JACK BROOKS

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1948, I saw my first Kentucky rifle in the hands of Davy Crockett (courtesy Fess Parker and Walt Disney) in the early 1950’s. When John Wayne’s movie “The “Alamo” released in 1960, I knew I had to have a rifle like Davy Crockett’s, though only twelve years old at the time. While in college in 1971, I built my first flintlock long rifle and commenced shooting and hunting with it.  A few rifles later, people began approaching me to build long rifles for them.  By 1976 I gave up my job as a chemist for the Environmental Protection Agency, and was making and restoring flintlock rifles full time.  Approaching historical gun making as an art, I became an expert in decorative carving and engraving.  Now, thirty years later, my work is showcased in museums, featured in magazines, and proudly displayed in private collections.  I also teach, write, and consult on the subject of the American long rifle.  A few years ago I was asked to create rifles for the recent movie “The Alamo”.  One might say that the story has come full circle, but I have no intention of slowing down or retiring.  I live in Englewood, Colorado, love my work with a passion, and have a variety of rifle projects in mind.       

PHILOSOPHY

I feel blessed to be able to follow a profession that I love. For me, making and restoring American long rifles combines my love of art and history. I enjoy working with my hands and producing pieces of art that are long lasting and bring pleasure and satisfaction to my customers. Working in the style of the 18th century gives me a better understanding of antique rifles and the men that made them. The making of a fine long rifle requires mastery of several skills. The pursuit of these skills is both challenging and rewarding. Ecclesiastes 5:18.