Kibler's Southern Mountain Rifle Finished Kit Gun Gallery
Fancy Maple by Brad Hatch
"I admit, I was a bit nervous at first, having never built a rifle, but this kit was a breeze. I was surprised at how well it came out and I learned quite a bit along the way.
The instructions were easy to follow and the customer service was excellent! I also made the pouch, horn, and patch knife in the photos to go with this rifle...
I aged the metal parts using a process that involves acid and peroxide and I finished the wood with aqua fortis and linseed oil. Then, I sealed everything with paste wax."
Custom side plate modification by customer. Extra Fancy Maple "Aqua Fortis stain, linseed oil, and cold brown. I did a few modifications including pewter nose cap, entry pipe, side plate, and patch box. It was easy, this is a great kit. The CNC inletting is very nice. I’ve built a few rifles from blanks but this sure saved on the time. The lock, barrel, and castings are perfect as well. "
Extra Fancy Maple finished by a student at the gunsmithing seminar at Western Kentucky University "Thank you so much for your wonderful class. I had a great time. I learned so much and the week went by so quickly. I wanted to share a few pictures of my rifle after finishing the lock and aging it and adding 3 more coats of sealer...My 40 cal worked perfectly..."
Extra Fancy Maple finished by a student in Jim's Kit Assembly class at the gunsmithing seminar at Western Kentucky Universtiy. To sign up go to http://nmlra.org/programs-2/gunsmithing-seminar/
Fancy Maple Kit made by student at the WKU Gunsmithing Seminar
"This is a .36 that was a "second" because of the heartwood in the buttstock. Aqua fortis and Chambers stock oil for a stock finish. The picture is from opening day in PA. I am a builder so I was a little hesitant to buy a kit, my pride says "I only shoot what I build". The discounted price, immediate shipment and the upgraded wood kicked me over the edge. I was wrong to feel that prideful way, love this rifle. The finish took longer than the build. "