“I got interested in early (U.S.) history,” he says. “And they are accurate – we’ve hunted squirrels with them. They are not toys.”
But they are works of art.
Wood for the gunstock is milled from locally cut trees, including maple. Lindsey often hand carves designs into the stock, or chisels designs into the metal.
His specialty, what his friends call the “crown jewels,” are double-barrel shotguns he builds in his modest rural Logan County shop that’s filled with tools, scraps of metal and shavings from past projects.
“(It all happens) in this junk hole here,” he says. “It’s messy but it’s used.”
Lindsey’s projects take time and patience.
“It takes six weeks to produce the barrels,” he said. “Of course if I make the whole gun it takes longer.
“And I don’t get in a rush,” Lindsey says. “If I feel like working, I do. If I don’t, I won’t. Because I’ve found out over the years you can make a lot of mistakes if you get in a rush.”
When trying to visualize some of Lindsey’s work, think of firearms like those Mel Gibson and other actors carried in the movie “The Patriot.”
The firearms are loaded with careful measures of gunpowder and lead shot. Sometimes a lead ball is substituted for shot.
Most of Lindsey’s weapons are flintlocks. A piece of flint causes a spark that ignites gunpowder in a pan. The spark passes through a hole to ignite powder in the barrel of the gun. The spark creates a roar and a cloud of smoke that sometimes envelops the shooter.
On a regular basis, Lindsey and friends get together to shoot clay targets or pattern shotguns for hunting season. They want to see how evenly the pellets are distributed when they strike the target.
Lindsey has a paper target placed 30 yards away so friend Bob Linksvayer can test one of his shotguns.
Smooth bore muskets, like those used in the Revolutionary War, and were most effective at 30-40 yards. And they were fired in volleys to thin out the enemy.
“There were hundreds, if not thousands pointed at somebody,” says Joe Mangalavite who lives just outside Springfield.<< previous 1 2 3 next >>
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