The Hobby Gunsmith

Editorial, Continued

   It started when summer hit and the family demanded that I spend time resurrecting the backyard of our home in California. There was much more work needed than I realized so there was little time left for working on guns. The work is nearing an end and we will have a very nice yard next summer with less work getting things back into order. I can now enjoy some relaxing time working with my laptop while sitting next to the 400 gallon above-ground pond with plants and about 20 entertaining goldfish.

   After the backyard work began, I came down with a viral infection so some kind that simply drained my strength. I will spare the readers the details of the illness, but it was very difficult to do much of anything for about a month while I recovered. I am feeling better now and have quite a list of projects to complete.

   On a more positive note, a local businessperson decided to take pity on The Hobby Gunsmith and donated an old, but usable, milling machine that has been in storage for quite some time. I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me when I cleaned it up, plugged it in, threw the power switch, and blew the circuit breaker of the shop. After a lot of rewiring, the machine seems to work and accessories have been ordered to make it do some of the more intricate things I want to accomplish in some future projects.




    American Western Arms when out of business since our last issue and we have a feature article on the company. I was saddened to see an American gun company close its doors and it was difficult to write the article about the failing of this company. There were people who did not want this story to be told, but Barry Globerman of AWA was helpful and candid about many of the issues that led to the closure. I interviewed a variety of sources who painted an interesting picture of the company.

  Many readers have written asking for information on how to improve the Colt SAA type firearms and we hope this will help a few people. We had an opportunity to urchase a matching pair of Uberti Regulator revolvers and this month we feature one of them being slicked up into a very nice and smooth action.

   We have received many inquiries asking us to do a series of articles on ammunition reloading so we are introducing the first article with this issue. This month we discuss the fundamentals of how our ammunition works. In future articles, we will step the reader through the basics of reloading using a single stage press, advance on to using a progressive, feature shotgun reloading, and then introduce loading for the increasingly popular blackpowder categories of cowboy action shooting.


   Wood may be the theme of next month’s Hobby Gunsmith. We have several projects that have been holding and we will dig out our woodworking tools and start working on them. These include finishing the stock for the Baikal shotgun, making a new stock for a Remington SxS shotgun, building a flintlock pistol, a pepperbox, and a single barrel .45 caliber percussion pistol. We also hope to get that milling machine into operation so we can finish up the various conversion projects that need cartridge extractors with special machining. Time and money will tell.

   We received many favorable letters about the Kirst Conversion articles. The mail would indicate that readers would like to see our projects in a single large article instead of being spread over several issues. We are considering making a change to being a quarterly e-zine in order to make these changes. I would appreciate hearing from our readers on this idea. Let me know if you would like to keep the articles spread out or if you would prefer a quarterly e-zine with more complete articles.

   We hope that we will be able to better focus on the projects through this winter as we become more bound to stay around the homestead and not needing to work on a series of home improvement projects. Only time will tell. I can tell that from the volume of e-mails coming into The Hobby Gunsmith that people are missing the publication and I hope to not let people down through the next year.

Best Regards,

 Keith T. Chiles, Editor