One hell of a Christmas gift

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by deadeye, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. deadeye

    deadeye New Member

    28
    0
    0
    My wife and I were in Seattle visiting her family for Christmas. Unfortunately, I had to abandon the family on Christmas eve and drive five hours to take care of an essential work obligation. I'd had a wonderful time visiting with the family and was disappointed about cutting my vacation short. I said my goodbyes, loaded my car with what I needed, and prepared to hit the road. My father-in-law stopped me on the way out, and said he had a Christmas present for me to open the next day. Out came a large flat wrapped box. We're both gun guys, and have given firearms to one another as gifts several times over the years. I figured he'd gotten me something that goes bang and that was enough to cheer me right up. I put the box in the car and took off for home.

    I took care of what I needed to at work this morning and headed home to an empty house. I knew my wife and kiddo were having a good time so I wasn't feeling very bad about my predicament. I poured myself a glass of Christmas libation, called all of my family to wish everyone a merry Christmas, and then set my sights on the mystery box from my father in law.

    With all the tragic craziness that has gone on recently I figured it contained something I might not be able to get my hands on in the near future. Boy, was I mistaken. Christmas wrap removed, I was facing a nondescript hand made wooden box with ornate brass hardware. I suddenly felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. I haven't felt that way in a long time, believe you that. I took a sip from my beverage and just savored that feeling for a couple of minutes.

    When I finally worked the latches and lifted the lid, I honestly sat stunned at what I was looking at for a while. I own more than my share of firearms, but none as beautiful as what I was looking at. My father-in-law's brother had fashioned me one family heirloom of a kit-built muzzle loader. It's a plum browned, metal inlaid, piece of art. He then sent it to my father-in-law who built the custom box for it containing every accessory I'd need to shoot, clean, and care for it for years to come.

    How do you thank a couple of guys for something like this? I have no idea. It's a labor of love that I'll be honored to pass along to my son one day, and if all goes right, he to his. This is my very first black powder gun, and it's really beyond what I have the words for. Are there prettier ones out there? Some would argue, absolutely. But, certainly not from where I'm sitting. tomorrow is going to be a very special range day.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  2. shaker

    shaker New Member

    178
    0
    0
    That's awesome man!!!!!
     

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

    3,852
    0
    0
    WOW. Your father in law is really grateful you took his daughter off his hands. I kid. That's a great gift. You're blessed to have family like that.
     
  4. 2ndfan

    2ndfan New Member

    41
    0
    0
    Wow! Love the custom box, not to mention the rifle.
     
  5. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

    1,931
    0
    0
    Me too that is one helluva rifle!

    Where have you been 2ndfan?
     
  6. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

    7,307
    263
    83
    Have to say it, I am a fan of the modern inlines, but if I wound up with something like that rifle for Chirstmas, I would not be disappointed. Both the box and the rifle a beautiful and functional works of art. Enjoy them. More importantly, make sure you enjoy it with your wife and son, that way he will want to do the same with his.

    BTW.You have a cool FIL. The most mine ever gave me was detailing supplies for Christmas. Remember to thank him and your BIL.
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

    5,217
    173
    63
    That`s just plain beautiful, you really made out like a fat rat..............
     
  8. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

    3,617
    0
    0
    Well Deadeye, that's one heckuv'an invitation to the fraternity!
    It's a special classic...
     
  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

    19,156
    0
    0
    You must have done well with their grandkids!

    Beautiful rifle!
     
  10. Barney1023

    Barney1023 New Member

    128
    0
    0
    Wow that is absolutely beautiful!!!!!
     
  11. Ozasia

    Ozasia New Member

    10
    0
    0
    That is just BEAUTIFUL. You must feel as flash as a rat with a gold tooth.
     
  12. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

    60
    0
    0
    Deadeye,

    Congratulations. Is that a Lyman Great Plains? What caliber is it. Your right that is the present of a life time, even more important is the time put into it.

    Bobg
     
  13. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

    6,489
    0
    0
    Very nice Late Plains style rifle. What caliber is it? Some one did a fine job on the German Silver inlays.
     
  14. cuate

    cuate New Member

    166
    0
    0
    How nice ! The craftmanship on both rifle and the storage box, quite a gift from they who love and respect you !

    I can't do photos but my eldest Son brought me for christmas a Buffalo Bill Commemorative Winchester 94, with octagon barrel, never fired and in brand new condition. And I shall leave it in the unfired, absolute new looking condition so long as I ahall live.
     
  15. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    7,141
    0
    0
    That's impressive.
     
  16. cgersty

    cgersty New Member

    536
    0
    0
    That is a very nice rifle!
     
  17. deadeye

    deadeye New Member

    28
    0
    0
    It's mostly a .54 caliber Lyman Great Plains kit gun. Apparently the barrel is not. I thought it was, but after talking to my uncle he said he put a barrel with a 1 in 64" twist to make it a little more accurate with patched round balls. He also made and set the silver inlays. Whatever he did, it sure works. I took it to the range and shot the pictured group off a rest at fifty yards with a 90 grain charge of pyrodex. I forgot my spotting scope and just held the same point of aim over the three shots. I didn't even know for sure if I hit the target, until I walked out to take a look. I think this rifle is going to cause a deer to have a very, very, bad day this fall. I plan to stretch it out to 100 yards and feed her some real FFg powder my next range day. My uncle got a heartfelt hand written letter and the target in the picture as thanks. He'll also get one very old bottle of booze next I see him.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  18. deadeye

    deadeye New Member

    28
    0
    0
    That's one I sure would like to see!