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William Vietor, Master Gunsmith

     William Vietor was a farmer, skilled machinist, and sought after gunsmith and violin maker in the Reelsville area of southwest Putnam County.  His custom made, hand crafted competition muzzleloaders are treasured.  He was a crack shot, participating in X matches around west central Indiana in the 1940's until his death in 1968.


     Impressive craftsmanship is evident in the tools, patterns and firearms created by Vietor. Various muzzle-loading gun paraphernalia, including items made by Mr. Vietor and those under his direction, have been loaned to showcase his specialty.

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William Vietor in his workshop.

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