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Old 04-04-2001, 02:05 AM   #1
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Darn it!

I'm tempted to go into the safe and take some pics of some of my 'older' work.
Trouble is....although none of my work is perfect, it keeps gettin' better, and I'm a'scairt of being judged by work a few years old.
Well, once this digi-cam is returned from its loan, the process of 35mm prints to decent resolution scans on a 90mhz 'puter will dampen my desire.

you know the drill.
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Old 04-04-2001, 03:55 AM   #2
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Ok, its late and I'll add to this.

It was the American Handgunner pictures of the early to mid-eighties, of the work of Steve Nastoff, Richard Heinie and Paul Liebenburg,
that drove me from a fairly rewarding trade to pistolsmithing.
In the intervening years, I have seen only a few guns, from craftsmen of varying abilities, that match the sheer cosmetic perfection of those guns of years ago.
I spent many an hour wondering how can Liebenburg fabricate and fit a grip safety so well.....or how can Heinie stop/border his checkering so perfectly?
Hey with all candor, I gotta wonder if those years were not the pinnacle of cosmetic attention.
Has Ichiro's photography become less air-brushed, or has the 'peak' slipped just so slightly?
AH no longer seems to be 'the source' of pics of 'the best'.
Why, I do not even care to speculate.
Forums such as this, and modern digital photography tell all.
Pics do not lie......unless digitally enhanched.
What's the rest of you think?

Old 04-04-2001, 03:58 AM   #3
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Chuck, I'm not sure how exactly to submit photos. I have a few that I keep for my website, etc., but I've only ever emailed them as an attachment. My website guy could probably tell me, I guess, but is there a simple way?? Maybe others are as ignorant as I am?
Old 04-04-2001, 04:38 AM   #4
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I'll try, realize I'm a non-competent stumbler myself.

1st step, open a:


account. Free.
Then double expand the photo to find the url of the high-res pic.


Try it, it might work!

Old 04-04-2001, 09:04 AM   #5
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I am still at it. I spend as much if not more time now on cosmetic detail as I ever did. I hope you will be seeing another of my Pistols in Handgunner or Guns some time this year. I should have one coming up in Shooting Times, very shortly.
Handgunner has to put other Smiths Pistols in or people would quit buying the magazine. I think you would get tired of looking at 3 or 4 guys Pistols all the time.
I just had some new photos done of a Consecutive Numbered pair of Commanders I did. I am going to have it on my Web Site as
soon as we get time to do it.
Old 04-08-2001, 05:18 PM   #6
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Some of us really like your work especially in the 10mm flavor. I have spent more than a few minutes tracking down the guns you have built over the years that your customers sell on the used market.
I think we need to have more not less Heinie pics and articles in American Handgunner.
Ok, someone invite Cameron Hopkins to the boards.
Old 04-08-2001, 06:03 PM   #7
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I just emailed Cameron about this board. He's a very busy man, but maybe he'll be able to find time to visit us.
Old 04-13-2001, 07:24 AM   #8
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I've got a few...here's one of my favorites!

By the way, this is my first post here. Glad I found you guys. I was, until recently, blissfully unaware of the 1911forum problem. Looks like this will be a great site!

Old 04-13-2001, 09:11 AM   #9
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Welcome Mikey!
It's a lot like ole' home wee around here!
Old 04-25-2001, 10:21 PM   #10
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How about an older ('83) Wilson. Back before most of the Wilson brand parts. Bar-Sto, Swenson, Bo-Mar, Videki, etc.


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