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D.C. Whitman Custom Gunsmithing • Fair Chase Books

Del Whitman Opens with a “Full House” of Experience

     It is dream for many, and a dream come true for Gunsmith Del Whitman. This Fall he opened his own gunsmith business!

Del, gunsmith

After serving his “apprenticeship” in gunsmithing for almost 10 years, he felt the time was right… now! And it appears that he was right, for in just the few short months that he has been open, the guns are steadily coming in!

     Del spent three years at the Pine Technical College in their gunsmithing program - he then worked at Rigby for five years, honing his skills. He spent the next two years establishing the gunsmith shop at Fieldsport in Travers City, MI, before going on his own.
      D. C. Whitman Custom Gunsmithing does custom repair and restoration, hot oil stock bending, stock alterations, stock refinishing, custom stock making, leather covered and rubber recoil pads.
     Del has separate rooms for bluing and machining - everything from trigger pull jobs to action work to re-laying ribs and barrel work… he even has done specialized work for physically impaired shooters. Guns in for work can be test-fired and impact-tested on-site before returning to their owner.

     Those who have gotten to know Del over the years, know heis not only experienced and capable, but also efficient at expediting the work…a comparative rarity in the trade. You can send your guns to him confident that you will get them back, better than ever, in the time promised!

      For more information, call 231-632-0845 or 231-275-0140 or dwhitman@centurytel.net. D. C. Whitman Custom Gunsmithing, 8455 Maple City Hwy., Lake Ann, MI 49650.

Del at bench

Fair Chase Books Captures the Best in Unique Sporting Books

Book cover

Gunning The Eastern Upland by John Taylor…the author takes a fresh look at gunning grouse, pheasant, doves, woodcock and turkeys East of the Mississippi River… Handsome and full of interesting hunting information and stories…570 Pages $65.00.

     Fair Chase is the consummate purveyor of Fine Books on any and all aspects of the Sporting World. Founded 23 years ago by Carol Lueder, (herself a recovering book collector), Fair Chase announces on the cover of each pastel-colored catalog… Fine Big Game and Wing Shooting Books – New and Out-of- Print – Collectors and DeLuxe Editions.
     These “headlines” do cover almost all the bases, but what cannot be revealed is the charming, witty and, yes, sometimes irreverent way, these books are described inside.
     “Nice, fold-out map (repaired). Riding the cowcatcher on the Uganda railroad then on safari with 200 men. Yikes!” “Well written in the grand manner.”

“Repaired front hinge, else very good and tight.” “Spies and more!” “You’ll be fascinated!” “Chock full of stuff that really happened to the author!” You get the idea.
     Carol Lueder in person is as direct, irreverent and knowledgeable as her catalog copy. The next time you go to a Side by Side Event, look for her Fair Chase booth. You will be fascinated, surprised and entertained … and that includes the books… you will also, somehow, buy one … or two… or more!
     If you are not on her catalog list, call 540-463-9189 or 540-460-5302 (cell) or e-mail fchase@localnet.com. Fair Chase, Inc., 925 Valley Pike, Lexington, VA 24450-3352



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