by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Today’s report is another guest blog from reader Ian McKee who writes as 45 Bravo. And,with an ironic twist, he tells us how to write a guest blog.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me at [email protected].

Ian McKee
Writing as 45Bravo

Writing a guest blog: Part 1

This report covers:

We are a very diverse group
Write about what you know
|Keep it simple, but explain everything
Write it all down
Take a break
Read it again, and again
Tom can help
A photo is worth a thousand words
Remember, Tom is colorblind

We are a very diverse group

Are you qualified to write a guest blog? Of course you are! Over the years I have read many thousands of comments, by hundreds of very smart readers. We have had people on here that are master gunsmiths, master wood workers, instructors teaching our youth to enjoy the shooting sports, doctors (both the medical kind, and the academic kind), readers that have expertise in photography and mechanical engineering. We have retirees, and we have people that dig ditches for a living, the list can go on, and on.  


No matter what your station in life, remember this, YOU know something about a subject that NO ONE else knows, and it is your duty to share that knowledge with someone. If it is on a blog like this, thanks to the internet, that knowledge will be around forever. (Once something is posted to the Internet, it can never be totally deleted, as someone somewhere either saved it to their personal computer, or printed a hard copy of it.)

We each have our area of expertise, or someone in your family may have invented something, or collected something, or was the manager of a project that at the time, may have seemed to be a small thing, but 80 years later, you, and your relative’s invention or collection will be in the right place, at the right time to make a impact on a lot of people. 

We have seen this recently in the Sharpshooter pistol series, B.B. bought one many years ago, but it wasn’t functional, so it sat in a box not seeing the light of day for decades.  

Through this blog, George, the grand nephew of John Beckwith who had collected several of a particular necessary part that is critical for the pistol to work, supplied the critical part that allowed Tom to write about the history, and capabilities of a gun that has been around for almost 100 years, but has been out of production for 40 years.

But there was not much information about it on the Internet until now. 

Thank you George, and Tom. 

Write ’bout what you know

“But it’s just my hobby!” you say. You know more about your “hobby” than most other people will ever know. 

There is a guy I know, he is a 28-year-old auto mechanic, but his “hobby” is high-speed photography, he has a $42,000 video camera (not including the lenses) that he uses to enjoy his hobby.  He doesn’t make money with the camera; he just enjoys seeing the world around us at 20,000 frames per second.

You may have the talents to make beautiful wood grips, stocks, or presentation cases. 

There are some of us who can’t draw a straight line with 2 rulers, much less cut a straight line or a square corner, even with some very expensive tools, but we enjoy watching, and learning from those of you who can do it.  And just maybe, we may someday attempt to tackle a project because of your written article. 

Keep it simple, but detailed

As you explain the process of your article, you may think to yourself “this is common sense, anyone can see where I am going with this.” And yet, I know jet pilots that won’t pour water out of a boot unless the directions are written on the bottom of the boot. 

Build a Custom Airgun

Write it all down

Make an outline of the steps you want to cover, then using a computer, write everything you can think of about your subject in the order necessary to complete it. Then take a break, get some coffee, soda, or what ever you prefer. Then come back, re-read your blog, make changes, correct spelling errors, arrange things that may have slipped into the wrong places as you were writing.  

Read it again, and again

Take another break, do something to get your mind off of the subject, and maybe even sleep on it, and read it again the next day in a different frame of mind. 

You will find things you may want to say differently, or missed writing all together yesterday. 

Tom can help

Once you are happy with your blog, and it seems to convey your message, submit it to Tom, he can point you in the right direction if something needs to be re-written to help make sense of a complex subject. 

A picture is worth a thousand words

I can explain how to change the o-ring in a Crosman MKI piercing cap, in 4 paragraphs, but 2 detailed photos can show you many things, so I can get the same point across in 4 sentences.

If your blog includes photos, B.B. has written a blog in the past, where he touched on photography tips, and he will be writing more updated ones in the near future. 

Remember B.B. is colorblind

Just like some people can hear higher and lower sounds that others can’t, there are some colors that some people just can’t see. 

Note from B.B. — I was going to insert two colorblindness test charts here — one that had a number that can be seen inside and another with nothing inside, to illustrate what it looks like when you are colorblind — until it dawned on me that both charts might actually have a number inside! Ha, ha!

Tom is a rock star in making fine details come out in photos, of minuscule text, or next to nonexistent text, or even show how small parts are arranged deep inside the air gun while they are hidden under 4 other parts that are welded in place.

But if you are trying to show off your beautiful laminated multicolored stock that you hand laminated, and carved to fit the rifle, work with him to keep the colors accurate. 

In one photo, the reds and greens may be spot on, while in another photo, the same stock may seem to be brown and yellow. The contrast and wood grain details will be perfect, in both photos, but if you are red/green colorblind, you just don’t see those colors. 


Everyone of us is an expert in something that they are interested in.

Each of us knows something that someone else doesn’t know, so please, share it. 

We all want to learn new things, or just see what neat things our other blog readers are capable of creating. 

You can do it, teach us what you know. 



Note from BB — Following Ian’s blog on making a custom gun box I went on eBay and bought a beautiful small wooden box with inlaid mother of pearl. It was very affordable.  It will be a pellet box inside a larger silverware box I customize for an air pistol. Thanks, Ian!