This is a 40 cal., iron mounted pistol. The barrell has a hand filed swamp in it and measures 14 in. long, with my name,and a scroll on either side engraved on the top flat. The breech plug tang is, evgraved and inlayed with silver, and stamped with a heart. The stock is of curly maple stained dark with nitric acid. On the back of the grip there is an engraved steel band all the way around to the trigger guard, which has a silver plate for the owners name, and 4 raised silver flowers. There is an engraved silver plate on the bow of the trigger guard, along with a cross and two flowers stamped on the rear section of the grip. Each double ramrod thimble is filed octagonal with a wedding band on either end of all four. The nose cap is cast pewter, and the sideplate is inlayed with silver and stamped with my touchmark.
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