THE LTW #1-Story in Pictures.


July 19, 2004, 11:16 PM
Text and photos by Steve Bailey of Yost-Bonitz Custom.

"In the day to day treading in the sea of work, kids, your profession, and all the obligations that seem so important it is easy to forget how fortunate you are just having the things you do. We get caught up in what we see as most important....US.

Well, others aren't so fortunate. The firearms industry is filled with great people. Just look at the advent of the internet and the forums. Most of the people you message back and forth would actually help you, sight unseen.

That is what has happened recently in the custom gunsmithing arena. Eight of the country's best craftmen have gotten together and decided that as good as the industry has been to them, they would like to pay some people back. The kids. I remember my first .22. It was a Winchester bolt action job that I just about shot until it wouldn't shoot no more. Most of us remember those times.

Alot of kids these days don't have those opportunities. was started by these eight craftsman who have decided to build a few guns a year for charity. Kids will actually benefit from donated tiime, labor, parts, guns, and compassion.

Louder Than Words is.
Ted Yost
Chuck Rogers
Tim Brian
Ned Christiensen
Don Williams
John Harrison
Stan Chen
Lou Alessi

The first gun built by three of these individuals is pictured below. The leather was done by what some have called the "Prince of the industry" That about sums it up. Congratulations and Thank You to Chuck Rogers, C.T. Brian, and Stan Chen for their unbelievable work on this gun. And an obvious thank you to Lou Alessi for going above and beyond to create the leather items that accompany this fine pistol.
As they have all agreed, actions speak louder than words. Hope you enjoy the pictures."

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July 19, 2004, 11:22 PM

July 19, 2004, 11:28 PM

LTW#1 will be raffled off with all proceeds going to Ted Nugent's "Camp for Kids", a non-profit charity benefitting children.
Full raffle details can be found in a future issue of 'American Handgunner' magazine or at our site:

July 19, 2004, 11:38 PM
Chuck ... outstanding ... awesome, staggering .... lack of superlatives to cover it properly.

Excellent and what a great notion. There's love gone into that project as well as devotion.

July 19, 2004, 11:49 PM
I salute you fellers for a wonderful idea and a fantastic gun and accoutrements..

Well done!!

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
July 20, 2004, 01:23 AM
Truly Specatacular. More words fail me.


July 20, 2004, 01:25 AM
For a bunch of knuckle dragging blood thirsty neanderthals, we sure are nice people eh?

July 20, 2004, 04:39 AM
Oh, my!
That is beautiful.

July 20, 2004, 11:37 AM
For those of you that haven't visited, I can tell you that it is a very special place. The "Board" has created a very warm home that is awe-inspiring. I am fortunate enough to assist in moderating a Forum that goes above and beyond any other that I have visited.

The level of care, commitment, and craftsmanship is spectacular. Please stop by--be a part of something truly great.

Be well!

Dave Sample
July 20, 2004, 06:03 PM
"To whom much is given, much is asked." I am very proud of all of you who are invloved in this project. And to Chuck..................................................."Nice Grips!"

August 26, 2004, 06:56 PM
That is one beautiful gun, indeed.

George Hill
August 26, 2004, 07:33 PM

Standing Wolf
August 26, 2004, 08:32 PM
Mighty pretty!

August 27, 2004, 03:07 PM

BEAUTIMOUS!!!! I've always had a soft spot for ivory and blued guns...

August 27, 2004, 04:40 PM
Now *that's* a BBQ gun!!

Simply beautiful; thanks for sharing.


Bill Z
August 28, 2004, 08:00 AM
That is truley a work of art with a heart!

Lt. G
August 28, 2004, 11:43 AM
Those pictures are beautiful. I'll bet it handles like a dream.

August 28, 2004, 07:51 PM
I saw LTW#2 when the top end was being built and after Ned Christiansen had finished the frame work. It is one heck of a pistol.

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