sell. I will get them photographed and posted as soon as possible.

If interested in anything before then, email me.






Due to going back to work full time at Colonial Williamsburg, I am not able to take on any more custom orders until I get caught up on the current work. For all who have orders with me, I beg your patience and understanding. With the help of my wife doing paperwork and plenty of caffeine, I am working diligently to complete all orders as quickly as possible.

Thank you.





I need all types of consignment guns and accessories.

 If you have something to sell, let me know. New or old, muzzle loading or cartridge, let me save you the hassle of selling it yourself. I do all the work, you get a check.

Click here for a form with the details on consigning with me.





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Buy a $50 gift certificate for only $40!

That's 10% off! Good for a whole year! Buy several and give to friends!






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