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Gunsmith of Williamsburg (1969)

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  • Attila Török
    Attila Török  Жыл бұрын +1578

    This documentary was made in 1969, two years after I was born. Just 50 years ago television programs did not consider their viewers dumb. No hyped-up fast-paced narration. You can actually see every single operation. The combination of a narrator and a first person singular account works amazingly well. A treasure.

    • kurt krause
      kurt krause 3 күн бұрын

      Yep, some even remember Walter Cronkite!! I also treasure the engineering videos from that period. They were a large part of my college prep and were ( are) extremely informative. Thanks for the share.

    • Lee Shackelford
      Lee Shackelford 4 күн бұрын

      I recognized Devane.....sigh, but not Brinkley. (I knew the voice, but couldn't remember the name)
      This was very cool to watch.

    • Robert
      Robert 7 күн бұрын

      I love when tv shows you to not wear gloves when working with tiny pieces of metal

    • kurt krause
      kurt krause 15 күн бұрын

      Very true:. Holland&Holland has a documentary ,with slight differences, has this same procedure. With the difference that there is a department for each process instead of 'one smith does all'. Great share thankyou!!

  • Tristan O'Shea
    Tristan O'Shea 8 ай бұрын +474

    Rest in peace Wallace Gusler, 1931-2022. A true master of his craft!

    • Geoffrey Budge
      Geoffrey Budge Күн бұрын

      Most all the big names are gone . Pity ,they were great times .

    • B.
      B. 3 күн бұрын

      @74KU remember that when your car turns past 300k miles

    • Lee Shackelford
      Lee Shackelford 4 күн бұрын

      Did he have apprentices, to pass on the skill, or just videos like this?

    • 74KU
      74KU 4 күн бұрын

      @Darrin Inverarity When you are sold the line that Robot can do the job of 10 men for 1/10th the cost with no quality lost you expect greater precision for 1/10th the cost.
      Its all a lie though, just another industrial revolution without luddites.

    • 74KU
      74KU 4 күн бұрын

      @Final Front Studios Such an artist and skilled craftsman will live for hundreds of years

  • 338lapsniper
    338lapsniper 3 ай бұрын +55

    I spent three years building custom 1911 pistols on an assembly line. My hands were like raw hide when i left. I used modern mills, lathes and surface grinders. But I also used files every day. It really makes you appreciate the skill of a guy like this to do what he was doing. It's hard to explain but when you look at the same steel parts day in and out for years you can see a half thousands of an inch difference. My mentor there said that, that some of the guns he had from the late 1800s had much tighter tolerances on fine fitted parts than today's guns. And those dudes did not even have electricity. Lol great video.

    • trackie1957
      trackie1957 Ай бұрын +7

      The term “tolerance” is not the same as “precision”. If you are making a lot of parts and you want them to be completely interchangeable, then you define how big and how small they can be and still fit and function. That is tolerance. If you are making one thing by hand, you can make its parts fit very closely even if you don’t know their numerical size. That’s precise, and a wonderful fit, but because interchangeability is not important, tolerances are irrelevant.

    • kooolaine Bulger
      kooolaine Bulger 2 ай бұрын +10

      i tell my non machinist friends i can see in thousandths of inches and they tell me i'm crazy when i can see the imperfections in a table's flatness and texture
      glad i'm not the only crazy

    • Randy Ward
      Randy Ward 3 ай бұрын +5

      You can get a skilled eye if you do something enough. I am an old carpenter and I could see something out of plumb, easily.

  • Rasmus Wahlstedt
    Rasmus Wahlstedt  Жыл бұрын +244

    Really enjoyed this throughout the whole program. Wish they could do tv like this today. No flashy scripts. No fast cutting between 50 different camera angles. No host screaming "VERY DANGEROUS" every 15 seconds. Just focused on the art itself and the artisan. Thanks for sharing this gem.

    • ctdieselnut
      ctdieselnut 19 күн бұрын

      I find this style very relaxing, as opposed to tv that focuses on conflict, problems, and deadlines. Its presented as if something doesn't happen within a predetermined amount of time, the world will explode. This guy spent 300 hrs on this rifle, no rush, and the result is a timeless piece of art that will last centuries.

    • Jefferu Nintendomoto
      Jefferu Nintendomoto Ай бұрын +1

      Are you seriously asking History Channel to have standards? You know there are plenty of info videos like this? They're just all on the internet

    • Bretton Ferguson
      Bretton Ferguson Ай бұрын

      No mention of climate change. Documentaries today could be about pencils and would spend at least 10 minutes talking about climate change. Watchmaking, gotta talk about how climate change affects the watchmaking industry, and how watchmaking affects climate change. Sword making in Japan? Gotta talk about how it is related to climate change and spend ten minutes explaining climate change as though the viewer has never heard of climate change before this documentary.

    • Final Front Studios
      Final Front Studios 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Michael Parting OP said TV specifically, since this program was originally made for TV.

  • longshorts3
    longshorts3 2 ай бұрын +21

    The rifle built in front of our eyes is a treasure indeed. I have been to Williamsburg three times in my youth, and was always drawn to this foundry to watch the Gunsmith at work. He was different each time, and in the different time of construction on a musket or rifle. But I learned to appreciate the skills and patience needed to have a finished product. The last time I was at Williamsburg, I was 14, just three years short of my first .22 rifle. It was a real learning experience as I was able (with careful monitoring) to shape the stock somewhat. Real experience that I was able to take into my 20's and 30's as I specialized in restoring stocks on rifles that were burned or broken. "Furniture" stocks, handguards, and forends were called, and quite rightly so as it took many hours to restore or replace the burned wood from house fires and neglect. I really learned to appreciate the work that goes into gunsmithing (it doen't stop when sights are installed, many things you have to learn and apply to your calling). I am 67 now, a little slower but much more learned.

