.54 Caliber Gentleman’s Pistol by Ken Stanley and Chuck Edwards
Few weapons capture the artistic grandeur of the flintlock era quite like a refined gentleman’s pistol, and this year the CLF is pleased to present a truly stunning example by gunsmiths Ken Stanley and Chuck Edwards.
Inspired by a pistol originally created by Pennsylvania’s legendary Kuntz family of gunsmiths, Stanley created this exquisite handgun around a .54 caliber, 10 3/4”, rifled barrel, stocked in curly maple. Stanley entirely scratch built the sterling silver furniture for this piece, including the nose cap, thimbles, and trigger guard.
Chuck Edwards lent his considerable talents in finishing this piece, engraving the barrel and furniture and checkering the grip. Edwards finished the pistol with aquafortis stain and a hand-rubbed oil finish. The original Kuntz pistol’s lock was engraved “Ashmore Warranted”; in a fitting homage to the modern lock’s maker, Edwards engraved the lock on this pistol with the words “Chambers Warranted.”
A remarkable combination of elegant lines and fine craftsmanship, Ken Stanley and Chuck Edwards’ gentleman’s pistol is nothing short of a masterpiece of the gunsmith’s art.
For more information on the work of the artists, contact:
Ken Stanley: email@example.com
Chuck Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Pletcher, editor