I have over 35 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 15 years I have specialized in custom hunting rifles, no longer doing repair because it took too much time away from custom work. I am in a new phase of my career, I currently teach Firearms Technology at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). This program is exciting to me because I helped to develop it. By the fall of 2018 the program will be a two year degree offered at FVCC.
I have written a book titled “Wildcat Cartridges, Reloaders Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design”. My second book is a print edition of the Hawk Cartridges reloading manual. My third book is about P.O. Ackley it contains pressure tested data for many of his more popular cartridges, Gun Digest published this book in 2017 as part of their Heritage Series.
At the end of 2017 I released a new project “Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series”. At present there are three titles in the siries, many more titles are in the works. These books will include either joint projects with other gunsmiths with unique specialties or may be written completely by other experts with me acting as the editor. This series has the potential to be the go to archives for gunsmithing knowledge.
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