Contemporary Longrifle Foundation


David Rase
Bremerton, WA

David prefers to build the large heavy caliber guns typical of the revolutionary war period. Building firearms from this era presents unique challenges in staying true to the school yet allows room for enormous creativity and interpretation. He considers his rifles to be “hand made, not home made.” David also likes to fashion pistols and American muskets from this same era. “I prefer to make my gun mounts by hand. I sand cast most of my brass butt plates and trigger guards, and always forge my own steel mounts. I use sheet brass or sheet steel for my pipes, side plates, patch boxes and always use real sterling silver for inlays.” David also has a knack when it comes to the manufacturing of accouterments. He accelerates at the opportunity to make “one of a kind” powder horns, powder measures, knifes, tomahawks and other related items. David credits God and his wife Gail, for his success as a muzzle loading gun maker. He never forgets to give thanks to the Lord for giving him the gift of craftsmanship. He also appreciates the countless hours Gail has allowed him to spend in his shop. It was Gail who was the one that encouraged him to attend a NMLRA gun smithing seminar at Western Kentucky University. During his first seminar, David enrolled in a carving class taught by John Bivins. Growing up in the west, David, like many others learned rifle building by apprenticing to John via his series of articles published in Rifle Magazine. During the next few years David met Wallace Gusler, Gary Brumfield and Mark Silver. His many candid conversations with these master gun makers changed his perspective as a student of the long rifle forever. David purchased a stock duplicating machine in 1998 and continues to offer barrel inletting and ramrod drilling services. David currently does not accept commissions for rifles but does make available from time to time items he has created.

Contact David Rase at:
5509 NW Gross Rd.
Bremerton, WA 98312
phone number: (360) 479-1888

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