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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
Master Gunsmith


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.


I do not ship any products outside of the U.S.


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If you visit my site often, hit your F5 key to refresh the pages and get the latest updates.




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.



Firearm Shipping Regulations as of May, 2023


Click here for the latest regulations as I get them.






I am informing everyone that as of July 1, 2023, I am no longer taking custom orders for guns or doing any repair work.


I am just too overwhelmed with current work and need to finish the orders on hand as quickly as possible.

I will be still be running out kits and doing consignments as usual. My goal is to get to a point where I can build what I want for a change and then sell them as they are finished. Anyone who has a gun on order or repair work, please be patient with me. Life and health have slowed me down but I am still working everyday to get caught up on the work.


Thanks for your understanding.





Just Listed:

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More coming soon!






American Pistol Kit

.50 or .54 swamped 10" Rice barrels

Curly maple or walnut stock

Click here to order.


Delivery time is about 2-3 weeks now.


Now cut for the nosecap!



Pistol Stock Seconds

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!

Click here to see what I have.




Grumpy Gunsmith of Williamsburg



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The Soap Box

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

It will be difficult.





Thought for the week:


Does anyone realize that all the volcanoes and wildfires negate everything we do to stop global warming? We're screwed no matter what we do.





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





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