Another teaser post.
I got a call today from Rich Wyatt at Gunsmoke. The 03 Springfield project is now complete, which on one hand is plain gonna hurt, as I am "freshly unemployed" at the moment, and this turned out to be a full-house custom rifle (a six-year story for another time)...but that is the end of the bad news. I'm so excited about this piece I can hardly stand it, and if it's going to cost me, I intend to get full enjoyment and utility out of it. :-)
Now, here's the teaser part: Rich was calling in part to ask my permission to use the gun in an episode of Gunsmoke's YouTube series. It's got a couple of features on it that you just don't find on a lot of 03 Springfields--even "Springfield Scout" iterations like this one is--and he thought it might be worth recording.
So, it may yet be just a little bit more before I actually get the gun back. (Since it's been over six years since I commissioned the work, there's really no worries there.) And I suspect it may well be worth it anyway, to have the rifle featured by someone who really understands all the -fu I was after with this project. (He taught it to me, after all: it may have been Jeff Cooper who first taught me what I needed to know about Scout rifles over the course of a lot of years, but it was Rich--and fellow master instructor Tom Russell--who was there on the line for my four hundred rounds of in-person school once I got a Steyr Scout of my own.)
I'll be sure to post back here once the episode airs, and...yeah, I'll probably be squee-ing about the gun too, once it arrives.
Now, to acquire a supply of stripper clips, which thanks to the forward glass, this 03 can still make use of! :-)