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!
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.
Next step was to trace the outline of both guns and cut it out – carefully.
If nothing else, this case looks good to me, and will be one day used to “present” these revolvers to my grandson, Andy Holmes!