This rifle was made on custom order at the Colonial Williamsburg Gunshop
in 1971 for Donald Frantz of Arkansas. At that time the waiting list for
orders was several years long but the price for this rifle was less than
$1000. Those were the good old days!
Wallace Gusler was the primary builder but he was assisted by
his two apprentices, Jon Laubach and Gerry Abbott and their marks are
found on the barrel.
These pictures were taken and sent in for your viewing pleasure by the current
The stock profile with the long wrist and straight comb is related to
the John Davidson and many other James River Basin makers.
The spiral flower box is like so many made in the Shenandoah Valley of
Virginia. Note the us of a round gouge to make concave leaves in the
engraving. This technique is common in the Valley.
As you look through the pictures of the rifles made at Colonial
Williamsburg in the late 1960s and 1970s you will spot many made from
this same tree. It was cut in a yard near Salem, VA and yielded several
A variation on Valley carving.
This rifle has seen some use. Note the big ding in the carving and
background above the rear lock bolt.
A Bud Siler lock and Bob Paris barrel were used.