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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
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Courtesy of White Muzzleloading.
INVOLVEMENT WITH GRRW
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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).
the "GRRW Collectors Association" ( known as
) links above for how the new venture works, its as
clean & made as easy as possible.
for your time.