March 23, 2006

Why I've been somewhat quiet recently - my new Brazilian


Check out the pics.


Yes, I have other interests other than computers, technology, and the web.

I've been lucky enough to spend some quality time in the garage the last couple of weeks.  Of course more time spent on one hobby means less time spent on others (kids: that's called opportunity costs) so I haven't been writing as much as I would like.

I've always had an interest in amateur gunsmithing, especially bolt-action rifles and building custom rifles from military surplus rifles.  I've always had some hands-on type hobby, whether it be working on cars, electronics, or guns.  I get the interest in firearms honestly - inherited it from my father.  He was a pretty good amateur gunsmith himself, though his niche was flintlocks - building them from scratch.  Not scratch as in buy the kit from the store and put it together, but scratch as in go cut a blank from a maple tree in the back field, dry it, and carve a stock.  I now have in my posession (probably the last) two of the guns he built - most of the rest were stolen at various times in the past.  They are not my particular niche, but they are beautiful and you have to admire the workmanship - like car guys: an old-school hot rodder may not be fond of an import tuner, but he can admire the love and craftsmanship applied to the customizations.

Another thing that my have contributed to my fondness of firearms is 6 years as a light infantry grunt in the Army.  Getting to play around with nearly every small arm (and some larger!) in the Army inventory over that time can tend to bend (or warp if you will) young minds!

Anyway, the pics linked to above are the culmination of my first full-scale project rifle.  I now have a new one already torn down and waiting for me on my work bench.

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  1. I can’t believe it has been over 3 years since I finished my first rifle . Times slips away too quickly

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