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Bryan Ivlow draws a crowd of like-minded gun enthusiasts

By David Knopf, News Editor

Bryan Ivlow and Liz Johnson represented Friends of the James Farm Saturday. Ivlow brought firearms from his collection, including a Civil War rifle musket made in 1863. (Photos by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Bryan Ivlow and Liz Johnson represented Friends of the James Farm Saturday. Ivlow brought firearms from his collection, including a Civil War rifle musket made in 1863. (Photos by David Knopf/Richmond News)

When you build a gun as intricate and aesthetically pleasing as Bryan Ivlow’s squirrel gun, it doesn’t hurt if it works well, too.
Ivlow, a featured guest at the Friends of the James Farm table for Outlaw Days, brought seven eye-catching firearms with him.

1863 Civil War musket

1863 Civil War musket

Included was a 40-caliber squirrel gun that he built. He refers to it as a “Golden Age Squirrel Rifle,” a flintlock that’s as good looking as it’s effective.
Ivlow, who lives near Holt, says he’s used the rifle for its desired purpose – much to the chagrin of several squirrels.
Six of the seven guns he brought to Outlaw Days are considered replicas, but the one that’s the genuine historical article drew its share of attention.
The gun is a Civil War musket made in 1863 at the Springfield Armory, is what Ivlow calls a three-band 58 rifle musket. In addition to some hand-inscribed “Xs” beneath the lock plate, the plate is engraved with the date of manufacture.
Ivlow’s enthusiasm for historical guns is catching.
“I’ve always been a firearms enthusiast,” he said. “My motto is ‘happiness is a new gun.’ ”

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