  • Ken Higgins
    Ken Higgins  Жыл бұрын +454

    I was a friend of Mike Walker of Remington in the last 12-14 yrs of his life. He was retired but still working 3-6 hrs every day doing gunsmithing/reloading and benchrest shooting.. Mike's last rifle that he built before his death at 101 yrs old was a 260 ackly. I was able to help some on this rifle. He built it for me to deer hunt with. One of many over the years..... What a great man with lots of interesting stories from his work at Remington!! I still have some of his tools and rifles I bought that he used in benchrest competition.. This video was well made. Thanks for posting!!

    • Dr D
      Dr D 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Clint Wilde I see, so thats how ya get used to recoil huh? I've been doing it wrong and waiting for my shoulder bruise to go away to fire another.

    • Clint Wilde
      Clint Wilde 2 ай бұрын +2

      Mike Walker was a member of Polk County Gun Club in NC. He was working almost to his last days. The recoil would make him blind for a while after every shot, but it did not stop him from continuing his most favorite passion. He would just wait for his vision to clear, and fire another one.

    • Dr D
      Dr D 2 ай бұрын +1

      What a legendary experience to have known Mr. Walker not to mention a 260 AI built by him.

    • D Flo416
      D Flo416 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Kelly Meggison I think he wants to know how the action closes. Does it have a bolt, is it a break barrel (shotgun style), lever gun etc.

    • Paul Langton-Rogers
      Paul Langton-Rogers 8 ай бұрын +2

      Incredible Ken! You must have a great collection, do you have a website or something?

  • Samuel Stacey
    Samuel Stacey 2 ай бұрын +10

    Wow, that was one of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched! I am a locksmith by trade which, compared to many other trades today, is still pretty old school. Yet this is just in a league of its own! I wish I was a tenth as skilled as Mr Gusler! What a craftsman, what an artist, what a tradesman. I believe that that is truly what a great tradesman is and should aspire to be. Though I know that with today’s technology spending 300 hours building such a work of art from such raw materials is truly in a completely different realm in actual feasibility. It really does become art! Just how proud this craftsman must feel about his work I cannot fathom and can only be left in complete awe! I enjoyed every second watching that. 😮

  • iaidoman
    iaidoman  Жыл бұрын +81

    This is a fine example of what a TV show should look like. Clear, concise, informative, no "hidden messages" wonderfully narrated, with only what the viewer needs to know. Zero waffling.

    • Jefferu Nintendomoto
      Jefferu Nintendomoto Ай бұрын +1

      There are still plenty of documentaries like this. Subtext, metaphor and drama are still acceptable in media

  • GrS
    GrS 11 ай бұрын +193

    I am totally astounded- in two respects. Firstly, the skill and artistry of the gunsmith is truly remarkable. I have a Damascus barreled gun, made by ‘Stapp’ of London in the early 1800s and this film makes me appreciate it on a whole different level. Secondly, the quality of this documentary is notable. It shames more modern productions that rely on a combination of crass commentary, multiple recaps and histrionics as a substitute for intelligent content. It would seem that the demise of the gunsmithing skills so aptly demonstrated in this film are mirrored by the decline in standards of education.

    • Diggy Soze
      Diggy Soze 2 ай бұрын +1

      Decline in standards of education? 😅
      You’ve spent a lot of time in schools lately? 👾

    • Blain Smipy
      Blain Smipy 3 ай бұрын +3

      Well put.

  • Shifu -
    Shifu -  Жыл бұрын +232

    As a retired mechanical engineer I watched with fascination the craftsmanship and precision of this gunsmith work. It is a true work of art! I am very very impressed with a skill of this man.

  • CroatianCroissant
    CroatianCroissant  Жыл бұрын +53

    I’m 4th generation machinist/grindhand in my family, and this stuff is a passion. When I started watching the gun drilling procedure, I immediately wondered how many bits he breaks. I got my answer. That takes so much skill to do that without the “feel” you have on today’s feed mechanisms. Pretty amazing that guns have been made for as long as they have.

  • Steven Dowell
    Steven Dowell  Жыл бұрын +206

    It was released in 1969
    My birth year
    It’s a different level of gunsmithing
    They had to know absolutely everything from steel fordging to wood finishing
    They were definitely true craftsman

    • angrydragonslayer
      angrydragonslayer 8 ай бұрын +1

      This truly reminds me of how comfortable i am as a machinist today
      I can spit out ~ 5-6 precision ground barrels per week with just the stuff i have at home

    • Paul Langton-Rogers
      Paul Langton-Rogers 8 ай бұрын

      Indeed. These guys must have been highly valued in the colonies with these skills.

    • ToreDL87
      ToreDL87 11 ай бұрын

      @Gerald Ammons 7000 dollars in 1960's, when made from the ground up as shown in this video, yes, theres a reason they were expensive back in the day too :)
      And thats not something done as a hobby, its years of 24/7 devotion.
      The kits most people assemble as a hobby these days: Not that much.

    • Heywood
      Heywood 11 ай бұрын +1

      There are still a lot of real gunsmiths all over the US that do this work. Most even do it building “modern” guns. Their wait lists for a custom rifle, revolver or 1911 are sometimes years long. Even with modern machines and tools. Most of it has to be done by hand to get the high level of quality.

    • WryAndDry
      WryAndDry  Жыл бұрын +6

      @Patrick Ancona I would bet that gunsmiths in the cities used division of labor. If one wants so badly to hide secrets he wouldn't have apprentices. I believe that in a city there would be a master overseeing specialists who rotate through the different jobs, the same way violins have been made for a long time and still are. Actually by dividing up the whole job, his underlings don't learn the whole job unless he lets them rotate, so he could reduce competition that way.
      Guns have always been passed down and still are. The population was doubling every 25 years back then. I doubt a black powder gun would last as long, due to corrosion, as smokeless guns do nowadays.

  • Thomas Kirkpatrick
    Thomas Kirkpatrick  Жыл бұрын +234

    This has to be one of the most interesting videos I've ever watched. I never considered the skills needed to be a gunsmith, particularly the blacksmithing.

