MAGNUS WIBERG- HANDCRAFTED MUSEUM QUALITY MUZZLE LOADER & ACCESSORIES
 
 

 

My name is MAGNUS WIBERG, and I am a part time gun smith living close to Stockholm, Sweden`s capital city. I have been interested in the GUN SMITH´s trade all of my life and I always tried to pick up information of that old time way of building fire arms. I fired my first muzzle loader about 45 years ago. I built my first gun about the same time. My first riffling machine I built around 1962.

 

 

I always enjoyed building the guns and accessories of yesteryear, and about 10 years ago I erected the building thas was to be my new gun shop. This building has all modern commodities and houses traditional tools and equipment as well as some modern. The traditional forge and anvil have a central place. A boring and reaming machine and a hand operated cam bar rifling machine also take a lot of space in this building. In another corner is equipment for sand casting brass and silver gun parts. There are also some modern electrically powered machines to aid work . In this shop I build, completely by hand, my muskets and rifles and the accessories needed!


At this ,May 2000 picture I take the role of an old settler/hunter of the northern woods around 1800. Together with some twenty other enthusiasts I made that 350 kilometer march on foot in 11 days to rediscover an old Swedish trader ´s route. I carry hand made rifle and accoutrements of that era


I will build to order this ca 1620 Swedish match lock musket of 20 mm caliber.

It is, to the last minute detail , an exact copy of a Swedish General Issue musket, originally built at Jönköping Arsenal, and presently part of the collection of the Royal Army Museum in Stockholm, where my drawings and measurements of the gun were also executed. This was the type of gun issued to Swedish troops in major battles on the European continent during Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus´campaigns of the Thirty Years War. Also it was the very type of musket sent by government to be used by military personal in Sweden´s North American colony on the Delaware between 1638 and 1655. The barrel is of my own construction and made of tough steel , SIS 2244. Caliber is 20 mm with a breech plug made tocompletely seal off the black powder residue from the threads.

 


The ram rod has a spring steel device at the front end, used to scrape the black powder residue from the interior of the barrel to facilitate reloading.



I will also build to order this powder flask in different sizes, that is the proper type with my matchlock musket. Flask is of wood covered with linen and velvet or thin leather and with hand made metal fittings and tufts.

Musket fork that fits my musket and that I will build to order.







The lock with its internal parts and all other metal parts are forged and completely handmade, and are very closely fitted together. The stock of the gun is of swedish alder or birch wood cut by myself and dried for five to seven years. It is finished according to old methods

 

Handforged nails hold the steel butt plate to the stock.

I will also build, to order,an exact copy of a Scandinavian snaphaunce hunting rifle of ca 12 mm caliber.
This rifle I copied from an original gun that is in my personal collection. It was common in the northern parts of the Scandinavian countries and around the Baltic Sea, and was used in Sweden from the early 17TH century and into the late 20TH century.
The very short buttstock is held only tothe chin when aiming and the shooter often laid on his back, supportingthe barrel of the riffle between his lifted and crossed legs. Sometimes the trunk of a tree or a stone would steady the aiming. The powder horns with measure and bullet pouch in one unit I will also built to order. This is the type that was commonly used in sweden and other scandinavian countries,and it is correct with this type of rifle. Leather is bark tanned deer hide.

The snaplock parts are forged from soft iron and then color case hardened in a mixture of charcoal and charred .bone. I stamp my barrels and locks `` MW.`` Stock is made of swedish birch wood that has been dried for five to seven years. Since my guns and accessories are completely handmade they are all individuals . Hence no gun or powder flask or whatever it is, is exactly like the other. They very closely copy the original speciemen, just like in the old days when every gun was hand made, but when carefully checked they will all show small differences, because the eye rather than the scale is often used for measurements. Neither will any of my products show signs of machine tooling. This is simply because all parts are completely handmade with a maximum wood to metal fit. This will also give that unique feeling that you are holding a one of a kind gun or powder flask in your hands.

A similar type of rifle is represented among the guns found on board the wreck of the swedish 17TH century warship WASA. This rifle is a great shooter, using that old method of lying down aiming. At the 80 meter range my own gun will group within an inch or two, and this with very crude sights directly copied from the original ones. The octagonal barrel is made in my own shop and precision rifled using cam bar rifling machine I also build my own rifling heads of the hook type. These tools are quite complicated and require many hours to complete. Oil under pressure is feed to the cutting edge to wash out the tiny metal chips that the operation will remove from inside the barrel.


The present cam bar rifling machine that I built about ten years ago.
 


Rifling head of hook type that I build myself and use in rifling all my barrels. In fact, I also rifled some high power nitro powder barrels for modern bolt action rifles with this equipment

As all of my guns and accessories are 100 % handmade, time of delivery will vary Price will be given on request

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