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Customer's Comments

Unlike so many others associated with Living History, you actually produce super authentic items and satisfy customer’s requests in a timely manner. I’ve been absolutely delighted with everything you’ve ever done or made for me.” Mike C.-New York

“I have been and am now the proud owner of several Clay Smith’s guns and have nothing but high praise for his workmanship. The quality of the fit and finish, historic accuracy and the shooting ability are unsurpassed. They shoulder as if they are part of your anatomy.” Dave M.-Virginia


"Thank you for a lovely knife which will remind me of the Williamsburg craftsmen I knew and the ones I still know today." George M.-Illinois

"I wanted to thank you for your hard work and beautiful craftsmanship. The gun is a fantastic showpiece that is a welcome addition to our home." Jerry B.-Kentucky


"Rifle came yesterday afternoon! WOW. It was well worth the wait, I knew you were a good craftsman by your reputation but I did not know you were this good! I can not wait to zero it in and fire it and show it off at the range." John A.-New York

"The rifle arrived and it is fantastic. I have never seen one to rival it. Your artistry is awe-inspiring...I feel really lucky to have acquired this gun." Jeff H.-Louisiana


"In my opinion, this is the finest set of dueling pistols made in America in recent history." Ed Rayl-West Virginia


"Musket just arrived. Think it is the most beautiful thing that I own. Great job. Thanks." Steve M.-California

"The gun arrived yesterday and it's excellent! It feels much lighter in the hand than I expected and it's very well balanced. I won't get a chance to shoot it for a little bit, but I look forward to trying it out for the first time, I know it will be an excellent shooter! Thank you very much for an excellent gun that I'm proud to own." Eli D.-Vermont

"Got home last night to find a very long box on the front porch.  Being a trained and experienced law enforcement officer I was able to deduce that a rifle was most probably inside the package.  You had said "It turned out nice".  That is an understatement.  What I got is a very fine rifle indeed.  Everything I asked for and as much as I could have hoped for.  I am really impressed  with the inletting.  The curl on the wood is especially fine.  My only regret is that it will be the week end before I can shoot it. Thank you very much it has been a pleasure doing business with you.  I hope we can do further projects in the future." Larry Z.-Oklahoma


"Today the 3 damascus hunting knives arrived in good order. I'm impressed beyond my expectations;  the best workmanship I've seen in a long time.  As good a quality as a modern Bo Randall  blade ... at 1/2  the  price. Terrific customer service TOO. Best regards."- J. Reeves- Louisiana


Another satisfied customer.

(Damn sun in my eyes!)

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Ми молимося за вас.

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Clay Smith
Master Gunsmith

Gunsmith of the Past, in the Present, building for the Future



I am a one-man shop producing one of a kind custom 18th and 19th century firearms. I also carry period knives, axes, tomahawks.

I also produce early Trade Gun and Pistol kits as well as supplies to finish your kit.


Please keep in mind that I work from home and do not have a storefront.



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Always looking for consignment guns!


Got a gun collecting dust in the closet?


 Now is the time to sell.

Matchlocks, wheel locks, flintlock, percussion, military or civilian weapons. Let me know what you have and I'll help you sell it.


Click here to get the consignment form and listing details.





Grumpy Gunsmith of Williamsburg



Check them out by clicking here.






I have people looking for guns and gun parts.


If you have some guns or gun parts laying around please consider consigning them with me. My inventory is low but the demand is high. Now is the time to part with those dusty pieces in the corner!



Click here to get the consignment form and listing details.





Due to the rising costs of doing business some changes are being made here at the shop.

I currently have two accounts to be able to process credit cards, one for the website Shopping Cart and one for phone or in person charges. Since website orders have declined over the past year, as of September 30, 2022 I will no longer be offering the option of a "Shopping Cart".

To purchases items such as kits, knives, tomahawks, finishing supplies, etc., you will need to call or email me with your order and I will figure the shipping cost and then email you an invoice through which you can securely pay through my card processor directly with a credit/debt card. You can also send a check with a copy of the invoice. If you call, I can also take your card info over the phone if you desire. (No card info is ever stored.)

Thank you for your understanding and I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes but doing this will save me $200 or more in processing fees each month.




Pistol Stock Seconds

More have been added!

When running stocks, there are always a few that just don't make it as first quality for various reasons. They are all usable and most of the flaws will not be seen when finished. These are sold at discounted prices. Grab one quick as these generally don't last long!

Click here to see what I have.



Just finished

This is a copy of the Bullard Rifle just off the bench.

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Just Listed:

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American Pistol Kit

.50 or .54 swamped 10" Rice barrels

Curly maple or walnut stock

Click here to order.

Delivery time is about 2 weeks now.

All backorders are caught up.

Shipping new orders now.




Stay tuned for more listings!










The Soap Box

I will try to keep my personal views of the world confined to this space.

It will be difficult.




Due to a shortage of Russian armored vehicles now, they have developed a new plan...




Thought for the week:

With the mid-term elections now over, maybe we can now get back to the socially and personally irrelevant commercials we are used to watching.

Not that the political ones were any more redeeming.

I am old enough to remember when candidates talked about what good they want to do and not about what bad things their opponent might have done. 




This is America. I should not have to "press 1 for English" much less "press 3 for Arabic"!!





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