There are two types of casting used in our muzzleloading arms today. One is a cheaper sand cast, which is easily recognized by its terribly rough and heavy appearance and unfortunately is almost always undersized. It is produced by using a sand form which causes the distorted features and extremely rough textured surfaces. It is by its very nature, demanding on the builder, requiring tedious long hours of filing and sanding to get the part to the necessary finished appearance. We at Historical Armsmaker, do NOT make sand castings. Instead, we use the more detailed and excellent finished result of the investment cast process.

Investment castings use the lost wax process which requires high quality hard molds from which a wax is produced, then a foundry casts in the metal required. It is a highly involved process which is more expensive, but well worth all the efforts. As such, investment castings are more expensive up front to the builder, but save precious finishing time in labor to achieve the final finish. Often only minor touch-ups are required and the builder can go straight to sanding and polishing. Susanne has taken her designs one step further in quality. All Historical Armsmaker investment castings have inletting draft cast into the shaping of the part. That alone saves hours of tedious filing to achieve the perfect inlet of your part. In addition, details specific to a parts style or building requirements are typically cast into the surface to make your build even more historically accurate. So don't be discouraged by the higher price. Look closely at the casting, and take comfort that a master builder designed the casting knowing exactly what we all need in a muzzleloading casting!

Historical Armsmaker manufactures our own molds from our own masters and produces our own proprietary line of investment castings from them for both rifles and pistols. We are a specialist in European pistols and make investment castings and mountings ranging from 1690 to 1800 in holster pistols (also known as horse pistols), English dragoons, and gentlemens fine pistols, after the manner of European examples. These pieces are painstakingly designed and produced according to the design methodology of old, but meant to be used with available parts today to make your build easier. Our investment castings are not reproduced from an original part which would then produce a shrunken part too small to present an accurate reproduction and most likely with all the wear and tear associated with an original part."

Lancaster Sideplate

One of the most common sideplates to the Lancaster school of longrifle architecture, this sideplate fits the Chambers Large Siler locks, L&R Dickert, L&R Classic flint and percussion locks.

24040 Brass Lancaster Sideplate $11.95
24045 German Silver Lancaster Sideplate $14.00
24050 Steel Lancaster Sideplate $10.50
Sideplate, Late Lancaster

Late Lancaster Buttplate

This style buttplate was common to the latter period of the Lancaster School of architecture including the percussion era. The tall more narrow comb features the classic wedding band and flat facets ending up with a shooter comfortable knob end. Used from about 1800-1820.

37000 Brass Lancaster Buttplate $28.50
37005 Steel Lancaster Buttplate $22.50
37010 German Silver Buttplate $35.00
Buttplate, Late Lancaster

Late Lancaster Triggerguard

This style triggerguard was common to the latter period of the Lancaster School of architecture including the percussion era. Thin, small and fine, it features the classic styling and flat facets typical of this school. Used from about 1800-1820.

Fits the small Davis No 004 double set triggers or any single triggers. Larger set triggers will not work in this guard.

37100 Brass Lancaster Triggerguard $28.50
37105 Steel Lancaster Triggerguard $22.50
37110 German Silver Lancaster Triggerguard $35.00
Triggerguard, Late Lancaster


New investment castings are being developed now. They include buttplates, triggerguards, sideplates, nosecaps, wedge keys, front and rear sights, single triggers and thimbles (just to name a few), for both rifles and pistols. Pistol castings include several types of butt caps and retainers, wrist inlays, sideplates and thimbles. Hundreds of original parts are being made now as masters for the new product line. It is a huge undertaking, but necessary.