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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.

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Clay Smith, gunsmith, Colonial Williamsburg, Kentucky rifle, pistol, tomahawk, blackpowder, flintlock, percussion, muzzleloading custom guns, pouch, powderhorn, gun kit, fowler, trade gun, gunsmith, fusil, rifle, pistol, knives, knife damascus, used new, patch knife, skinning knife, custom knives, Indian trade, smoothbore, consignment guns, used guns, Pennsylvania rifle, AR, AR15, custom AR, custom AR upper, custom AR15 upper, watch, pendent watch, archery, flatbow, bamboo arrow, wood arrow, Indian bow
Clay Smith
Master Gunsmith

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



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John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: 
"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence 
ever to gather at one time in the White House 
with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."



I want to apologize for any problems you find with the website. My hard drive crashed on me Sunday and all of the data was unrecoverable which included emails, website, contacts and all of my Quicken records for the last 6 years. I have been doing what I can to reclaim this info from wherever I can. Yes, I had an external drive for backup but for some reason, the data it says is there, isn't. Some of you who live within 100 miles may have heard my screaming. My wife has gone to a motel for a few days and has hidden all my ammo. I hope to have everything back to normal by Thursday.





Just added the following to the website:



Polish Mosin-Nagant click here


Custom AR15 "Gator Gun" in .223 Wylde click here


 Repro Light Dragoon pistol in .62 (Japan) click here


Repro New Land Pattern pistol (Napoleonic period) click here






I have several Lancaster Trade Rifle kits on hand and will offer them at a discount until they are gone. These are first quality, not seconds. They come with all hardware and with or without barrels.

Click here to see the details.






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It will be difficult.




Support your 2nd Amendment rights and join a politically active organization such as the NRA.


"An armed society is a polite society"-Robert Heinlein, author


This is America. I should not have to "press 1 for English"!


I believe "Political Correctness" is an oxymoron on many levels.


"In my many years I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress."-John Adams


"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."-Thomas Jefferson


"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -Thomas Jefferson

  "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -Thomas Jefferson

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."-Thomas Jefferson



No animals were harmed in the making of these weapons.

(That will come later.)




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