    • HeWhoIsWhoHeIs
      HeWhoIsWhoHeIs 2 ай бұрын +2

      @Diggy Soze That's a fancy way of saying "logic"

    • Diggy Soze
      Diggy Soze 2 ай бұрын

      @HeWhoIsWhoHeIs that’s some fancy mental gymnastics

    • HeWhoIsWhoHeIs
      HeWhoIsWhoHeIs 2 ай бұрын +2

      @Gemmasterian They are not weapons. They are tools. They become weapons when people use them as such, just like any other tool. And before you say "guns are built to kill", no they're not. They are certainly capable of it, as are knives and hammers and #2 pencils, but they are not designed to kill. They are designed to fire bullets, which can be for hunting, sport, or self-defense. When we think of hunting or self defense, we say "Yeah but that's still killing", which may be true by definition, but there's a big difference between killing and murder. Every time you drive a car, you kill bugs. You pluck a head of lettuce for your salad, you're killing it.
      In fact, it's impossible for you to navigate a single day of your life without killing something, or reaping the benefits of a kill. Without killing on some level, we could not survive. No animal could. A gun is simply a tool that helps us do that more effectively. That should not be pigeonholed with the same type of violent killing associated with crime and murder, as it's very different. Even in self defense, there's not a parent alive that wouldn't kill a human that was trying to hurt their child or take their life. Again, the firearm is a useful tool. It's why the police carry them.
      When you're at a shooting competition, and you're killing nothing more than a paper target or knocking over an iron sil, the firearm isn't a weapon, it's a tool. When you're hunting, it's not a weapon. It's a tool. When you're defending your life or the life of an innocent, it's STILL not a weapon, but a tool. A lifesaving tool. It only becomes a weapon when people put it in their hands and march out saying "I'm going to use this to take a life or commit a crime" (or in the military, separate issue). Once you wrap your mind around that, things look a lot different.

    • Gemmasterian
      Gemmasterian 2 ай бұрын

      @ShiroTheHiro True. It is annoying while I do understand peoples apprehension over the danger of guns (I mean they are weapons) I think that they should be still able to understand the craftmanship of them and the amount of engineering required to make even the most basic of guns.

    • ShiroTheHiro
      ShiroTheHiro 8 ай бұрын

      @littleteethkeith truer words have not been spoken. I try and tell people about this side of firearms - the metallurgy, the art, the craftsmanship, the engineering, machining and so on - and all they want to hear is about how they kill people and have no respect for any other facet of firearms. It really is sad.

  • Andre Meyer
    Andre Meyer 2 ай бұрын +5

    As Armoury is part of my profession and the quest to understand how guns were made, I miraclosly stumbled on this film a few days after thinking how they did it and I was blown away by the artistry of Mr W Gustler. I was mesmerized by his ability of completing every facet and after watching realised that he was more than just a gunsmith he was a Grand Master Gunsmith. I hope people can apreciate that a gun from that era was made with blood sweat and tears. I am still in awe............

    • MrRatkilr
      MrRatkilr Ай бұрын

      My grandfather was a gunsmith for a living. I am a hobbiest one just for my own guns. The amount of work Gustler did was amazing just with hand tools and not modern lathes and milling machines. Hats off to him. I have milling machine and modern lathes. Doing all that work by hand is amazing.

  • Joe Atwork
    Joe Atwork 2 ай бұрын +3

    I've watched this video at least 50 times over the years. I started building muzzleloaders in 1975. I'm nowhere close to Mr. Gussler's level, but I enjoy doing it. He was a true artist. Even if you're just a kit-builder, you'll learn a lot about the craft.

  • TheMonkey747
    TheMonkey747 2 жыл бұрын +281

    This is the video that molded me in my formative years. My family [reluctantly] also knows this video by heart. 11/10 So many lessons in this movie.

    • Russ Cooke
      Russ Cooke  Жыл бұрын +4

      @Dank of Canada great video I loved watching it. Very relaxing and informative

    • Dank of Canada
      Dank of Canada  Жыл бұрын +4

      I enjoyed this also.

    • MrPh30
      MrPh30  Жыл бұрын +6

      Many good gunsmiths that can build a good rifle for a fair price also. If you want a good rifle at a ok price look at Reimer Johannsen from Germany. They built Mauser actions and barreled actions for many of the big famous firms when there were not many who made large Mauser actions in quantas needed.

    • Russ Cooke
      Russ Cooke  Жыл бұрын +2

      @ALLAN RABINOWITZ t ????

      ALLAN RABINOWITZ  Жыл бұрын +3

      @Russ Cooke t

  • N Crawford
    N Crawford Ай бұрын +1

    I’ve studied every aspect of guns and their makers for four decades now. I think I learned more in this ONE HOUR than any other in 40 years… BRAVO!

  • CO2 Handgunner
    CO2 Handgunner  Жыл бұрын +39

    Thanks for the up load buddy ! This little program is an absolute 'gem', so informative, educational and very entertaining. The amount of man hours that went into making one of those rifles was simply astounding especially in this age of instant everything.
    Watching things like this inspires me to take on those projects that I thought were beyond my abilities, he (Wallace Gussler) did all that with the bare minimum of tools, a bucket load of hard work and skill. Hats off to all those long forgotten gunsmiths, artisans of their craft who helped people put food on the table and the 'Red coats' from the door (and I say that as a Red Coat, lol).

  • Steve G
    Steve G  Жыл бұрын +66

    Saw this back in high school in the early 70's. Absolutely astounded. For those who don't know, Mr.Brinkley,the narrator, was part of the nightly news for NBC ,a distinguished journalist during the the tumultuous era of the 50s, 60s and 70's. Mr. Devane, who voices the gunsmith, a prominent actor of the time. Never got the chance to visit Mr.Gusler at work in his shop sadly. Brilliant film,thank you for posting.

    • scottnyc
      scottnyc 16 күн бұрын

      I thought his voice sounded familiar.There seemed to be another narrator as well who i first thought he sounded like Henry Fonda.Thanks

    • Russ Cooke
      Russ Cooke 3 ай бұрын

      @Houston K Petty ??

