Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wildcat Cartridges, The Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design, now on Amazon Kindle

Wildcat Cartridges by Fred ZeglinBack in 2005 this book had it’s first printing.  The hardback edition of the book contains 288 pages of stories, illustrations, anecdotes, instructions, and data. Many of the cartridges covered in the book include a dimensioned drawing. Foreword by Wayne van Zwoll.  The first edition if now sold out, making the book out of print.  The price of the print copies of the book have already begun to rise in price.  No reprint is planned, so recently Fred Zeglin decided to release the book through Amazon as a Kindle book.

Wildcatting has been around almost as long as the metallic cartridge case. Wildcats have an air of mystery about them, no effort is made in these pages to diminish that mystique. Yet, you will find information here that is simply not available anywhere else. P.O. Ackley was the last Gunsmith to address the subject of wildcatting in depth. Over forty years later, Fred Zeglin, Master Rifle Builder and wildcatter has assembled in an easy to read, often humorous manual for anyone who loves guns, reloading, or wildcat cartridges.

History of wildcat cartridges is presented including many well known designers like P.O. Ackley, Jerry Gebby, and Charles Newton. The historical information provides an appropriate frame of reference for wildcatting. Nobody really wants to repeat something that has already been done. More recent wildcats are included along with reloading data and dimensions wherever possible.

Most valuable of all is the how-to information about making reamers and reloading dies. Fred supplies dimensions and instructions on how they are used to produce highly accurate reloading dies and chambers. Delivery times for such custom tools can delay a wildcat project by many months, knowing how to make your own dies can speed delivery of custom projects by many months.

Click here to go to Amazon.com and check it out.

Fred Zeglin wrote another book about, “P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith”. If your interested in wildcats then this book will definitely be a good read for you.

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National Shooting Sport Foundation (NSSF) Offers Tools or FFL Holders

The NSSF is constantly looking for ways to help the firearms trade to deal with the ever changing array of laws and regulations.  One of the tools they provide is an online resource center that helps the FFL holder and Firearms retailer to stay in compliance.

Regulatory compliance is becoming a bigger part of the daily operation of a firearms business.  The basic Tool Box on this useful website includes not only licensing and regulation assistance.  There are articles and videos all aimed at helping the professional maintain a business that is both profitable and in compliance with the myriad of laws and regulations that apply to your business.

NSSF puts on seminars for retailers around the country, the schedule and locations are listed on the site.  An Import/Export Conference is hosted by NSSF as well.  Anyone who has attended the SHOT Show will recognize the “SHOT Show University” a program of training courses designed to improve business skills for attendees of the show.

There is a huge amount of material at the web site that we have not even mentioned here.  If your in the business or are thinking about getting into the gun business this is an invaluable resource you should check out.

nssf.orghttp://nssf.org/compliance/

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