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 on the left was the shortest way to
answer most of the questions, see "About
Referring to Doctor Gary White who
started GRRW back in the early 1970's
with the name being seen in magazine ads
thoughout the 1970's and early 1980's.
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.
THE NW TRADE
GUN "Blue Jacket" Sanders and "Grizz"
Roberts started to work on a less expensive
rifle than the any of the others being built
in the 1980’s. It was a full stocked, flat
butt plate, single trigger, 3 pins instead
of keys, two forward ferrules only, no
fore-end cap, a plain smoothbore gun.
Courtesy of White Muzzleloading.
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
Having read & knew about the rifles built by the
Hawken brothers & begin raised in the Chester &
Lancaster counties in PA. I also knew about 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 muzzle loading
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
“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
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.
The rifles of GRRW had a large following and
continued with every mountain man or fur trade
movie released. This period was very successful
for all involved with the rendezvous circuit and
the magazines that wrote about the hay days of
the fur trade in North America.
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
Our first order was January 2016 with a Leman
Trade Rifle built by Carl Walker ( just like the
past when Carl built GRRW's first rifle ).
Check the "GRRW Collectors Association" ( known
) links above for how the new venture works, its
as clean & made as easy as possible.
Thank you for your time.
have nothing to do with the gun
building process. Any issues need to
be addressed between you and your
gunsmith, your the only two involved
with getting what you want. I maybe
asked to find parts if needed.
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