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Old 07-06-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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Back In Black

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Configuration: Rear Handle
Overall Length: 53”
Spear: 53 ¾”
Wood: Laminated Padauk
Mech & Line Anchor: Neptonics Stealth
Handle: Neptonics
Enclosed Track: Graphite/Epoxy
Self-reset Line Release: Hidden under handle
Finish: Tinted West Systems Epoxy sanded for matte finish

A family friend asked if I would build a gun for her son. My immediate reply was “Yes, as long as there is no schedule” This was a surprise birthday gift, so I did not have the luxury of discussing the build with the final user. After much deliberation, I decided it would be best to go with the rear handle configuration that 90% of the commercial hunters use on the Florida coast – it’s hard to argue the success of this design. After exchanging a couple of drawings, and selecting Neptonics prototype handle design (this is S/N 3), construction began in February. I already had a couple of blanks made up, so machining the wood and custom parts for the line release went pretty quickly.

The matte black finish did not go so quickly

Carlo's 24th birthday came and went in April. He saw progress pics and design drawings and no-one has been upset that the project was not complete - as there was no schedule

Now all he has to do is get on a ticket from California to the Florida Keys to use it. Some Mom's have a sneakly way of getting their children to visit
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: Back In Black

Schwing!

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Old 07-06-2011, 03:46 PM   #3
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Very smooth. Great work ! Thx for sharing
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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deff looks stealthy, great build
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #5
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WOW that's clean. I want it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:33 PM   #6
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Re: Back In Black

That's a sick looking gun Gary.
I like the matte black finish.
Totally a stealth bomber.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:41 PM   #7
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I absolutely love the look of this gun.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:22 AM   #8
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That is a nice looking gun. beautiful finish.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:33 AM   #9
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Good job.looks like a fine gun.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:09 AM   #10
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Re: Back In Black

Gary;

Your dog does not seem to be particularly impressed with your new gun (check first picture)....
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:12 AM   #11
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Re: Back In Black

How did i miss this! This gun is great looking Gary. the finish is flawless

I like the butt pad how did you make and do you have other angles on it? am thinking of using your approach on my next build

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Old 02-01-2012, 11:29 AM   #12
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Re: Back In Black

Thank you!

The butt pad is from McMaster Carr (www.mcmaster.com), PN 9545K81. It is a dense rubber test tube stopper. You can either epoxy bond or countersink screws to mount it. I sanded it down with a bench-top sander. I got the idea from Tin Man

I can't offer any more picture angles because the gun is hundreds of miles away.

I've changed butt pad material (not on that gun) since then. I wish I could tell you what it is, but it comes in 1/2" (13mm) thick sheets. I get it from a shoe maker friend of mine. It might be worth a visit to your local shoe repair shop to see what materials they have in stock.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:41 PM   #13
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Once you go black you never go..........That thing is beautiful.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #14
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Beautiful Gun!!!!
The Neptonics handle looks great on it!
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