PREESENT ARMS!

When I recently bought my Ruger Blackhawk, “50 Years of the .44 Magnum” anniversary edition revolver, I began thinking a fancy wooden “presentation” case would be just what this revolver needs, rather than the red plastic case it came in. Unfortunately, the only wooden “box” in my collection of “things to never throw away, in case they might be of use someday”, was a 4 foot long mahogany wood box I salvaged at my former workplace that originally held some obscure analytical instrument. Too big for a single gun, and with multiple guns it would be too heavy to easily move, but I did not let the idea die.

A few days ago, while looking for something I dropped by my bedside, I bellied down on the floor with a flashlight and looked under the bed – sometimes a scary thing to do! There, consorting with the dust bunnies, was my old, long “lost” teak briefcase, used quite a bit back in my days as “Capt. Mike”, but ignored since I became more or less permanently stranded ashore. After pulling it out to look it over, the first thing I discovered was that both combination lock/latches were locked – and of course I have no idea now what the combination was! This may have been a GOOD thing, however, as the tiny screws holding the mechanisms to the case were ridiculously easy to remove.

Looking the inside of the case over, it came to me that this would be a good storage/display case for a couple of nice, old Herter’s revolvers – which I just happen to have!

This long un-used teak brief case from my "Capt. Mike" days was called upon to begin a new life as a revolver presentation and display case.

This long un-used teak brief case from my “Capt. Mike” days was called upon to begin a new life as a revolver presentation and display case.

After cutting a "top" piece to fit the revolvers in, it is determined there is sufficient room for my two large Herter's revolvers.

After cutting a “top” piece to fit the revolvers in, it is determined there is sufficient room for my two large Herter’s revolvers.

First step was to pick a top piece for the guns to “nest” in, and cut the shapes traced from the actual revolvers out. For this piece, I also “re-purposed” a section of varnished paneling from a poster board I used at fishing shows in a another life, cutting it to fit the inside measurements of the briefcase. Since the case has a “felt” lining still in decent shape, that was left as is, but I did use some pieces of thin boards to raise the top piece off the bottom of the case and brace the top piece.

Because the top layer of varnished wood is thin, it was necessary to provide bracing beneath it for added strength.

Because the top layer of varnished wood is thin, it was necessary to provide bracing beneath it for added strength.

Next step was to trace the outline of both guns and cut it out – carefully.

To prevent marking the revolvers finish, the cut-outs edges were "lined" with shoelaces superglued to the wood.

To prevent marking the revolvers finish, the cut-outs edges were “lined” with shoelaces superglued to the wood.

To keep the edges of the cut-outs from possibly marking the guns finish, I wanted some sort of “bumper” material, and my wife thoughtfully suggested some thick old shoelaces. These proved to be just right, and were fairly easy to Superglue to the wood edges. I also glued a piece of decorative gold “rope” from somewhere or something as a border around the inside of the case. A new coat of varnish made the top piece look new and custom fitted.

The inside of my case is now complete, with nesting spots for both Herter’s revolvers – befitting the classics that they are – and also for the extra .357 mag cylinder I plan to have re-bored to 10 mm fairly soon. Now I just need to sand and revarnish the outside of the case!

Oh, by the way, after removing the old latches/locks I replaced them with simple hasps and padlocks. Not a gun safe, but beter than leaving them on the kitchen table!

[caption id="attachment_3376" align="alignleft" width="640"]The nearly completed case has "nested" resting places for both my Herter's revolvers and my "spare" cylinder. The nearly completed case has “nested” resting places for both my Herter’s revolvers and my “spare” cylinder.

If nothing else, this case looks good to me, and will be one day used to “present” these revolvers to my grandson, Andy Holmes!

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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