I'm planning on being at Hickory this year. It's still a ways off so I'm able to be optimistic at this point
I'm still plugging away at the backlog. To be honest it's like rolling a boulder uphill. A lot of what was sent in and has been here the longest was stuff sent in that was in disrepair or needed major work like rebluing or rifles sent with custom stocks that were bought that wouldn't bolt to the action. All of it shouldn't have been taken in but I'm late at saying no. By the time I'm finally through all of it I'll most likely pull the plug on doing any more. I try and alternate stuff that is just being tuned with some of the more complicated stuff but even most of the tune work is time consuming. I sure wish I could get away with kit installs
It's not uncommon for people to say, "It must be nice doing something you love" when they call. Well, piles of broken and miss-treated rifles that people want "restored" for less than minimum wage isn't where I find my happy place
It's my own fault for where I'm at and don't blame the people that sent them in. It's not that at all. It was me not being able to say no even when it was piling up. I'm just glad I'm able to shut down and do it.
Back in Nov. I started on a batch of shrouds and muzzle brakes. Sent them off in Jan. but the people doing the anodizing ruined them. I still have all eighty four pieces still in the boxes they sent them back in, unsellable. I'm about to start on another batch before the month is out.
Jim is recovering from a triple bypass. I talk to him every now and then. He has family helping him ship some orders but they can't run any equipment and produce kits or new inventory so he's limited in what he can get out to what he has on hand. It's been long enough that I think he's going to be OK though. Still praying for him daily.
I've been hit or miss on returning calls. Sorry for that
I can talk or work and when I return everyone's calls I spend about four or five hours a day talking and the remaining time left isn't enough to get anything done. I tried having a friend call people back for me about a month ago and it went over like a lead brick. My friend says he won't do it again
Thanks for asking and the concern. I'm doing fine health wise and plugging away at it. Hope everyone else is doing well.