If you have ever dreamed of owning a classic American flintlock longrifle of the Golden Age style, here’s your chance for $10. Artist gunsmith Judson Brennan and his sons created a masterpiece longrifle in the apex decorative style of the late 1700s, when gunmaking rose to a high art form. It has raised carving on the curly maple stock, pure silver inlays, extensive engraving, and is a superb shooter with its 42” tapered and flared 50” caliber barrel and dual set triggers.
The Brennan’s built this $24,000 rifle by hand in the 18th century manner to be raffled off in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Contemporary Longrifle Association (CLA). The drawing will be held at the CLA annual meeting and show in Lexington, Ky., on August 12. Purchase tickets for $10 each (or 12 for $100) at www.contemporarylongriflefoundation.org or the CLA website at www.longrifle.com.
All proceeds support the CLA’s mission to foster the study, practice and preservation of the artisanal skills of pre-1840 America. The CLA isn’t just gunmakers. It’s members hand forge blades, tan hides, weave cloth, make powder horns, pottery, leather bags, furniture, clothing and decorative arts too numerous to name…and each piece, like the Brennan rifle, is one of a kind.