    • Houston K Petty
      Houston K Petty 3 ай бұрын

      @Russ Cooke x'I

    • Russ Cooke
      Russ Cooke 6 ай бұрын

      @TrappenWeisseGuy ; I was wondering who he reminded me of. Your right he does sound like him. 👌👌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

    • David B
      David B 7 ай бұрын +3

      My jr high wood shop teacher showed us this video in 1990. I never saw it until I just stumbled on it here.

  • Derek Stocker
    Derek Stocker 21 күн бұрын +1

    I am really staggered by the quality of this fabulous production, as said elsewhere oh if programmes were made like this now, what a great entertainment TV would be.
    Thank you so very much for showing the skill and patience that is here in buckets full, what a wonderful firearm maker and what a fabulous craft. Very many thanks for this fabulously entertaining film and what a magnificent rifle. RIP Mr Gusler. We are still fascinated by your artistry.

  • StonedOli
    StonedOli  Жыл бұрын +57

    A wonderful culture that sadly is fading away... and I'm not talking about Colonial days, but the value that was once placed on knowledge such as this, and the remembrance of how we came to be Americans.

    • southside
      southside  Жыл бұрын +2

      I worried the state our Country will be in in the next 10 years after this Administration. They destroyed everything great about our Country.

  • Tuddle
    Tuddle  Жыл бұрын +87

    This is hands down the coolest, most interesting and informational video I’ve ever seen. I’ve always wondered how such beautiful guns were made and the type of tool used to make them. Not only did they make beautiful rifles they made the tools used to make it also. I’ve always wanted to get into blacksmithing I have some wood working skills. I think I want to make my own black powder rifle. Since they’re not regulated by the government I think I’m gonna try. Thanks for the amazing video.

      EMPIRUM 9 ай бұрын

      Well good luck to you brother and empirum bless

    • paul manson
      paul manson  Жыл бұрын +3

      There are kits you can buy. A channel called Duelist1954 completed one of those kits a while back. Still an enormous amount of work,but very satisfying. Look him up,see if such is for you. Cheers.

    • pepa zdepa
      pepa zdepa  Жыл бұрын +1

      Good luck, so in 5 years you will make a rifle that will work, maybe.

  • John Cannon
    John Cannon 5 күн бұрын

    Thanks for uploading this. Years ago, when I was in welding school, our teacher showed us this it's great to see it again. That man is a true master of his craft.

  • Александр Терентьев

    Всем доброго дня! Дамы и господа, это же настоящее наслаждение: смотреть за работой людей с поистине золотыми руками! Старинное искусство, воспроизведенное в полноценном фильме-исследовании - замечательная работа! Браво и низкий поклон мастеру! Спасибо всем! С уважением А.Т., Россия.

    • FainderS Kurs-koi
      FainderS Kurs-koi  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Александр Терентьев Сейчас вообще нет специалистов. А если и остались кой де, в закромах. то травят как собак.

    • Александр Терентьев
      Александр Терентьев  Жыл бұрын +1

      @FainderS Kurs-koi , наверное, удивлю, но соглашусь насчет "тупорылых бестолочей" - того же сантехника с прямыми руками найти практически невозможно! Крайне мало мастеров...

    • FainderS Kurs-koi
      FainderS Kurs-koi  Жыл бұрын +1

      Да, а сейчас ЧПУ и тупорылые бестолочи. Подписался. Интересно смотреть некоторые приемы в обработке.

  • spike
    spike  Жыл бұрын +18

    This man is certainly a Master Craftsman and is amazing what boggles my mind is that someone long before him thought of and designed each and everyone of these parts and figured out how to make this whole thing work as one unit. Not to take anything away from this man of course.

  • Art R
    Art R  Жыл бұрын +17

    Thanks for posting! I visited here in 1967 with my family when I was 15 and fascinated with firearms. Unfortunately the gun shop wasn't manned but I distinctly remember the spiraled timber and rack used for the rifling. I also remember hundreds of smooth-bore muskets lining the walls of the armory. I did get to see them demo one of the muskets with a cloth wad as a blank. Even if the blacksmith had been there, only a very small part of this lengthy process would have been seen, and now I know the whole story, so thanks again for posting!

  • Unknown User
    Unknown User  Жыл бұрын +19

    I’m in absolute awe ! Thank you for posting this historical beauty!

  • abundantYOUniverse
    abundantYOUniverse  Жыл бұрын +17

    I have seen tens of thousands of videos on youtube here, and this is the best thing I have ever seen. My jaw dropped and stayed there the entire way through! Absolutely amazing thanks!

  • Felix Cat
    Felix Cat  Жыл бұрын +3

    What an absolute gem of a historical documentary this is!
    The level of highly accomplished skills are truly remarkable for one person, particularly one so young!
    He literally made every single piece of that rifle from raw materials, then brought them together to create this beautiful, working piece of art.
    I haven't enjoyed and appreciated a historical documentary like I did with this one, its truly captivating!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of history, subscribed.

  • HillBilly4Christ
    HillBilly4Christ  Жыл бұрын +17

    It has been nearly 30 years since I saw this video. I remember the video well. I first got into muzzleloading in the mid 70s. Movies like this never really get old.

  • Matthias Hellmann
    Matthias Hellmann  Жыл бұрын +53

    one of the best clips I have seen in my entire life.
    Now I am 56 years old and intersted in firearms since I was a kid at the age of 4 years.
    Among decades I always was interested in gunsmithing and this clip brings back the importance of these skilled men.
    Without them in the 18th century USA would never been founded.
    This clip should be seen by everybody in the whole world to show and remind in the great history of the early decades of the young USA.
    This outstanding nation is built and crreated by strong, skilled and free men who decided to settle down in the new world from Europe to create a better world.

    • M1A1 Abrams
      M1A1 Abrams Ай бұрын

      @trackie1957 Yeah sure. As I watch in my 55 years. I don't see it getting better with what is being imported. Sorry it just isn't there.

