I have about 25 years full time in the gunsmithing field. I attended Lassen College in Susanville CA back when Bob Dunlap was the head of the program. Over the years I have worked in a few shops around the West. First in Idaho in a shop where general repair and barrel jobs were the mainstay, then in Southern California for a Colt and Winchester specialty shop where we did restoration work. Then onto another So. Cal. shop where handguns were the bread and butter.
For the last 10 years I have specialized in custom hunting rifles, no longer doing repair because it took too much time away from custom work. I am now transitioning into a new phase of my career, I will limit work to Barrel and sight work as I am semi-retiring. For those of you who still have jobs with me I will get them finished up ahead of anything new. This change will allow me to do what I have always wanted to do, make the guns that interest me, then I will put them up for sale. By not taking orders for custom work I remove the impatient customer from my life.
I have written one book titled “Wildcat Cartridges, Reloaders Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design”. My second book is a print edition of the Hawk Cartridges reloading manual. and will be out in early 2011. My third book is well along in the writing process, it is about P.O. Ackley an will contain pressure tested data for many of his more popular cartridges. I have other books in the conceptual stages, all gun related. My writings have appeared in Guns & Ammo, Precision Shooting, Sportsmen’s News, the Varmint Hunter and more.
Fred Zeglin, Gunmaker