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Too many of my memories were wiped out in 1975 by a bout with a severe influenza with EXTREMELY high fever..The hospital was going to send me home and out family doctor told the ER people NO WAY and I nearly died that night.I do remember hearing FDR's speech about Pearl Harbor but had no idea about what had happened.I remember hearing Hitler declaring war on America thru a translator,my uncle Karl Rudolf who served in Heavy Artillery in WW1 on the German side.He was married to my mother's older sister.He was part of a crew
of a big railroad gun.The turmoil in Germany after that first,unfinished war brought him and his sister to America and I really liked him.I was almost 5 years old then.
  Like many others I have had many experiences but nothing that can be of any real interest in a book.
Bob Roller
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Gun Building / Full-stocked Ferguson Rifle?
« Last post by Flint62Smoothie on January 24, 2022, 11:21:08 PM »
Does anyone here have any more information in regards to a ‘full stocked’ Ferguson rifle?

Besides the basic stock design, and lack of sling swivels, how else may it differ from that of the ordinance rifle that the military used?


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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: WTB 2 powder horns
« Last post by Mule Brain on January 24, 2022, 10:42:40 PM »
I got this pair, pm if interested

 

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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Sotheby's auction Kuntz more affordable cousin
« Last post by Eric Kettenburg on January 24, 2022, 10:18:36 PM »
I was pretty shocked at what that Kuntz/Rupp went for at Sotheby's, especially when you add on the @30% bs that they were charging on top of the gavel price.

These late pieces aren't really my thing, and I still can't get a grip on how you guys are determining Kuntz vs. John Rupp II on unsigned work.  I've had a few very interesting conversations with a guy in NJ who seems to have it figured out but I can't keep up with him.
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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Collector's Cartel
« Last post by Stoner creek on January 24, 2022, 10:11:38 PM »
Those three that I mentioned in a previous post are still out there on the prowl. I had a close encounter with one of those guys a few weeks ago. Be very careful!
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Gun Building / Re: Geo. Washington Beck
« Last post by Lucky R A on January 24, 2022, 09:51:13 PM »
Hi Taylor,
           Good eye as usual,  Yes, this stock profile does deviate from some of the other Beck rifles that i have handled.   Beck rifles are noted for fitting a wide segment of people likely for the very reason you mentioned. I will include a photo taken from the original, and you can see the somewhat higher comb line.  None the less, I have shot and sighted in this rifle and it does shoot very well.  Too bad it will likely be used for display only.
           For those of you who have asked, I will not be participating in the 18th. Century artisan show this year.  In 2017 my wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which is progressive.  I choose not to leave her alone to go to the show, I will miss it a lot, but priorities are priorities..

Ron

 



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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Collector's Cartel
« Last post by Sequatchie Rifle on January 24, 2022, 09:48:26 PM »
My comments above were a bit on the "mischievous/humorous" side and intended that way. Like other members stated, relationships prompt discussion, discussion promotes exchange of ideas/observations and often leads to trades and purchases.

I really don't subscribe to the "collector's cartel" idea. But I have been exposed to the "good old boy" cartel.........

Hope I didn't offend anyone. The Solomon Reed Rifle did get away.
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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Dutch Schultz
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on January 24, 2022, 09:40:51 PM »
I don't get it.  You guys poo poo the short starter and priming flask because there's no historical proof they existed, let alone used, but you advocate patching dry with teflon?
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Gun Building / Re: Cleaning wheellock
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on January 24, 2022, 09:36:29 PM »
I built my lock from scratch, every spring and screw.  It took a little over a month and I worked on it hard every day for at least ten hours.  What do you do for a living and what do you make in a month?  I have read that historically, wheellocks were very expensive compared to other firearms, and I can see why.
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Gun Building / Re: Geo. Washington Beck
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on January 24, 2022, 09:24:56 PM »
Ron, I'm curious regarding the stock's profile.  Did you copy the original and if so, is the comb line on your rifle the same as on the original?  The reason I ask is because your rifle deviates from what I have come to understand regarding the profile of the butt stock of Beck rifles.  A straight edge laid along the comb on your rifle comes to a point just above the breech of the barrel, yet on Beck rifles I've studied, that comb line intersects the wrist at about the middle.  This later profile is a good portion of why the Beck rifle is so conducive to offhand shooting, and seems to fit a great number of people.  Don Getz used to insist on this profile for these reasons.
I'd appreciate your comments please.
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