    • trackie1957
      trackie1957 Ай бұрын

      @M1A1 Abrams
      It’s not some genetic trait that our ancestors possessed that made this country great; it was the opportunity that called to our ancestors to come and live up to their dreams and potential. That opportunity still calls to people who seek freedom and a chance to contribute to our American legacy.

    • GrS
      GrS 11 ай бұрын +6

      As an Englishman I concur. The foundation of the USA was a pivotal moment in the history of the world and the skills demonstrated so ably here are part of that story. How sad that the culture that has given the world so much is now so degraded and so corrupted.

    • Jeff Morin
      Jeff Morin  Жыл бұрын +4

      @M1A1 Abrams Now you have a bunch of children pretending to be adults.

    • M1A1 Abrams
      M1A1 Abrams  Жыл бұрын +2

      And that was if they made it to the New World from Europe. Many did not. Disease, ship wrecks, etc. Definitely people with determination, live or die.

  • Martin Tardif
    Martin Tardif 8 ай бұрын +3

    I had never seen this before. Brilliant and lovingly made. David Brinkley (Huntley and Brinkley) is the narrator and William Devane, the veteran character actor (recently starring in Bosch-Legacy) is the voice of the gunsmith. Very much worth a watch, even if you don't care for firearms you may appreciate the art, engineering and craftsmanship that these 'tools' encompass. They forged and sustained our new and vulnerable Republic. They are a significant part of who we are and what we would become.

  • Golo1949
    Golo1949 3 ай бұрын +2

    As a mechanical engineer I found this an enthralling video, wonderful workmanship.

  • Kenneth Smith
    Kenneth Smith  Жыл бұрын +53

    Wow, this is without a doubt the most interesting video I've seen in a very long time. The craftsmanship is astonishing, over 300 hours to make a beautiful work of art, I wonder how much he would be paid for that.

    • Gary Biggs
      Gary Biggs  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Emanuel Mifsud In general, stock blanks can be fairly cheap in America unless you want exotic wood or high grade Claro Walnut. I'm in a prairie state and Black Walnut is very common. A logging company will only give you $200.00 - 800.00 for a whole tree. And that's if you have enough to make it worth their time and travel. They generally want to harvest about 30 trees on a wood lot minimum.
      If you live where there's hard Maple, that will be cheap. It depends upon your location and if you have a sawmill close by that you can buy a Green slab direct. If you have to buy a kiln dried slab from a wood store you're going to pay 10x more. You can also buy a log from a person and take it in and have it milled to your specs. The only stock wood I'm familiar with down under is Coachwood.

    • Emanuel Mifsud
      Emanuel Mifsud  Жыл бұрын

      @Gary Biggs How much do you think it would cost, some timbers are expensive, otherwise wrought iron could be salvaged materials.Here in Australia, the land of waste so much is sent to the tip or scrapped you can make many things from scrap. I build scratch steam engines from mostly waste materials e.g copper tubing from electric water boiler, galvanized iron from waste bins at guttering factories, etc

    • Gary Biggs
      Gary Biggs  Жыл бұрын

      @Emanuel Mifsud I don't think the materials would be anywhere near $2K. Wrought iron flat stock would be the toughest to find. Old horse drawn farm machinery or wagons would be your best supply stock.

    • Emanuel Mifsud
      Emanuel Mifsud  Жыл бұрын +4

      I will estimate the cost. At say $25/hour by 300 hours equals $7500, cost of materials say $2000, so I would say he probably sells them for say $12,000 for him to make a profit and pay tax. He must only make say 7 guns a year, all collectors item

    • FBI
      FBI  Жыл бұрын +5

      I've been a tattoo artist for a decade and I thought putting 100 hours into a backpiece was something....its NOTHING compared to this. Pretty amazing. This guy is still alive and still making guns at 79 as far as I can tell by some quick internet sleuthing.

  • DeepForrest
    DeepForrest 14 күн бұрын

    An amazing documentary wonderfully illustrating the varied talents of a master of his craft. Difficult for me to imagine the patience and dedication required to acquire the various skills, incrementally developed over time to reach such a level of mastery.

  • Bruce Meinsen
    Bruce Meinsen 2 ай бұрын

    In light of the difficulty and craftsmanship required to build one rifle, Eli Whitney's accomplishments seem all the more remarkable. Great documentary.

  • Ladybug
    Ladybug  Жыл бұрын +10

    This was such a lovely video. A final shot of the whole gun shown just on it's own against a plain background would have been satisfying.
    This video shows a glimpse into the changes and adaptions over the history of making rifles and many other firearms. Thank you so much.

  • PropheZ23
    PropheZ23 9 ай бұрын +1

    As a blacksmith and custom knife maker this video really amazed me. The amount of craftsmanship that went into making this fine firearm is absolutely outstanding.

  • Helpertin
    Helpertin 29 күн бұрын

    They are beautiful works of art and craftsmanship, a testament to skill and dedication. The teaching and learning, the techniques and the machines. A mesmerizing look into the creation of only a single rifle. It makes me feel just a bit sad that it has such a limited rate of fire though. Somehow I feel like for such work and dedication and time and effort he deserves something more like a devastating laser or plasma rifle.

  • blackandgus
    blackandgus  Жыл бұрын +3

    I think I discovered this video a little over 40 years ago, bought VHS copies and DVDs of and everything else offered by Colonial Williamsburg, but this one remains one of a handful of life changing introductions that have opened up a world of study I might have missed. I am so glad it is still getting viewed. One never fully understands the past until you know something of the technology of the times, and without that, you can't fully appreciate our own time.

  • scottnyc
    scottnyc 16 күн бұрын

    I went to Williamsburg as a kid back in the 80’s.I still have the toy flintlock replica my parents bought for me.This excellent documentary actually reminded me that i still have that toy gun somewhere around.Nothing compared to what was involved in crafting the authentic flintlock of course.

