Gun Shop
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Gun Shop

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Posted Tuesday April 5th 2022

Gun Shop
Gun Shop

Inside
Inside

John Selvidge
This gun shop was built to honor the memory of John Selvidge, famous gunsmith of early days

Gun Shop History
Gun Shop
Our gun Shop was built in 1946 and is patterned after a similiar one that was located at Angels Camp in the Mother Lode country during the 1850s. The iron doors served as two purposes... they served as a protection barrier against fires, and they were good protection against the bandidos who frequented the area.

The gunsmith equipment came from an old gun shop in Kentucky. The rifles were hand-made and afterwards taken outside and "sighted in." Kentucky rifles have the reputation of being among the most accurate firearms ever made.

Early Lathe
Early Lathe for making gun stocks:
The crude machinery displayed here, was all used by early gun makers from 1800 to 1850. Can you imagine the skill and patience required to bore a barrel by hand? Many of the old hand made rifles were surprisingly accurate.

Crude Machinery