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Munro Williams
July 11, 2000, 07:35 PM
Anyone know anything about Kit Ravenshear? Has he retired? Is any of his work on the Web?

Thanks, folks.

JimWolford
July 11, 2000, 07:50 PM
Munro

Last I heard, he had died.

A gun parts catalog from "The Rifle Shoppe" shows a picture of him holding an antique French wall gun.

Picture is captioned "the late Kit Ravenshear--"

Jim

Munro Williams
July 11, 2000, 09:18 PM
Thanks, Jim.

Sorry to hear it.

4V50 Gary
July 11, 2000, 11:10 PM
Ravenshear was born in Surrey, England in 1930. He began working on guns and restored his first firearm, a boxlock pistol, at age 13. The interest followed him through life.

As an adult, Ravenshear was a 2nd Lt (left-ten-nant in the Army) with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He later served as the Weapons Training Officer in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlander Regiment. After discharge, he served as a police office in Suffolk and returned to Scotland to work as a salesman.

Throughout this period, he also served as a part time gunsmith until 1962, when he acquired Normans of Framlingham, an old gun business. By 1963, he was admitted into the ranks of Master Gunmaker. Immigrating to Canada in 1971, he settled in Pennsylvannia in 1973.

Ravenshear authored several "how-to" booklets for aspiring blackpowder gunsmiths. They are available from Dixie Gun Works and other black powder suttlers.