“Restore” is a 4-letter word. On vintage guns, it really means “refinished” — and, most of the time, these guns are not refinished in ways that reflect what they looked like when new.
When old gun cases are “restored”, they often suffer the same fate — unless Kade Gile works on them.
Kade doesn’t make old gun cases look new. Instead, he repairs or refits them while retaining their vintage charm. He brings them back to life but makes sure they look old again.
I wrote about how he does it in this article from the October-November issue of Covey Rise magazine.
BTW: Have a gun case you would like Kade to work on? Drop him an email: KadeGile@Hotmail.com
Here’s you chance to get a deal on a really nice case. This is a Marvin Huey Oak & Leather Motorcase. It’s on Ebay now, and the listing ends in about 35 hours.
I was told that it’s set up for 28″ bbls, and that it will work with a SxS or an OU.
Huey Guncases builds the nicest guncases in the US. To get a new one set up like this, they’ll charge you about $3000.
Motorcases were developed by the Brits in the ’20s. As car travel became more popular, people were looking for gun cases that fit in the small trunks of early automobiles.