For fans of historical firearms, putting together a pistol or rifle kit can be one of the most-rewarding projects of their entire hobby.
In the last few decades particularly, the United States has seen an influx of both high-quality reproductions of antique arms from centuries ago, with companies like Italian Firearms Group and Davide-Pedersoli leading the way with designs like their Harpers Ferry Model 1805 reproduction.
Following the disbandment of the Continental Army in 1784, the United States kept only a token force of regulars to guard arsenals and frontier forts along the border.
The journey from the dawning days of the American Revolution to the requisition of the country’s first armory-produced sidearm was a long one.
The gunsmithing program at Virginia’s first capital works not only to preserve the form of the American longrifle, but also the tools, techniques and working conditions under which it was originally made.
Traditions Performance Firearms now has the new Prairie Hawken Rifle in stock and available for shipment.