Nick Chandler to speak on Hardwick-manufactured guns November 5
Historian, author, collector
BROOKFIELD - The Quaboag Historical Society will present Nick Chandler, speaking on the subject of early percussion firearms on Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall of the Brookfield Congregational Church, 8 Central Street. The public in invited; there is no charge. Chandler, a graduate of Norwich University, is a twenty year veteran of the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his retirement, he worked in the area of computer training and simulation for several major companies.
In 2010, he published Early New England Underhammer Firearms, the culmination, he says, of fifty years of research and collecting.
Born in Phillipston, he began collecting historic firearms at age ten. "I bought my first underhammer pistol at age 14, and never looked back," he recollects. He has written extensively on early percussion firearms and has been published in Man at Arms; The Gun Report; and the Canadian Journal of Arms Collectors.
His PowerPoint presentation in November will focus on gun makers of the 1820s and '30s in the areas around Hardwick, Sturbridge and Southbridge.
His presentation, he says, will take into consideration the flavor of local history; the Adin Ruggles connection in New Braintree and Hardwick; also, genealogy, women's rights, "and, of course, guns". He will bring guns and other artifacts for examination and questions.
Nick and his wife Betsey live in Tewksbury, where he continues to pursues his historic writing and research.