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New detailed book on the Winchester Model 69
September 6, 2020
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Jeff, I have ordered…please autograph one for my son, Joel, too!!!

 

Many thanks!

 

James

September 6, 2020
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Hi James,

Thanks for your order, Will do!

They will go out on Tuesday due to the holiday.  Hope you enjoy it.

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September 7, 2020
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Jeff-

I’ve waded through the thoughtful preliminary pages and the first chapter. I can already tell your book will go into much more detail than the average “gun book” but details are everything in a “reference book”. You set your standards very high and it shows. 

One question; how does it feel to have YOUR book finally in the hands of your fellow collectors? 

 

Mike

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TXGunNut said
Jeff-

One question; how does it feel to have YOUR book finally in the hands of your fellow collectors? 

Mike  

Awesomely scary…..worried I forgot something or made a mistake(s).

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Jeff-

One question; how does it feel to have YOUR book finally in the hands of your fellow collectors? 

Mike  

Awesomely scary…..worried I forgot something or made a mistake(s).  

Jeff-

A book of this scope with so many thousands of details would be nearly impossible to publish without errors or omissions. First impression; if anyone could pull it off my money’s on you. OTOH look how much we’ve all learned from Madis’ books, the list of errors could fill their own book. Schwing, Campbell and even Houze all made mistakes in their work but the value of their excellent reference books is not diminished by them. I admire your dedication to perfection as it made this book a valuable part of my modest reference library. 

I really enjoyed the price list from 1935 on page 18. The 69 was an outstanding value then, still is 85 years later. I think that one page helps explain why I’m attracted to the 69. 

Thanks again for sharing the fruits of your labor of love with us. 

 

Mike

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Mike,

Thanks for the kind words.  You hit the nail on the head about the value of the 69.  When it was introduced it was the LOWEST price repeating rifle offered by Winchester and when we look at the quality of the rifle today it is hard to believe that was Winchester’s “economy” repeater.

Just because there are errors in others work doesn’t let me off the hook, I am still striving for perfection in the next book and will fret about it just the same.  Can’t help it, part of my nature.

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Just getting a good start on the new book and was reading about quite a few things I’d never noticed before. Had to go safe-diving for some visual aids. Figured a 57, couple of 69A’s, 75 Sporter and 75 Target would help me understand. Didn’t find an early 69. Maybe someday.Wink

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ETA: 47 and 72 not invited to the party. Gotta keep it small, COVID and all. Pretty sure they’re pouting in the safe.

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Jeff, sorry for the delay in getting back to you on your recently published book, The Winchester Model 69, Evolution in Design.  It is quite obviously a masterpiece of love and devotion that will be sure to deliver a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment to its readers no matter their aim!  I have only begun to explore it to learn more about my two Model 69’s, neither one of which are any longer in original condition, but still fascinating pieces of Americana in so many mysterious ways.  And, I’ve already talked to my son about his copy, to include, the prospect of passing it on to his son along with a scoped Model 69…maybe snap a picture of him holding the rifle, or both, for the first time!  (Smile)  Who knows, in time, it might just give birth to another Winchester collector, or in the short term, make for a truly momentous occasion!  Thanks, Jeff, for the sacrifices you and yours have made to publish this superb book in an effort to share your “long, wandering, adventurous and eventful journey” with you fellow collectors, or those who just happen to spy it, pick it up, and crack it open!

 
I’m already looking forward to your next book!!!  (Just wondering, though…what’s taking you so long!!!) Laugh
 
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Hi James,

Glad you are enjoying the book!  I have been working diligently on the next in the series but it is a BIG task, may take more than a week Wink

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Hi James,

Glad you are enjoying the book!  I have been working diligently on the next in the series but it is a BIG task, may take more than a week Wink

Best Regards,

Jeff  

When are you coming by for pics of my M75 Sporter? I will have Tom Ren-Wax it for you while we are at Brunos. Big Larry

September 27, 2020
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Hi Larry,

I will be going up to Cody for some more research in November or December.  Been working out of town the last few months and trying to find a window to get up there.  

I will give you as much advance notice as possible so Tom can spiff them up.  Go easy on the RenWax or I will get a glare in the photos.

In the meantime, does your sporter have grooves or stippling on the front ramp and if it has grooves how many does it have (14 or 18)?

Best Regards,

Jeff

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Finished the book recently, can’t imagine a better book about the 69. I carefully placed all my “visual aids” in the safe except for my 69A with receiver sights and a 75 Sporter; they went to the range today. Wind was a bit of a challenge but the old 69A had little problem keeping all the hits within 1.25” at 50 yds with Norma Tac ammo and a loose nut behind the butt. I’m not a precision rifle shooter but this is not a precision rifle. I had fun, I got some good practice, a beautiful old Winchester did what it was built to do. What more could we ask?

Funny thing happened during a ceasefire. I made a comment on the wind, another member said a guy was wanting to shoot his 5.56 at 200 yds. He said he’d be lucky to get it on paper. This “guy” is Michael Plaxco. I told this member this “guy” was an old-school comp shooter and would probably get it “on paper”. Didn’t mention he holds a few national and world titles and was a long time member of S&W’s shooting team. Wink I’ll bet he doesn’t know a good .22 with good ammo will do just fine at 100, even 200 yds. 

 

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