New Book Highlights Legendary Gunsmith P.O. Ackley

We are very proud to announce this new book about a great gunsmith by our own G&G contributor and AGI Instructor, Fred Zeglin. Make sure to order yours today! Fred has written a number of excellent and educational articles here on Guns and Gunsmiths–look under the “authors” tab above to see them all.

Kalispell, Montana (February 22, 2017) – A new book from Gun Digest Media, P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith by noted author and gunsmith Fred Zeglin, takes the most comprehensive look ever into the life and work of P.O. Ackley, the eminent gunsmith, barrel maker, teacher and cartridge developer. The book is set for release the week of March 6, 2017, and will be available at the Author’s web site: .

In P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith, Zeglin’s extensive research highlights not just the history of cartridge and rifle development, but a never-before-seen look at a humble man who influenced nearly everything we know about shooting and ballistics today. Ackley’s ideas on reloading, rifle accuracy, safety, cartridge choice, and wildcats are just as relevant for modern “gun cranks” as they were in Ackley’s heyday.

This hardcover, 256-page study of P.O. Ackley’s work is the first in Gun Digest Media’s Heritage Series celebrating the iconic guns, designers and manufacturers who shaped today’s firearms landscape. The book is illustrated with never-before-seen photos from personal archives of Ackley’s friends, family, and associates — a veritable who’s who of giants from the firearms industry who went on to shape the shooting sports as we know it. From the dusty, oil rag-covered machine shops of Ackley’s early years, to stunning modern-day firearms chambered in Ackley’s timeless wildcats, the full-color center section brings to life this colorful character and his accomplishments in gunsmithing and cartridge development.

P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith is also available at or by calling (855) 840-5120 (product number R3744).

P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith by Fred Zeglin, Gun Digest Media

ISBN-13: 978-1-4402-4759-0 Price: $59.99 Hardcover: 8.25 x 10.875 256 Pages

About Gun Digest Media

Gun Digest has been the firearm industry’s premier publishing brand since 1944. In addition to the Gun Digest Annual, the imprint is home to the Standard Catalog of Firearms pricing guide and more than 150 active titles on handguns, rifles, shotguns, shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, self-defense, and firearms history. Additional Gun Digest Media properties include Gun Digest the Magazine and Modern Shooter TV.

About the Author

Fred Zeglin has been building custom hunting rifles for over thirty years. Zeglin has taught classes for the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing program at three separate colleges and is the Coordinator/Instructor for the Firearms Technology Program at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). He has published two books, Hawk Cartridges Manual and Wildcat Cartridges, Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design and contributed to numerous publications. Fred has worked with American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) to produce two instructional DVDs, Taming Wildcats and Reloading A to Z.

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