Forestclimber, I don't have one but sure want their "early american fowler". Most things I've read about them rate them pretty high. ;D Maybe next year. I've bought way too many new guns this year already.
I have two of their rifles, a .36 Southern and a .45 Iron Penn. They are very well made, high quality arms. The owners, Matt and Toni Avance are very easy to work with and eager to accomadate their customers. I sent my Dad to them for his next rifle.
I have a friend who has about half a dozen TVMs now, rifles and fowlers, and he thinks very highly of them. I've had to do some little detail work on a couple of them, things that shouldn't have been wrong. TVM would have made them right but the expense and bother of shipping the gun back was just not worth it, not when he could con me into doing it for free. ;D
I agree that I would not call TVM a "mass produced rifle". They will make anything you want, any wood, any lock, any barrel, any stock dimensions, left or right hand, carved, engraved or plain as dirt. I don't know how much more "custom" a firearm could be. They do build to certain standard patterns, such as Early Lancaster, Early Virginia, Southern Mountain, Leman etc but didn't all of the old time gunsmiths build to a certain recognizable style?
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