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  • Long time gun collector (40 +years) Gunsmith for 25 years and Firearms Conservator for two Museums.
  • Gurnee, Illinois,Illinois
  • Antique American Firearms, US History
  • retired mechanical engineer


  • Posted in thread: Was Busy.... I'm back on 03-17-2013 at 10:01 PM
    Hello All, It has been awhile and time goes by so quickly, especially as you get older. Many
    museum projects have taken up alot of my time coupled with a few health concerns. As I have
    told before< I ...

  • Posted in thread: 1851 Navy Colt variation on 05-13-2010 at 02:56 AM
    Hello Hank, I too am fond of the Navy Colt, but they are very difficult to get lettered. It
    seem that there aren't much records for the pre-war guns. I hate throwing away three hundred
    bucks so I rare...

  • Posted in thread: 1851 Navy Colt variation on 05-12-2010 at 03:10 AM
    Hello hr, Thanks for the reply. I am aware of the information you provided. I have Swayze's
    book and several others. Sometimes ther are otherr collectors out there that know information
    not in the "bo...

  • Posted in thread: Cylinder troubles on 04-12-2010 at 06:14 AM
    First off, brass frame open top (Colt style) revolvers can be quite weak. On the other hand,
    after several rounds of firing there can be a build-up of fouling on the cylinder face,
    preventing easy rot...

  • Posted in thread: Old Collector on 04-12-2010 at 05:51 AM
    Hello, My name is John, the nickname is an old handle used as my call designator in Vietnam. It
    just stuck. I have been collecting guns as budget would allow for over forty years. Mainly
    antique Ameri...

  • Posted in thread: 1851 Navy Colt variation on 04-10-2010 at 05:56 PM
    Hello all, I have been a gun collector for little over 40 years and recently become in serious
    collecting of Early Colt Firearms. I am looking for information concerning rare variations of
    the 1851 Na...

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