  • Stigstigster
    Stigstigster  Жыл бұрын +7

    That was amazing to watch from start to finish. I have so much admiration for the gunsmith's art and skill in this era. The broad nature of what are really specialist skills, all in one craftsman, allowing the creation of such a rifle shows the height of what a person could achieve in the pre-industrial period.

  • Dalton
    Dalton   Жыл бұрын +7

    All I can say is I'm utterly impressed in every station of this rifle build. This man and those equal of his extreme ability, were masters, and men of astounding caliber and character..

  • Mosin_Boi!
    Mosin_Boi! 2 ай бұрын

    I always wondered how old muskets were made. I researched and found a lot of newer tricks (buttons and all that for one and welding over a negative bar) but this actually answers all my questions.

  • U.S. Militia
    U.S. Militia 11 ай бұрын +4

    I just bought an 1830’s double barrel shotgun for $100.00. I appreciate it even more now. I’m totally impressed how they were made.

  • Peter Baxter
    Peter Baxter 2 ай бұрын

    Absolutely tremendous. I was held spellbound by this programme - thank you very much from the UK.

  • Shadow Of The Night
    Shadow Of The Night 2 ай бұрын

    A true Artisan deserving of respect. A well done documentary too!

  • Kazimierz Burzynski
    Kazimierz Burzynski  Жыл бұрын +1

    Bardzo pouczający film . Podziwiam kunszt i zdolności artystyczne wykonawcy tej broni.

  • Jye Dawg
    Jye Dawg 8 ай бұрын +4

    This gunsmith know more about wood than most carpenters because it’s all about quantity over quality these days

  • Lord Stephen
    Lord Stephen 3 ай бұрын

    Absolutely awesome, I have shared this with my sons and will watch it again and again . Thank you so much for sharing this and the people who made it.

  • ascott
    ascott 17 күн бұрын +1

    Fascinating how precise this gun was made.
    By hand no less.

  • KosmiekAltertainment
    KosmiekAltertainment 8 ай бұрын +1

    Thank you mr Wallace Gusler, the producers and the uploader for sharing your astonishing craftsmanship. It is a joy and an education to watch half a century later.

  • Galen Vetterick
    Galen Vetterick 3 ай бұрын

    Such a detailed movie of his craft as manship. I only did a very small part of building a Kentucky black powder pistol from a kit probably 45 years ago and still have it to this day. Still had to do a lit of file and fitting work. I browned the barrel and it has held all these years.

  • Tom Jones
    Tom Jones 2 ай бұрын

    I remember seeing this when I was just a young kid in the 70's. I watched it one time and never forgot it. Never realized how much time and craftsmanship went into building one rifle. I'm sure it's value was high to whoever owned one back in those days. Came across this video today by accident and am glad I did 40+ years later.

  • nitesurfer
    nitesurfer  Жыл бұрын +6

    thanks for sharing this.. what an incredible artisan and craftsman.. its amazing to see how he builds it all from first principles.. and you can really appreciate the work and effort put into making this gun. Truly amazing.. when he makes his own spring you can really feel he is the master of his craft

  • scottnyc
    scottnyc 16 күн бұрын

    What incredible craftsmanship,knowledge and patience involved.
    The young gunsmith must’ve began learning the craft/art when he was probably just 5 or 6 years old.He had to be a blacksmith,machinist,carpenter,locksmith,engraver and artist.
    I find this to be an incredible gift of both talent and skill that we no longer see today which speaks volumes about todays youth.
    Just imagine an army requiring/demanding the sought after skills and craftsmen supplying them in volume.How did the colonists manage to manufacture such a vast number of muskets while under the watchful eyes of the British?
    This should be required viewing for today’s youth to show what they’re capable of accomplishing.

  • Sledgehammertoe
    Sledgehammertoe 3 ай бұрын +4

    My dad (who died in 2014) loved making flintlock rifles. He bought the barrels and flintlock mechanisms from Dixie Gun Works and made his own gunstocks; we lived in the country, with a lot of walnut trees on our land. And yes, he used them to hunt deer.

  • Dave
    Dave  Жыл бұрын +18

    You certainly need a huge amount of skill when making a masterpiece like that .

  • David Muth
    David Muth  Жыл бұрын +6

    This is awesome. I saw this film in a machine tool tech class in 1976. I never thought I'd get to see it again.

  • Marlinblack 65
    Marlinblack 65 9 ай бұрын +1

    A true masterpiece of story telling, cinematography, craftsmanship and engineering. It is a shame that many trade skills are disappearing. With the advancements in material science, many materials cannot be reproduced outside the lab. This is truly a beautiful piece of historical craftsmanship and skills. An absolute please to watch.

  • carey mitchell
    carey mitchell  Жыл бұрын +13

    I was fortunate to be able to spend an afternoon in the shop (violating the rules) with Wallace in the early 80s. Absolutely fascinating.

  • Ghostship Warriors
    Ghostship Warriors 3 ай бұрын +1

    Very cool watched all of it. I was really glad at the end when they told how many hours were involved in making the gun. Thank you for posting this

  • Will Beck
    Will Beck 11 ай бұрын +2

    As a modern gunsmith this stuff is amazing to me! Sadly this type of work is almost obsolete. It would be nice to see more blacksmithing involved in the art today although it is not needed nearly as often with current tech and tooling. Either way this is an awesome doc. Covering an art that many don’t get to see.

  • Rick Dobbins
    Rick Dobbins  Жыл бұрын +2

    Thank you for posting this! What an artist Mr. Gusler is! I absolutely enjoyed watching this peek into our past!

  • Scott Pecora
    Scott Pecora 11 ай бұрын +1

    It truly struck me what a substantial investment a rifle was during this period of history. No wonder gunsmith would go back and repeatedly modify rifles from flintlock to percussion caps and other innovations as improvements came along given the initial investment that was put forth.

  • Blas Gallegos
    Blas Gallegos 2 ай бұрын

    This is a treasure. Thank you for posting. Rest in peace Wallace Gusler. An immeasurable amount of skill and a piece of American history is lost with him.

