EARL KATHAN, GUNSMITH
GUN REPAIR FOR GOOD OLD GUNS
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Future President of Ducks Unlimited

German Potsdam Dragoon FLintlock Pistol

Scottish  "Murdoch" flintlock Pistol

1728 French Infantry Flintlock Musket

BRITISH

BLUNDERBUSS / MUSKETOONS

GERMAN / PRUSSIAN

AMERICAN

1777 French "Charleville" Musket

FLINTLOCK PISTOLS

FOR ORDERING

Contact - Kathy

          603-835-9047      

ekkathan@myfairpoint.net

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FRENCH

1777 French Carbine

If you have come to our website in search of a gunsmith specializing in the area of early black powder muzzleloaders, then be sure to click on the SERVICES page to the left to learn more about what we can do for you and your musket or pistol and to find information about the services we provide.

We provide live firing flintlock muzzleloaders, pistols & blunderbuss for sale as well as professional gunsmith services for all makes and models of black powder firearms.  We specialize in early black powder firearms to keep your flintlocks, miquelets, and percussion firearms looking good and shooting reliably. 

Short Land Patternl Brown Bess Flintlock

Long Land Brown Bess Flintlock

British Heavy Dragoon Flintlock Pistol

Elliott Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol

We now accept

DISCOVER cards too!!!

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1854 Austrian Lorenz - Smooth bore

English Dog Lock Flintlock Pistol

1720 French Flintlock Pistol

Blued - Steel Barreled Blunderbuss

Brass Barreled Coach Blunderbuss

1842 US Springfield

East India Pattern Bess

1690s French Fusil

FLINTLOCK TIPS-n-TRICKS.

British Sea Service Pistol

Inventory
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09/27/14

British Brass Barreled Blunderbuss

French Brass Barreled Blunderbuss

English Dog Lock Musket

FLINTLOCK SALES & GUNSMITHING

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Go to the ACCESSORIES page for other cool items.  Also, don't forget to check out the USED guns page.  Could be a good deal waiting for you!

1795  US Springfield

Blunderbuss Pistol w/ Spring bayonet

Blunderbuss Pistol w/ Spring bayonet


See Special Projects HERE

1768 French Infantry Musket

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Indian Trade Musket "WILSON"

Dog Lock Blunderbuss

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Step back into the 16th century to fire flintlock muzzleloaders when we introduce you to an Acworth, New Hampshire gunsmith who has forged a family business out of his love of history and predilection for tinkering with all things mechanical.

Forging History

From Out & About

Watch Episode #4


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FLINTLOCK & PERCUSSION MUSKETS

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Spanish Pistol

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MATCHLOCK HUNTING STORY


My dad taught me to hunt and do everything that the out of doors has to offer when I was young.  He helped me get my first deer at the age of eleven and I have filled my tag almost every year since then.  I'm now 50 years old and have enjoyed Rifle hunting (with my 30/30) Bow hunting (with my Browning, recurves and self-bows) and have always participated in the muzzloader hunting season with my TC Hawken.  Now, I gotta tell you that the more primitive something gets, the more I like it.
 
This hunting season I didn't get the big buck everyone dreams of.  In fact the buck I bagged was a respectable 125lb. 3 pointer.  So what was the big deal?  For me it was the challenge of hunting with a Matchlock Rifle.  Most people, even hunters, don't know what that is.  For a little time-line history of guns you'd find that the percussion muzzleloader used by most is from the 1800's.  Before that was the flintlock in the 1700's, even earlier was the Miquelet, Snaphaunce, and Wheel-Lock of the 1500's and 1600's.  One more step back in time gives us the Matchlock also known as the Arquebus.  It's development was realized in the early 1400's and was wide spread through the orient.  By 1425 the matchlock had made its way to Western Europe and shortly after that, to the New World.  Yep, were talking Pilgrim guns!
 
My matchlock  is .45 caliber and weighs in at 14.8 pounds.  I had carried it around for the first few days of the hunt and my arms were getting tired.  I decided to take an evening stand "down in the hole".  I hiked in and had just sat down on a stump at my favorite intersecting trail when the sound of a snapping twig caught my attention.  Sure enough it was a deer coming straight to me.  I reached in my pocket to grab my lighter...you gotta light the "slow match".  The match is a cotton, linen or wool cord soaked in a solution that allows it to burn at a slower rate without going out.  It's what provides ignition to the gun.  Earlier the same day I had a small deer standing not 25 feet away and I'd be darned if I could get that slow match to light and when it finally did the deer was gone.  Thank goodness the lighter lit the match on the first try this time.  The deer was still coming down the trail straight at me, I pulled up and put the bead on his chest and squeezed the sear bar (trigger).  The lit match cord lowered into my pan of powder and .......nothing!  The deer is still coming so  I let up on the sear bar and still pointing at the deer I gently blew on the small weak coal at the end of the match cord.  The coal grew brighter and let out a few tiny sparks of life.  Carefully I drew my sighted attention back on the deer who had now stopped dead in his tracks because he sensed something wasn't right (or maybe he smelled smoke?)  Again I squeezed the sear bar and uttered under my breath  a small prayer for the little spark on the end of the match cord to do its job ..........
WOOOSH BOOM!  The smoke cleared and I could see the young buck lying there.  A big grin drew across my face as I thought to myself of each person who laughed at me when I showed them the gun I was going to hunt with this year.  The Matchlock
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Federal Firearms Licensed Gunsmith


Earl Kathan Gunsmith LLC

PO Box 59

154 Black North Rd

Acworth, NH 03601


603-835-9047


ekkathan@myfairpoint.net

http://flintlockrepair.com


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English Doglock Pistol

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Welcome....If you are looking for a black powder gunsmith you have come to the right place.  I specialize in the repair of early period black powder firearms from the 1500's, 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.  I service both originals and reproductions in a variety covering wheelocks, snapaunce, flintlock, percussion, and more.  Please take the time to view my special projects page to get an idea of the type of work I do.

In addition to gunsmith services we also offer a variety of reproduction flintlocks and percussion arms for the living history reenactor, hunter, and black powder enthusiast.  At this time our reproductions are made in India and have hand forged locks!  They can be live fired or you can shoot blanks for reenacting.  Either way they are a good gun for the price and will give you years of service if given the general care you should give to any gun.  Read the Q&A section of the muskets page to learn more about them and feel free to contact us with any questions.  Thanks for visiting and we hope to hear from you soon.

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