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Offline Brent English

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New Mike Brooks Gun
« on: March 18, 2019, 03:54:15 PM »
Made the trip to Iowa on Sunday and picked up a gun from our very own Mike Brooks.  I commissioned Mike to make this gun, a copy of an early trade gun featured at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.  Mike did a great job capturing the spirit of the old gun, which was stocked in curly ash.  Can't wait to shoot it.  20 gauge, 42" Colerain barrel with L&R Queen Anne lock.  Mike did a one-off casting of the trigger guard and fabricated the early sheet metal style serpent side plate.   If we ask him nice, he might post a few pictures of the gun.

Done right is better than done fast.

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2019, 05:28:34 PM »
PLEASE! PLEASE ! PRETTY PLEASE!
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2019, 07:38:06 PM »
Mr. Brooks may well be the premier builder of our time.

His ability to capture the soul and character of the old guns is beyond measure. His eye for correct architecture, flawless. Nothing short of the word ďartĒ is appropriate for his work, unlike so many builders out there.

Friend, I envy you!!

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2019, 09:09:28 PM »
Mr. Brooks may well be the premier builder of our time.

His ability to capture the soul and character of the old guns is beyond measure. His eye for correct architecture, flawless. Nothing short of the word ďartĒ is appropriate for his work, unlike so many builders out there.

Friend, I envy you!!

Heís really good but donít make his head explode.
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2019, 10:21:43 PM »

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Heís really good but donít make his head explode.
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Isn't it a little late??  :o :-\ 8)
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Offline Bob Roller

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2019, 12:01:02 AM »
I'm a bit vexed. There was no picture for me.Maybe I ain't supposed to have one. :'(

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 12:19:23 AM »
 Man you guys must not hunt, you don't hang out the bait and them set off firecrackers. You'll scare 'em off for sure.
 Now, let's try this again...

   Tim C.

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2019, 12:21:52 AM »
Mr. Brooks may well be the premier builder of our time.

His ability to capture the soul and character of the old guns is beyond measure. His eye for correct architecture, flawless. Nothing short of the word ďartĒ is appropriate for his work, unlike so many builders out there.

Friend, I envy you!!
And everyone wonders   why I'm a legend in my own mind! ;D

I can rattle off an easy 1/2 dozen people's work I like better than mine, but thanks for the ego boost! Guess I better get busy getting those pics cropped and posted.
NEW WEBSITE! www.mikebrooksflintlocks.com
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2019, 12:42:30 AM »
For some reason I can't down load pics...that's a first.
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 01:31:23 AM »
For some reason I can't down load pics...that's a first.

Mike,
I think our "free" image hosting service is having website problems.
Give it some time and see if it starts back.
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2019, 10:07:01 AM »
I get one picture with some old fart in front of a wall.
I must say, the gun looks quite fair, in the enlargement.
Nice.
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2019, 04:18:15 PM »
Ok, pictures work today. Pretty curly eh? I stained with Kibler's stuff, I thought the color turned out great.












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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2019, 04:19:57 PM »
I get one picture with some old fart in front of a wall.
I must say, the gun looks quite fair, in the enlargement.
Nice.
That guy is really ugly in enlargement. :o
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Offline Bob Roller

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2019, 04:35:24 PM »
OUTSTANDING bit of gun making.I was once told that if someone would combine my face with
the rear end of a bull dog he could tree the devil ;D.

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2019, 05:52:23 PM »
I get one picture with some old fart in front of a wall.
I must say, the gun looks quite fair, in the enlargement.
Nice.
That guy is really ugly in enlargement. :o
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2019, 07:14:44 PM »
In the interest of seeing Mike's head explode:  Mike, outstanding job on that beautiful fowler!  Still saving up my coins for one of your prizes.
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2019, 08:32:50 PM »
  My big regret ( don't tell Mike) was not buying that Lehigh that he had at the CLA. I think Stoner got that one. But being frugal and cheap. I miss on several nice guns. Always figure I can go home and cobble something up.!!
  Certainly got enough parts laying around..!   Oldtravler

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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2019, 08:58:29 PM »
  My big regret ( don't tell Mike) was not buying that Lehigh that he had at the CLA. I think Stoner got that one. But being frugal and cheap. I miss on several nice guns. Always figure I can go home and cobble something up.!!
  Certainly got enough parts laying around..!   Oldtravler
I didnít get that one.
Iím pretty sure that heís going to have another Lehigh at the Knoxville show. Get off some of that cash youíve hidden away!

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2019, 01:01:28 AM »
  My big regret ( don't tell Mike) was not buying that Lehigh that he had at the CLA. I think Stoner got that one. But being frugal and cheap. I miss on several nice guns. Always figure I can go home and cobble something up.!!
  Certainly got enough parts laying around..!   Oldtravler
Well, I hate to see a fella live with big regret so I saved that one back for you. Bring money and a gun case to the up coming TN show and it's yours. ;D
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2019, 03:17:20 AM »
   Hmmmmmm.  decisions, decisions . Time to wheel and deal...but I still like spending Stoner or Cades money..!  Ha ha

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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2019, 03:43:53 AM »
   Hmmmmmm.  decisions, decisions . Time to wheel and deal...but I still like spending Stoner or Cades money..!  Ha ha
I wonít have any money for you to spend old buddy. I put all of my allowance into Brooksís Oerter gun. Iím going to have to borrow gas money and beg for meals at the show  :-\

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2019, 04:53:44 PM »
Mike , Your a master of blending the look of the  old and the new .
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2019, 09:51:33 PM »
   Stoner I got one of those box lunches for yeah !!  But some how I think if you see something that lights your fancy. Your going to find away !!! 
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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2019, 11:46:09 PM »
Dang Mike, that is beautiful work.  I especially like the side plate.

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Re: New Mike Brooks Gun
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2019, 12:13:02 AM »
Nice. That's a beautiful piece of wood. The color did turn out really nice, did you just use Kibler's iron nitrate or did you use the tannic acid too?
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