  • Tri Scotsman
    Tri Scotsman  Жыл бұрын +19

    That is an incredibly detailed video. So glad it is available here.

  • maggs131
    maggs131 2 ай бұрын +1

    What an absolute pleasure to watch an artisan, craftsman and master of his trade may he rest in peace

  • Nonofurbiz
    Nonofurbiz Ай бұрын

    I had the privilege to watch this man transform simple materials into functional works of art. He is mesmerizing as he is meticulous. And so gracious. Truly amazing to watch. As I learned my lifecraft from my Father and other mentors with the perseverance and patience to pass their knowledge and skillset, I pray Mr. Gusler passed(s) his onto a protege of his choosing. These masters are becoming rare and scarce in this pushbutton, instant-gratification society of today. There are so few master craftsmen to teach their craft. Sad, so very sad....

  • AwareBear
    AwareBear  Жыл бұрын +2

    What a fascinating video! The craftsmanship is masterful. Very difficult to find this kind of multi-talented craftsman in our times. I visited Colonial Williamsburg in 1971 as part of a "Living History" training tour with the National Park Service and observed some of these craftsmen working in their shops. This visit truly brought history to life and solidified my appreciation for the skills and products of fine craftsmen. This video tells such a wonderful story and tells it so well. If ever presented with the opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg, do not miss it! Thank you so much for making this living history documentary available on KZclip.

  • GmanInd
    GmanInd Ай бұрын

    I am amazed that I found this again. I borrowed this VHS tape from a professor of mine, this was eye opening to me back in the late 80's

  • LJ M
    LJ M  Жыл бұрын +1

    I wish there were more colonial educational programs such as this this is simply awesome

  • Chris Rea
    Chris Rea  Жыл бұрын +5

    As a gun enthusiast I found this fascinating ; what a craftsman!! Wonderful, thank you.

  • Martijn Blokzijl
    Martijn Blokzijl 2 ай бұрын +1

    This man was 4 years younger than I am now. Guess time have moved fast since. Hope he had a nice and happy life. His art was beautiful

  • Terrill Schneider
    Terrill Schneider  Жыл бұрын +1

    We were blessed to be able to see the gunsmiths working at Colonial Williamsburg It was amazing to them and others working their craft after their ancient fashion and I recommend everyone who can go there do so

  • Egon Speneder
    Egon Speneder 10 ай бұрын +1

    This is genuine Craftsmanship! As we would say in Austria and Germany "Ein Kunstler" (a Master Craftsman)! A skill set few could have the patience to master! Well done! No wonder the price was a stack of beaver pelts the height of the rifle!

  • Travis Peoples
    Travis Peoples 2 ай бұрын

    My family and I visited Williamsburg a few years ago and it's fascinating! That gunsmith shop is still there and is still in use along with every form of craftsmanship you can think of... Wood working, dress making, jewelry, blacksmith you name it it's there.

  • Long Strange Trip
    Long Strange Trip 11 ай бұрын +2

    These old documentaries are truly national treasures, what a remarkable thing it would be to still have this level of skill at our disposal. Sadly those days are gone for the most part and will never return, such a shame to lose this form of art in gun making.

    • Randy Ward
      Randy Ward 3 ай бұрын +1

      People still build these guns in their garages. I had a neighbor who built one.

  • 1978garfield
    1978garfield  Жыл бұрын +5

    Amazing film.
    Thanks for sharing.
    He is a young man here and yet he has mastered all these different skills.
    Truly an extremely talented person.

  • Har Har Mahadev
    Har Har Mahadev 3 ай бұрын

    Great respect for these guys . Amazing work .

  • Robert Houg
    Robert Houg 3 ай бұрын +1

    What a work of art! I would love to own one.

  • John Nishio
    John Nishio Ай бұрын

    After watching a DVD of this video way back in 2000, we made a special trip to Colonial Williamsburg just to see the rifles that he made. The machines and tools he used were on display and two of his rifles were on display on the wall. They were amazing, but Wallace was not there because he was ill. He was a master gunsmith.

  • oldsteve murray
    oldsteve murray 3 ай бұрын

    A real privilege to watch a true craftsman at work. No machine could ever make a gun like this, if you have ever touched a piece made by hand you can feel the maker in the item.

  • Paul Tudor
    Paul Tudor  Жыл бұрын +26

    During WW2 my Father was in the Royal Engineers then the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. the closest he got to action was having to handle Mules in Italy. Whilst he was in the UK he constantly got into trouble because his issued rifle barrel had rust pits in it. Having no use for his rifle it became upsetting for him. (His job in the UK was dealing with unexploded bombs in and around London and lifting and replacing land mines on the beaches) Hence before leaving for Italy he strung a length of rope from one end of his hut to the other and coated it in cutting compound. He then threaded the rope through his barrel and ran the barrel up and down the rope until it shone. On arriving in Italy they had a weapons inspection where his rifle was taken away from him smashed and he was issued a new one!! Apparently the rifled barrel was now a smooth bore barrel.

    • Peter Rhodes
      Peter Rhodes 9 ай бұрын +1

      In 1969 I was doing my basic training. REME. Filing, drilling and chiseling, the last producing a blue left hand from repeated blows by the hammer, every time that the chisel end was missed. Worked with no end of 'skilled' people since who think that a file is just a deburring tool, and laugh when told that keyways can be produced with a chisel. Watching them try to sharpen a twist drill, you realize that their training was very limited. Now retired, I still make my own special tools as required. Still have over 50 different types if files, but now need glasses to help see when sharpening drills. Dinosaur.

    • Dragos Ovezea
      Dragos Ovezea  Жыл бұрын

      Hmmm! So the job the army gave him was the appropriate one for him, right?

    • welshpete12
      welshpete12  Жыл бұрын +4

      @daniel watson We were supposed to pour hot water down the barrel on our Lee-Enfield 303 rifles for 6 days after shooting . By taken out the bolt and pouring from that end with a funnel . Then using a pull though with rag on it. The metal would , " sweat " , so the hot water would remove powder residue . It was a good gun , very accurate in the hands of an expert shooter which I was not !

