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I talked to Mr. Makinson a long time ago at OGCA when the meeting were still in Columbus, OH. He seemed to be a fine & knowledgeable fellow.

A comment he made in one of the articles he wrote for the Doublegun Journal always stuck with me.

I'm paraphrasing here but his comment was that he frequently received cased guns with the case straps rolled up & stored in the case "presumably for a rainy day" and the case held closed only by the clasp & that when the case popped open & spilled the contents onto a hard surface it would be a "truly rainy day for the owner".

Subtle British humor.

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We are diminished.
Another trained Brummie gone.

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With Nick's passing I lost a friend of almost 40 years. Not only was Nick a first class gunmaker he was also an avid gardener and Mason. Over the years I visited Nick's shop and home many times. Some times the visit was to discuss a gun related project but almost always afterwards a discussion on the Birmingham Gun trade would follow. In summer time we would tour Nicks garden, his floral displays were exceptional.
Nick's skill and ability will be missed by the gun collecting and hunting fraternity, but he will also be missed because of his friendly and welcoming approach to customers.
R.I.P. Nick

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Between Nick Makinson and fellow Brummie Arthur Troth passing we have lost a pair of fine craftsmen. Gentleman of another era. [edited]

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I've known Nick dating back to the 80's and have visited his shop several times. And, of course, he did a number of double gun projects for me.
His work was first class and he and his wife always made my visits enjoyable.

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Montana: What a nice tribute. None of us could ask for more! Gil


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Originally Posted by Olgrouser
Between Nick Makinson and fellow Brummie Arthur Troth passing we have lost a pair of fine craftsmen. Gentleman not of another era.


Damn. I had not heard of Mr Troth’s passing. Another smith I had used and who did some fine work on one of my guns. Also, another gentleman. We are poorer for their passing.


The world cries out for such: he is needed & needed badly- the man who can carry a message to Garcia
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I'm very sorry to hear of Nick's passing. Nick performed some repair work on a couple of my guns six or seven years ago He was always super to deal with and did top notch work. I later picked up a custom bolt gun that he created. I called him to get some details on the gun, and following the call, he graciously sent me some pictures of my gun being exhibited at what looks like the Safari club show a decade or so earlier. He also included a trade label which was really a cool touch.

I didn't know Nick well, but all my interactions were really good ones. I will miss him.

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Sad to have another Smith pass. Rip. Comfort to his family.

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