“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."
"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
"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."
"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
"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
in my eyes!)
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Ми молимося за вас.
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Gunsmith of the Past, in the Present, building for the Future
I am a one-man shop producing one
of a kind custom 18th and 19th century firearms. I also carry
period knives, axes, tomahawks.
I also produce early Trade Gun
and Pistol kits as well as supplies to finish your kit.
Please keep in mind that I
work from home and do not have a storefront.
If you visit my
site often, hit your F5 key to refresh the pages and get the latest
Always looking for consignment guns!
Got a gun collecting dust in the closet?
Now is the time to sell.
Matchlocks, wheel locks, flintlock, percussion, 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.
Grumpy Gunsmith of Williamsburg
Check them out by
I have people looking for guns
and gun parts.
have some guns or gun parts laying around please consider consigning
them with me. My inventory is low but the demand is high. Now is
the time to part with those dusty pieces in the corner!
Click here to
get the consignment form and listing details.
Due to the rising costs of doing business
some changes are being made here at the shop.
I currently have two accounts to be able
to process credit cards, one for the website Shopping Cart and
one for phone or in person charges. Since website orders have
declined over the past year, as of September 30, 2022 I will no
longer be offering the option of a "Shopping Cart".
To purchases items such as kits, knives,
tomahawks, finishing supplies, etc., you will need to call or
email me with your order and I will figure the shipping cost and
then email you an invoice through which you can securely pay
through my card processor
directly with a credit/debt card. You can also send a check with
a copy of the invoice. If you call, I can also take your card
info over the phone if you desire. (No card info is ever
Thank you for your understanding and
I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes but doing this will
save me $200 or more in processing fees each month.
Pistol Stock Seconds
More have been added!
When running stocks, there are always a few
that just don't make it as first quality for various reasons.
They are all usable and most of the flaws will not be seen when
finished. These are sold at discounted prices. Grab one quick as
these generally don't last long!
here to see what I have.
This is a copy of the
Bullard Rifle just off the bench.
Click on image to see
Click on the image for more
American Pistol Kit
.50 or .54 swamped 10" Rice barrels
Curly maple or walnut stock
Delivery time is about 2 weeks
All backorders are caught up.
Shipping new orders now.
for more listings!
The Soap Box
I will try to
keep my personal views of the world confined to this
It will be
forget what can happen when the government is in
charge of national security. They knew the
attack was coming but chose not to act.
guns handy and your ammo dry!
Thought for the week:
If you are in a relationship, one of you better
have good credit.
That's why it's called "Significant" other.
HABLA ESPAÑOL, Ya'll
is America. I should not have to "press 1 for English"
much less "press 3 for Arabic"!!
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