    • juggalo4life505420
      juggalo4life505420  Жыл бұрын +3

      "Never happened".

    • Paul Quince
      Paul Quince  Жыл бұрын +2

      Now that is a funny story. Loved it, something I might have done.

  • Bogey Dope
    Bogey Dope  Жыл бұрын +4

    As a gunsmith my self, i find it super interesting how hard all the cutting jobs were, especially deep hole drilling, when all you had was carbon steel made tools, constant reshaping, constant re hardening and resharpening just to do a simple boring job. Going from carbon steel tools to HSS was the same big leap back then as we advanced from HSS to carbide Tools.
    I actually own some very good gunmaking literature from the 1950's and there is still described how to make your own rifling buttons out of carbon steel. Also the use of simple carbon steel drill bits was still the norm.

  • Brian Biter
    Brian Biter 2 ай бұрын

    I don't know how many times I have watched this but it never gets old!

  • Nasdile MacTyler
    Nasdile MacTyler  Жыл бұрын +2

    This was incredible! It will never get old watching a master work!

  • Timothy Martin
    Timothy Martin 11 ай бұрын

    This was spectacular, I especially like the manner in which they demonstrate how a disciplined hand can create such beauty.
    It's something you see in blade crafting, but is so frequently overlooked in machines, even hand made ones.

  • drstrangelove09
    drstrangelove09 8 ай бұрын +1

    Wow!!! I saw this in metal shop in Junior High, many many years ago and have always wanted to see it again!!! Many thanks!

  • Jay pe
    Jay pe 2 ай бұрын

    Such a beautiful craft. From the ground all the way too the gun. This video is a historical treasure

  • Allan Atwick
    Allan Atwick  Жыл бұрын +4

    Awesome video, the multiple skills involved and the sheer volume of work involved just to make one rifle is mind blowing.
    Just remember people that this process would be done over a number of days but what you don't see is the amount of time it takes just to make the tools to make the rifle, multiple files in multiple shapes and roughness, god knows how many different drill bits, as he said a few get broken with every rifle made screwdrivers chissels engraving tools, mandrill's, the rifling machine /bore drill. It's a mamouth task just making those let alone the rifle.
    True craftsmanship indeed

    • David Graham
      David Graham  Жыл бұрын

      They are few and far between

  • Brian D
    Brian D 9 ай бұрын

    Fantastic! Seeing a talented craftsman working his skills is just amazing to watch. Building a fully functioning and accurate rifle from a pile of metal and a plank of wood...simply staggering to consider and without the benefit of power equipment. Loved this presentation. Now, back to my comfortable shop to work on my Kibler Colonial kit...with all the hard stuff already done for me!

  • Cero
    Cero 2 ай бұрын

    Utterly amazing, I am in awe at the sheer dedication to the craft.

  • SongofSeikilos8
    SongofSeikilos8 11 ай бұрын +2

    totally amazing Craftmanship how many people nowadays have the patience and ability to do things like this ?

  • Guns & Family
    Guns & Family  Жыл бұрын +2

    This was amazing! I wish I had a fraction of this guys skills. I love gunsmithing and just blows me away. Thanks for sharing this video

  • ShaunO
    ShaunO 3 ай бұрын

    Wow…… wow. Incredible talent to do this. The old school gunsmith’s are just like the old school Japanese katana sword smiths 🥰 respect!! Super fascinating to watch

  • The White Hat Hacker
    The White Hat Hacker  Жыл бұрын +4

    It's interesting how the skills involved in building a gun have changed. Things are geared in such a different manner today for mass production with intricate components. A different kind of craftsmanship, one that has to survive the leap from the tool room.

  • Jesus Almoriandolococo
    Jesus Almoriandolococo  Жыл бұрын +1

    From raw iron, wood and materials to a decorative but practical and accurate firearm. So many hours of work and skill put into that rifle, its a work of art. Amazing.

  • John Harris
    John Harris Ай бұрын

    A trip back in time. I am 75 years old and at the first words of the narrator knew it was David Brinkley. A great documentary.
    I also inherited my father's 1836, John Selvidge, ~36cal, Cap & ball Tennessee squirrel rifle. The lock, trigger, hair trigger, are leaf springs and very similar to those from the Colonial times.

  • theflyingfool
    theflyingfool  Жыл бұрын +2

    It's easy to see why a weapon like this was quite rare and expensive and completely unique. Thanks for posting this really interesting video!

    • redneckhippiefreak
      redneckhippiefreak 3 ай бұрын

      @D Anemon Exactly..no Gold..Silver is 100x less expensive and was an expected decorative addition to a privately produced weapon of the time. Hammers, triggers, inlays ect. Nothing special done here.

    • D Anemon
      D Anemon 3 ай бұрын

      @redneckhippiefreak i know it's not gold but he did put some silver

    • redneckhippiefreak
      redneckhippiefreak 3 ай бұрын

      @theflyingfool Meh, Kinda, The French weapons brought in for the Revolution were very high quality, The Domestic ones were even nicer..We just didn't have the industry set in place to produce so many in a short time without creating a detriment to quality and durability. The thing a lot of folks forget is how important the weapon was for a settler. It was akin to a car today. Life without one could be difficult . Also, much like cars, They may look individualized and some may have more time invested in appearance and finish but overall they are the same product. A product that directly reflects their Value and Durability. Pride was taken in every step of the process so, unless it was a true POS weapon by a carpet bagger Smithy, , in which case, it is forgotten with time, left on the battlefield or tossed into the scrap heap upon failure as was the Smith/Foundry/Armory that made them.

    • redneckhippiefreak
      redneckhippiefreak 3 ай бұрын

      @D Anemon lol Uhh. What Gold? That is Brass..The majority of the weapon Is Iron.. So.. Im not sure what you are referring>

    • D Anemon
      D Anemon 3 ай бұрын

      @redneckhippiefreak i don't think all people had gold and iron on their muskets