dan's daily/Weekly Updates  9-5

A note to remind all who have a jug choked gun; YOU CAN SAFELY SHOOT ROUND BALLS IN THE GUN! I would never perform any procedure which would make a firearm dangerous either. Another one of the positive things about jug choking is that in a LOT of cases, it makes round balls group better. Thanks.

9-5 Due to customer demand, I've decided to start producing David Crockett Rifle locks for sale. The lock is 5.5" by 1" wide, with unbridled frizzen.The lock is Germanic style with a FINELY detailed frizzen spring. Go to Crockett page for a nice photo of the lock. The example shows a finely hand polished lock, though the commercial version will be in standard, fine-matte sandblast finish. Locks will be $215...call now to order yours! Production will begin in about 2-3 weeks. I'll get one finished and photographed soon!

As of 7/28, shipping price has increased to $65 except for short versions of Northwest guns. FedEx used to have a length limit of 60 inches for "oversize" packages. My boxes are 59" and they just decreased the length limit to 48" and extra charges.    

10-19 SOLD! I finished up a Southern Mountain Rifle  a while backwith interchangeable .36 and .45 caliber barrels. I engraved a great little "primitive" deer on the trigger guard and it is pretty entertaining! New pics

10-19 I've got a new page showing new guns built, photographed and posted so you can see the latest guns going out of the shop. Most have custom engraving, carving, wood etc. so there's usually something different to see! Just hit the link to new page below. I've just been so busy getting turkey guns out and filling lock orders that I haven't kept up on the website!!

10-19 New guns photographed and posted!  7 new guns posted. including N.W. canoe gun and targets.

2-14 I just got a customer's rifle finished with a kind of unique engraving job. He brought in a Henry Yellow Boy" which is a brass receiver, lever action rifle. He wanted a cougar on one of the panels, a banner with his name on it on the offside and some other border and scrollwork. I just got it finished and if you'd like to see it , just click the link...Engraved Henry "Yellow Boy" rifle

As of Jan. 5th, there is a price increase on the firearms. I haven't raised prices in about 5 years and of course, things have changed a bit in that period of time.  I've got new prices posted!


The holidays are almost here and I want to wish everyone all the best for this blessed season. I'm taking off a few days to see the family and make a few feeble efforts at the last of hunting deer for the year! They've got their heads tucked into the thick stuff, the deer not my family, and it's going to be tough, but you never know your luck. I want to thank all of you out there who have become my friends through the years and let you know how much I appreciate your support and patronage. We ARE BLESSED to live in the greatest country in the world, with opportunity for all and the liberty to live our lives as free men and women. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and thank a veteran if you get ANY chance to do so!


I got the little custom .36 rifle my father built photographed and posted. Click here for link to page. Also, a customer sent a picture of a fine buck he got with a Southern Mountain Rifle. I posted the link on the "Dan's Tips" page


 I got 2 more guns photographed and posted. Both are  English Fowlers with .54/20 gauge barrel systems. Both have pretty nice wood and some carving and extra decoration. I've built several other guns which I didn't have time to photograph, but got these 2 posted so you can see the newest stuff.  Nov. 2016 English Fowler.  Nov. 2016 stumpwood English Fowler. 

 GET A PRINTABLE VERSION of my Warranty Safety Use manual!!!  You can find the link on FAQ, Contact and Price List & Order pages.

12 gauge jug choked>>>>>>>>

August 11th, 2016

I got another English Game gun built, photographed and delivered. It's got custom carving and nice piece of premium maple. It's a 20 gauge which I jug choked full for turkey hunting and extra good roundball accuracy, too! 20 gauge English Game gun

August 2nd

I got 2 more Southern Mountain rifles finished, photographed and shipped. I can't photograph all the guns I  build because of the extensive time required, but try to get some of the more interesting, custom decorated guns posted so you can see what's coming out of the shop. 2 new Southern Mountain Rifles>>>I also got my 2 biggest bucks back from the taxidermist last month and got them hung in the great room. I also feed the fish in King's river from the deck. There's a wide variety of catfish, carp, various sunfish, bass etc. that hang out at the trough to get their daily "handouts". A very interesting fish showed up about 3 weeks ago, a mostly white carp. He's got all white fins and tail, a white stripe down his back, white scales and a snow white face and underbelly. His scales are as bright as new copper penny...quite an unusual, interesting and pretty fish! Greatroom bucks and white carp>>>

June 10th

I got a couple of pictures from Kelley showing her turkey. I sent a picture of the turkeys and told all my buddies we used a pink flamingo decoy to lure in the gobblers.  They said they didn't believe me but I noticed that the pink flamingo company price soared overnight!  Pics & More >>>‚Äč

June 8th

Well guys, sorry AGAIN for not keeping updated posts here! I've been busy as heck processing a very large amount of lock parts, lock plates, butt plates, springs etc. and have also been building guns to keep things moving around here.

