I started this gun a long time ago. Like 12 years ago. It was a very experimental gun, as I was trying different things to see how they would do. As such, if this were something I was starting new today (and I don't think I would), I would do some things different (particularly, I would use a much taller lockplate!). Originally, I had stripes painted on the stock with India ink, and a red varnish on top, but I was having difficulty with the varnish, and I stripped it all off, and then it sat. For over a decade. So, I figured I should probably finish the thing up, and recently I got at it. I did what I could with it, considering that it mostly couldn't be changed any, and decided to make it look like an old gun... which it already was! This is the first gun I have made (or at least completed! ) in about 5 or 6 years.