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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-15-2015, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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where can I get a custom flintlock from/made. been to dixons, thinking somewhere else. thanks
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-16-2015, 12:05 AM
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Depends on you time frame and wants I guess. If your gonna do it once and right than Allen Martin is the man. He will help you figure it out or steer you in the right direction. His username here is same as the name or search him on the web, he has a website with contacts.

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As a customer of Allen's, I'll vouch for the rifles he produces and his relationship with his customers. I won't say no one else does likewise, but I'd be hard pressed to imagine anyone doing it better.
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There are lots of competent custom builders out there (and a handful of really amazing guys). If you want to see numbers of rifles, you can peruse websites like Track of the Wolf that have guns for sale by various builders. In that case you won't be able to special order for a particular length of pull or a special personalized inlay or anything, but most people can use "standard" dimensions in a longrifle well enough and you'd have lots of options. Tennessee Valley Muzzleloading would be a semi-custom shop and they also have a website with lots of photos and a reasonable number of options. That said, if you find a good builder and establish a relationship, you can get precisely what you want (style, caliber, right/lefthand, inlays, length of pull, materials, etc. etc.).
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Not sure where in Pa. You are, but The 18th Century Artisans Show is in Lewisburg. This year it is 5-6 Feb., and provides a wealth of styles and builders wares, to peruse and chat with.

But be aware, you will see many things you want! And when you see "the gun" you just need to own, the next booth's display of guns will question that thought!

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Not sure where in Pa. You are, but The 18th Century Artisans Show is in Lewisburg. This year it is 5-6 Feb., and provides a wealth of styles and builders wares, to peruse and chat with.

But be aware, you will see many things you want! And when you see "the gun" you just need to own, the next booth's display of guns will question that thought!
^^^This. (And Rusty, hopefully I get to at least say hi to you and to Matt again this year, if not grab a burger or something with you guys while there.)

Lewisburg is the place to go when you're not sure what you want to do exactly. You'll get to see so much stuff it'll make your head spin, and plan to spend the day, because the builders are all friendly and more than willing to talk and help you understand the stuff you're looking at.

The first time I went, I was honestly underwhelmed but the size, thinking, "Huh, this is it?"

Then I got to talking to people and looking at what was there and realized that, unlike a general "outdoors show" where I might want to talk to someone at one booth in ten, or maybe 20, that I walk by....at Lewisburg, you'll see something of interest at EVERY booth.

I can easily spend a day there. Easily.
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Good information. This event is now on my list of things to do.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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Good deal. Take a notebook. Seriously.
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There are many builders. Depends what you want. If you want historical correct then tvm and track won't cut it.


Here is a custom from a very good builder. Built me exactly what I wanted for a reasonable price.
A Martin is the high end rifle.
More detail than I wanted. Then again I like shimmel type rifles.

That rifle was copied from an unsigned original the builder owns. Dated to between 1820 to 1840 from the Lehigh Valley area.
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Good deal. Take a notebook. Seriously.
And not all your cards!

You will go there planning to just look and maybe pick up a couple of nice trinkets or accessories. Then all of a sudden, you see a really beautiful "Ginger" type of Gun. Or maybe a nice sleek little "Maryann" for in brush country. You pick Her up, and the heft, length of pull, and other attributes draw you in.

Then this guy shows up on your shoulder to chat! And he is a persistent little cuss!

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