The Martin's Station Rifle Project
of Wilderness Road State Park commissioned craftsmen Richard Sullivan, Mike
Miller, and Martin Station's own Andy Thomas to craft and build an authentic
Meet the Master Gunmakers of the Martin's Station Rifle Project
Mike Miller and Andy Thomas Richard Sullivan
The Gunsmith Shop
Malcolm Knight of Chesapeake, VA
winner of the Martin's Station rifle! (Accepted by his wife).
Joseph Martin of Arizona
winner of the Shot Bag, Knife and Powder Horn!
Progression of the Rifle
Richard Sullivan and Jason Lannon forging the barrel during 2010 Raid. Rough-forged barrel.
Rough-forged barrel different angle.
Casting Trigger Guard - August 15, 2010
Heating the crucible in forge. Pouring the brass into the flask.
View of trigger guard after separating the flask. Authentic sand-cast trigger guard.
Trigger guard from different angle. Trigger guard and butt plate rough filed.
Casting Butt Plate - August 27, 2010
Setting the master mold. Packing the sand into the flask.
Melting the brass in the crucible.
Cleaning the crucible after the pour. Scraping away the sand.
Authentic sand-cast butt plate. Trigger guard and butt plate rough filed.
Making Screws - September 12, 2010
Filing the taper into the screw. Checking diameter size.
Finish filing before threading. Swaging the screw head.
Marking the threads. Cutting the threads.
Reaming the Barrel - Oct. 21-24, 2010
at Colonial Williamsburg
Richard Sullivan setting up reaming machine. Beginning the reaming process.
Ryan turning reaming wheel.
Richard Sullivan firing the forge. First bit used during the reaming process.
Passing first bit through the barrel.
Inletting the Barrel Channel
Tools used to inlet barrel channel.
Working on the Ramrod Pipe and Trigger
Peening the ears of ramrod pipe. Rolling pipe around madrel.
Ramrod pipes rough shaped. Forging the trigger.
Forging Lock Bolts
Rough shaping the lock bolt. Andy Thomas' unique bolt vice.
More rough shaping of lock bolt. Final filing of lock bolt.
Swaging lock bolt head. Shaving lock bolt head.
Threading bolt. Finished lock bolt.
Forged Lock Parts
Marking the lock plate. Mike Miller's rough forged lock parts.
Cast sheet brass. Cutting the patchbox hinge.
Drilling the pin holes. Shaping the patchbox lid.
Using the brass from the steam holes for pins. Patchbox pinned and hinged.
Forging the patchbox catch spring. Catch spring rough filed.
Catch spring read to fit to stock.
Inletting the Lock
Inletting the Butt Plate
Readying the Barrel
Inletting the Trigger and Sideplate
Rough-Shaped Breech Stock
Carving the Tang, Wrist and Toes Area
Inletting the Patchbox
Forming the Nose Plate
Installing the Thumbpiece
Ramrod and Tailpiece
Staining the Rifle
Finishing up the rifle!
The Martin's Station rifle project was conducted by the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park.