A one piece, swaged brass nose cap is difficult and time consuming to make, especially if this nose cap has a ramrod groove. I have made up a two piece steel tool that I am offering for sale. It is patterned after an antique gunsmith tool from Lancaster, PA. The nose cap that it forms is copied from a John Bonewitz rifle, circa 1780. Starting with a 2” X 2” piece of annealed brass, 0.050” thick, it forms the nose cap in just minutes. The nose cap can be spread open for to fit large muzzle barrels or squeezed smaller for more narrow barrels. The tool is investment cast in 4140 alloy steel. The shape of the tool is authentic to the period and is marked on the sides “J S BROOKS” and “2012”.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers