I haven’t made a Winchester-related episode to share on the forum for a while, but I thought some of the history buffs on the forum might enjoy this episode on Old West firearms repair made from a 19th century blacksmith shop here on the ranch. Merry Christmas everyone! Mark
March 25, 2019
September 19, 2014
November 7, 2015
Very nice, that old barn is tangible history. Glad you know the story behind much of it. I have a few of my grand-dad’s old tools, only about 100 years old but still interesting. Glimpse of a different time.
Mark – very enjoyable video. I’ll not be as judgmental to those who did some of the old gun repairs. I’m sure that back then, concerns about impacting the, “collectability” of some of these old working guns would be incomprehensible to their owners. A gun was a tool and it only had value if it worked. I suspect that the emergence of repeating rifles posed additional challenges for the blacksmiths with rudimentary tools and probably not a working base of knowledge for complicated and intricate actions. Take the Colt Lightning for example. Even in current times, getting one to cycle and feed poses significant challenges to gunsmiths with the latest tools. I suspect that back in the day, many repeating rifles spent the end of their lives being used as single-shots.
May 3, 2020
June 4, 2017
Mark, I enjoyed your video and I see how independent a Western Ranch was. Talk about jack of all trades, you break it you fix it. Thanks for the insight. T/R
I am awed by the challenges faced by these Jack-of-all-trades gunsmiths/blacksmiths. I suspect many of the repeating rifles proved too much. I mentioned the Colt Lightning Repeating rifles. Modern gunsmiths with the latest tools and resources have found there is a tremendous learning curve on fixing these rifles. I hadn’t thought this through before, but I can better see the advantage of ordering a single-shot rifle back then vs. a repeater. A single-shot rifle is much more likely to keep working and not let you down. Back then, a rifle letting you down could have been a much bigger deal