Bedford School

Bedford Photo

Bedford rifles developed into its very own unique later style. Further west than Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Bedford County gunmakers used details originally from makers of the Chambersburg area. Chambersburg characteristics originally came from the Emmitsburg school. Gunsmiths of the Bedford school consisted of Joseph Mills, John Frazier and Peter White. Other makers are unknown to me. Peter White is understood to be the first gunsmith to settle in Bedford County after the revolution. I believe his to be the finest of all Bedford flintlock guns. White made some of the most ornate of the style. His inlay work around the tang and rear entry pipe was silver and quite extensive. Patchboxes were very large and heavily pierced. One of the other Bedford makers was Joseph Mills who is thought to be the second gunsmith of the Bedford area. There were a Joseph Mills, Sr. also Jr., and brother Isaac, all listed as gunsmiths. It is interesting to see such an individual style evolve into the long and slim Bedford rifle which style all these men favored. This stock is made specifically to reproduce this unique style. This pre-shaped stock comes standard with straight octagon barrel and rod channel with drilled ramrod hole. It is not inlet for lock, triggers or cut for buttplate. Inletting options shown below for lock, and triggers. Specify barrel size when ordering. Right hand only.

Straight Octagon barrels…...........13/16 or 7/8”
Drilled ramrod hole ...........….......5/16" or 3/8”
Barrel Channel Length …………...…........42”
Butt width x height……...…... .1-5/8” x 3-3/4”
Lock area ………….….......1-5/16” x 7-1/4 ”
Width across the lock face …............1-5/8”
Drop at the heel ………………........4-1/2”
Trigger Pulls up to 15”   


30815      P++ Grade Curly Maple
30816      SP Grade Curly Maple
30817     SP+ Grade Curly Maple
30818     Cherry
30820      Inlet Lock
30830      Inlet Trigger
20300      Bedford Flintlock
14870      Davis Double-Set Trigger (OR)
14840     Davis Single Pull Trigger (more appropriate)
19300     .45 x 13/16 x 42” Green Mountain Barrel
16080      Flared Tang Breech Plug 5/8-18
21180      1/4”-28 S.S. Touch Hole Liner – Slot Head
19630     2 ea, Oval Head 8-32 Lock Screws
16450      1 ea, Tang Screw 8-32
27600      3 ea, Underlugs for Pins
16380      1 Pkg of 10 Oval Head #3 Wood Screws
16390      1 Pkg of 10 Oval Head #5 Wood Screws
16400      1 Pkg of 10 Oval Head #8 Wood Screws
PINSTOCK      1 Pkg of 6 Pieces Pin Stock 1/16”o.d.
25450      1 Pkg German Silver Nails for Inlays
16795      3/8 Ram Rod w/ 8-32 Brass Tip
17230      Cleaning Jag, .45 Cal. 8-32s
17730      Fouling Scraper .45 Cal. 8-32
18010      Patch Puller 8-32 threads
14120  Buttplate (Brass)
14550  Triggerguard (Brass)
13730  Rear Thimble (Brass)
13670  Upper Thimbles (Brass)
28930  Sideplate (Brass)
11320  Toeplate (Brass)
12830  Nosecap (Brass 13/16)
10980  Patchbox (Brass)
16500  Front Sight (Silver Blade)
16540  Rear Sight (Early Low)
11680  Wrist Inlay. top (German Silver)
12240  Cheek Inlay (German Silver)