About David F. Price, Sr.
David first started building muzzle loading rifles as a hobby in 1960. He was self taught until he attended the gun building
classes at the University of Western Kentucky. While at the university he took instructional classes from Tom Rendant in Metal
engraving, carving with Wallace Gussler in 1996 and carving again from John Bivens in 1997. These classes were the turning
point in his gun building career, leading him into full time gun building in 1998.
David is a charter member of the Contemporary Longrifle Association (CLA), a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle
Association (NMLRA) since 1960, a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman and a member of the NRA.
David enjoys many things about his craft, including hunting with the flintlock rifle and primitive biathlons (wooden snowshoes
and traditional muzzleloader). His favorite things to do include occasionally teaching gun building classes in his shop and
giving shooting instructions of the flintlock rifle at the "Outdoor Woman's Program" for the New Hampshire Fish
and Game. (See link to Program information below)
In June you will find David at the NMLRA National range where he shoots competitively and displays his latest creations
in Gun Builders Hall. In July, he is usually at Dixon's Gun Makers Fair in Pennsylvania. While at Dixon's, he has a display
table and also has seminars on gun building. During the month of August he attends the Contemporary Longrifle Association's
annual meeting where he has a display table.
David has developed two "rifle building kits," including a swivel breech rifle kit and a New England style rifle
Over the years he has built many different styles of rifles but his first love is building swivel breech flintlock rifles.
Quote from David's wife, Esther:
"David builds flintlock rifles with the passion of a love affair and that's okay with me."
David and Esther have been married for close to fifty years. They reside in Contoocook, NH where they turned their vacation
spot into their full time home in 1986. Their two children, David and Pamela, live only minutes away, allowing David and Esther
to be very close to their four grandchildren.