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I get asked several times a month about GRRW (Green River Rifle Works), its history as well as my interest in the old firm.

A link above was the shortest way to answer most of the questions, see "
About Doc". Referring to Doctor Gary White who started GRRW back in the late 1960's with the name being seen in magazine ads in 1970. For my involvement as well as so many others continue reading this page.

Thank you for your interest.

GREEN RIVER RIFLE WORKS

HAWKEN - LEMAN - POOR BOY RIFLES - TRAPPER PISTOLS – NW GUNS. Doc White’s designs of rifles became fairly famous, while some went nowhere. Inventing was second nature to him as we all know. His organization of the 'Green River Rifle Works' back in the 1970’s was probably the most exciting new venture to the buck skinning crowd. Finally a reproduction that looked like the originals & priced at a fair retail price. Doc was becoming famous with his guns & sharing his knowledge of these weapons in many articles seen in those days.

THE HAWKEN RIFLES    The Hawken is was complex rifle & did not lend itself to easy manufacture, which is why most modern ‘Hawkens’ are barely similar to the real thing. As ardent traditional muzzle loading enthusiasts, the men at GRRW wanted to make their rifles as close to the real thing as possible.

THE LEMAN RIFLES   The Leman Trade Rifle design was a compromise. Doc designed a plain, easy to manufacture but sturdy & effective hunting rifle that at least in general represented the half stock Leman rifles found on the Western Frontier.

THE POOR BOY RIFLE   There was a demand for a less expensive rifle than the Leman or Hawken in the 1970’s. Doc's response was the so-called 'Poor Boy'. It was full stocked, no butt plate, single trigger, 3 pins instead of keys, two forward ferrules only, no fore-end cap, a plain kind of rifle.
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INVOLVEMENT WITH GRRW MUZZLE LOADERS

A friend Dwain Thompson & yours truly decided to start a mountain man club in the spring of 1973 as I had over 200 acres to use for our activities (family farm with 60 arces under plow) and 150 acres of hill side (for us to use). We both knew guys that would be interested, a meeting was held & our club was started - referred to as “The Buckhorn Skinners” (named for the canyon we lived in, the Buckhorn Canyon) which was used by a few famous mountain men and a trader Mario Medina who lived near-bye & hunted in this area (carrying a Hawken rifle).

Having read & knew about the rifles built by the Hawken brothers & begin raised in the Chester & Lancaster counties in PA. I knew about them & the Leman guns. There were always articles in my father’s collector magazines about these early eastern gun builders.

I purchased my first GRRW rifle after shooting a friend's, little did I know what I was getting into? This relation with the GRRW brand started in 1973 after reading an article in a muzzleloading magazine the “Buckskin Report”. At the time I was a blanket trader carrying the usual items found in the magazines like the “Report”; TC’s Hawken rifles, CVA’s different models were the hot guns to have along with H&B hawks (nothing really special).

“The Camp Blanket” was no different than 1000’s of others, but we did get mentioned by Richard House “Beau Jock” in an issue of the “Buckskin Report” for having quality goods. Neat but I needed to have something others weren’t carrying, something like the GRRW rifle was the answer.

I had picked up a GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #1xx ?, Thomson had a GRRW Hawken #H04, Dwain knew Greg Roberts of GRRW living in Nederland & we both knew Doc White from rendezvous.
Another friend that owned a shop in Ft. Collins CO & myself contacted Greg Roberts for the first of many GRRW firearms that passed through our hands. In those early years we bought, sold or traded GRRW firearms all the time, a little higher in price over others mentioned, but sold twice as fast.



In 1980 I changed directions & decide to update the old homestead on the property with a new store front opening in ‘81. The “Camp Blanket” is now called “Buckhorn Rendezvous Inc.” with a permanent location, not just the trade blanket or trade tent of the past. Needless to say the old blanket trade faded away once the store had gotten known. GRRW guns were getting harder to get, whether new or used, we just kept working with what we could get.

In 1986 I changed directions with my personal life (divorced) & with dealing with the competition of blanket traders & kitchen table operations getting more popular changing to manufacture of supplies, “Buckhorn Limited LTD." was born. We furnished shooting patches, cleaning patches, patch lube & cleaner, shooting pouches, knife sheaths, & many of the accessories seen today. I had a pardner now that was suppose to help with sales and the production of goods. We all know about this one, "never get involved with family or friends in business". The business did well within the area, nothing liked we had hoped for, closing our doors in 1990 ending a pardnership & friendship that didn't work out.

In 1990 I moved from the farm to the Denver area, got remarried.  We started classes at a local college to help advance with our jobs. One course was "the communication of speech", standing in front of your class each Saturday & presenting a speech on various subjects. My wife & myself spent evenings at the library gathering material for out Saturday affair (she was tearing her hair out over different subjects). It was simple for me, talked about my hobbies, done deal. While she researching for a subject to use I'm researching about period edibles for a new business venture "Clark & Sons Mercantile Inc.". This business was very successful & easy to run. A gentleman from Dallas offered to purchase the operation in 2000 & a deal was made. Enough about me & the old firm which you can read about by the master Doc White.


LATE 2015

INVOLVED
ONCE AGAIN

In 2015 a friend told me about a free newsletter called “The Green River Gazette”, I subscribed & started reading about the old history of GRRW. Then a GRRW Collector's pictures started to appear, next thing I know I get talked into building a website for the GRRW brand of old. Made the mistake of having an email contact, then the questions started, so I added a comment page. Several of the former employees of GRRW started
taking part with their remarks, that’s really neat to see their names again. Ron Paull (GRRW former gunsmith) & myself started emailing about the fun times at GRRW. Then I mentioned it would be great to see the old employees together building again, he had been thinking the same thing.

In October 2015 the two of us talked to Doc White, he liked the idea of getthing the old group together but warned about old issues & the problems of GRRW at the time of its closing. First we needed a "Mission Statement & Disclaimer" then a business plan. This was all put together on one weekend, know an attorney, & the plan was simple. Read this information at the top of page, see
"Process" and "Mission".

Our first order was January 2016 with a Leman Trade Rifle built by Carl Walker (juse like the past when Carl built GRRW's first rifle).

Check the "GRRW Collectors Association" ( known as
GRRW-CA ) links above for how the new venture works, its as clean & made as easy as possible.

Thank you for your time.






 


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