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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, archery, flatbow, bamboo arrow, wood arrow, Indian bow, Military surplus, Enfield, Mauser, Japanese rifle, German rifle, consignment guns


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.

7% Va. state tax will be added to any in-state orders or items picked up within the state.

Due to processing fees all orders over $2000 that are paid with a credit card will incur a 3% 'non-cash' fee.

Personal checks, money orders and cash are always welcome


Please keep in mind that I work from home and do not have a storefront.


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Since most of us are doing the self-isolation and so many events are canceled, I guarantee this website is Covid-19 free and online shopping is safe and a great way to pass the time and be ready for getting outside again.


Gun and ammunition sales have gone into frenzy mode across the nation. I myself have been averaging 3-4 consignment guns sold per week.


I am also working on gun orders and repairs as usual but shipments going out may be a bit slower as we are having FedEx pick up orders only twice a week. USPS is still delivering and picking up daily.


Items may be picked up in person but social distancing will be in place. Please call before stopping by for instructions on picking up and paying for your items. (Actually I have been practicing social-distancing all of my life so no hardship for me.)


My wife Debbie and I have been very Covid-19 cautious and we make sure all items are virus free when packed for shipping. I don't know what precautions the carriers are taking so if you are concerned that any packages you receive have been handled by anyone who might be contagious, wear gloves and wipe down the exterior of any packages with disinfectant before handling and opening. This is what we are doing with any incoming packages ourselves. 


Hope everyone reading this is healthy and doing everything possible to stay that way until this all settles back to normal.




Always looking for consignment guns!


Got a gun collecting dust in the closet?


 Now is the time to sell.

Matchlocks, wheel locks, flintlock, percussion. Anything from the 1950s and earlier, military or civilian weapons. Let me know what you have and I'll help you sell it.


Click here to get the consignment form and listing details.







Guns are coming and going fast!


If you see one you want, don't wait too long.

"The gun you thought about today and decide to buy tomorrow, someone else thought about yesterday and bought today."



 More are being posted as fast as I can! Please check back often.

Hit the button below to see what's on hand right now.


Guns on Hand




Posted 9/18/2020

A beautiful English flint hunting rifle by Jurgen Kreckel Sold

A beautifully finished out Chamber's pistol Info


Posted 9/26/2020

A very nice longrifle by Ed Perry Info

Lee Enfield #4 MkI* R.O.F. Maltby - Yorkshire 1943 Sold

Colt M1903 hammerless pocket pistol in .32acp Sold


Posted 9/29/2020

Rare 1910 "Low Number" Springfield 1903 rifle Info


Posted 10/12/2020

 Rare GEW 98 rifle marked J.P. Sauer & Sohns 1916 Sold

 Rare GEW98 Stern (Star) Gewehr by Amberg 1916 Info


Posted 10/22/2020

Rare First Year 1964 Pre Ban Colt AR-15 SP1 rifle Sold

Rare GEW98 rifle by Kornbusch & Co. 1916 Info

American Flint Pistol with Walnut stock semi-kit Info






Stay tuned for more listings!


Just got in 3 rare Garand M1 rifles

and 1 more rare GEW98 German rifle









The Soap Box

I will try to keep my personal views of the world confined to this space.

It will be difficult.




So once law abiding citizens turn in their guns, how do we protect ourselves from criminals who still have their guns and the government that wants to suppress more of our Constitutional Rights?

Yes, I agree that there are some people who are not mentally mature enough to own a firearm and should not be allowed to have access to one. But until we can come up with a logical way to weed out this minute percentage of the population, please don't curtail the rights of the millions of mentally stable law abiding citizens.

My profound apologies to our Founding Fathers. They knew by studying history that any government will become corrupt and begin falling apart given enough time. A Constitution and a Bill of Rights will only work if the people and their elected officials adhere to the principles set forth in the documents. Yes times change, the basic principles should not. 




Thought for the week:

If life is a bowl of cherries, why are mine flambé?



This is America. I should not have to "press 1 for English" much less "press 3 for Arabic"!!





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