I see it's been over a month for my daily/weekly updates, but I'll try to do better. Got a new photo from a customer who got a nice Colorado doe with his Southern Mountain rifle >>>

Apr. 29th

Sorry for the delay in getting things posted here! I've been busy as heck getting turkey guns built and delivered in a timely fashion. I managed to get 2 fine gobblers this spring and one for my sister Kelley. I had to call one in for her too, since she fixes all my website issues and doesn't charge me!!  New page with pictures >>>

Just got another 12 ga. English Game gun with sliding wooden patchbox done and posted.  See this fine turkey gitter! >>>

I have 1 firearm on the "available page" and I'm getting ready to start another run of stocks to begin filling backorders. I've also started a new website feature, "The Caywood Chronicles" here on the site. I'll post magazine articles from the past, hunting stories and all manner of (hopefully) interesting things for the followers of this site. I got the first posting of an article from GUNS magazine done and a few additional links of other articles.                                                                                                                              

Feb. 13th

I got a new page posted with photos of a knife I scrimshawed for President Reagan back in the 80's. That was back when I was actually able to see what the heck I was doing.  Reagan's Knife >>>

Feb. 12th

I've got a Northwest Trade gun finished and have photographs posted >>> Call for delivery schedule, price, options. Looks like we've had a pretty mild winter so far and I'm glad of it! The turkeys and deer should come through the winter in good shape and make lots more babies. I'm getting ready to start a new run of stocks today and continue filling orders. If you have any particular firearm you're thinking about, give me a call and see what I have in blanks suitable for your next new "toy"! Have a new page:  Miscellaneous Tidbits, which has some jug choked targets and also some hunting with English Fowler pictures. Cheers~

Jan. 22nd

I got another Southern Mountain rifle finished and photographed. It has .32 and .45 caliber barrels in the interchangeable  barrel system. It has nice piece of stumpwood maple, custom engraved trigger guard and iron patchbox. See this fine new toy >>> 

Yesterday, I mistakenly posted this gun having a .36 cal. barrel when it was a .32!

 I also posted a page on making ramrod thimbles if you want to wade off into the weeds to see how things are manufactured in-house >>>  

 Jan. 20th

I havetwo more guns finished, photographed and shipped.  One is a 2 barrel  firearm with interchangeable 12 gauge/.62 caliber rifled English Fowler. It has very nice premium maple wood, carved teardrop lock panels and nice breech carving - See photographs >>> 

I also have a very nice, premium maple stocked Southern Mountain Rifle. It has a little carving around the inlaid sterling silver cheekpiece for added appeal. See photographs >>>  I

t's COLD here in Arkansas, so working in the shop doesn't seem such a bad idea! Glad I'm not working outside on the house trying to get it closed in!! Have done that before several times.   

 July 27th
I have a proposal to sell and transition my business to new owners. I'm only 60 and want to continue working for a period of several years at least. I'd like to make sure the new owner has everything well in hand to continue building fine firearms and delivering the quality you've come to  to expect.
 More Information >>>

July 16
I just got a fine, left hand, stump-wood English fowler finished and photographed.  
See Photos >>>

June  27
I just posted photos of the #6 Crockett Rifle.  This fine piece of Americana is for sale due to the failing health of the original purchaser.

Price has been reduced!  >>>

 June 20
I finally got the lock sheet picture posted, the barrel work pictures posted and ALSO a 
beautiful marble cake English walnut, English Game Gun posted >>> 

It features an interchangeable 12 gauge flintlock and .62 caliber percussion rifle combination. It also has a sliding wooden patchbox, incised carving and hand engraved breech areas.

There's a list of firearms available (or at least stocks cut) that is now current, so you can see what's on hand, ready to build  >>>

If you have any questions on anything that's not answered on the FAQ page, give me a call.  CHEERS!

King's River is sure a beautiful river and I'm truly BLESSED to live on it. This early fall pic was taken about two weeks before I got my basement windows and door installed.

Here's a nice 3 lb. smallmouth I caught on King's River several years ago, before my hair started turning gray! He hit a 6 inch lizard soft bait and gave me a good fight. I just talked bad about his momma and turned him loose to fight another day!