by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor
As you know G&G Contributor and friend Robert Dunn had a fire at his property a couple of weeks ago that destroyed his firearms, gunsmithing tools, reloading equipment, ammo, and much more. An event that would test the mettle of any of us. The GoFundMe account set up to help Robert has been very successful and I would like to thank all of you who made such generous contributions. The campaign is still active, so CLICK HERE if you would still like to help a fellow gun enthusiast get back on his feet after such a devastating loss.
Robert has written this sincere letter of appreciation. I know it comes from his heart.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to leave such wonderful and encouraging comments. I am absolutely blown away by the amount of money that was raised to help me get back to some state of normalcy. The kindness and generosity that has been shown to me will be paid forward and I will never forget this experience.
I have found and pulled most of my scorched firearms out of the rubble and that was sure depressing. I will be following up with some photos that I have taken and I will share some of the gunsmithing projects and information that I learn along my path of restoration and recovery. I am not optimistic that anything is shootable again, but I know that my first project is going to be carving a new stock for an old arquebus that my Dad once restored many years ago. I have already been able to purchase some basic gunsmithing tools thanks to all of your donations.
My Mom and brother, who live in Georgia, have offered to pay my way back to the East Coast so that I can visit my Mom. She will be celebrating her 94thbirthday! My brother has also offered to give me a bunch of my Dad’s hand tools that he still has from his old workshop!
Yes, this has been a devastating experience, but there are a lot of positive things that have come out of it as well. I wish I had better words than just a thank you, but my thanks come from my heart!