Man Builds Own Vintage-Style Firearms


Mangalavite also was on hand for practice Aug. 23.

“The Colonials and the English were on the open field,” says Bob Linksvayer, who has earned a craftsman’s reputation for making traditional archery equipment. “That was the European style of the time.”

“And they fired ‘X’ number of volleys before they ended with a bayonet charge.”

“It wasn’t a very healthy place to be,” Mangalavite says.

But the weapons weren’t just for war.

“You could feed yourself with it,” Mangalavite says of the vintage firearms. “You could get small game. It will kill big game, too.”

Lindsey points to the Illinois deer pins that decorate his workshop.

“Up there are some of the pins,” he says. “Over the years I’ve killed a few deer, probably six or eight deer a year.”

He’s been hunting since deer hunting resumed in Illinois during the early 1960s.

Lindsey puts a 50 caliber Hawkins, a replica of a gun used by the famous Kit Carson, into a visitor’s hands.

“That’s killed a lot of deer,” he says.

Then he picks up the first firearm he built nearly 50 years ago.

“That one I built about 1963,” Lindsey says. “This was the first rifle I built. It is a percussion lock (or cap lock), and I haven’t built many ‘percussion lock’ (firearms) since then.”

The percussion lock came after the flintlock.

“I had no tools, no nothing,” Lindsay says in his characteristic short sentences. “All done by hand. Hand cutout. Sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor, sitting on a vise on a big board holding it down and cutting everything by hand and carving with a chisel.

“I did the whole thing by hand.”

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