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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
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?

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


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.
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!
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..



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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.
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?
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.
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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