About Mitch Yates
|Longrifles and Accoutrements Fashioned
in the Best and Neatest Manner.
|My interest in long rifles began at a very early age. Hanging in my grandfather’s house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania were two long rifles that had descended through the family. Their long barrels, full-length maple stocks and the fact that they weren’t to be handled kindled a lifelong fascination with long rifles and their history.
An invitation to hunt elk in Colorado prompted me to build my first rifle. Making and hunting with this rifle turned my interest into my passion. For several years I attended the NMLRA Gun builder’s school in Kentucky studying under such Masters as Wallace Gusler, Gary Brumfield, Hershal House and Jim Chambers. These classes furthered my education by providing me the opportunity to study some of the finest original rifles in the country down to the last detail while studying traditional gun building techniques. After building rifles part time for many years and winning multiple ribbons at Dixon’s Gunmakers Fair, I closed my furniture/cabinet shop to build longrifles full-time.
I build all my rifles from a plank using traditional tools and methods including forging my own iron mounts. I carefully study originals, hand select every piece of wood and use only the finest materials available to craft your rifle “in the best and neatest manner.”
I look forward to working with you to make your own family heirloom.
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