Two rifles made by Wallace
Gusler in 1967
The barrel was one of the first hand forged examples that Wallace and I made at the Deane Forge in 1966. We had no wrought iron at that time, so it was welded up out of 1010 mild steel. We found steel harder to work with than wrought iron because the higher carbon makes it easier to burn. The barrel came out at .53 caliber and just a bit under 40 inches long.
When it was made this rifle had a lock made by Russ Hamm. It was marketed as a copy of a lock from a Peter Gonter rifle. In about 1974 that lock was replaced with a more reliable Siler lock assembled by Bud Siler.
This second rifle was made on custom order and also completed in 1967.
It used a .50 caliber G. R. Douglas tapered and flared barrel and Russ Hamm, P. Gonter lock. The more elaborate art is more typical of Wallace's early custom work.