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A technically accurate educational coloring book about historical firearms
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What I'm Creating

A technically accurate coloring book of significant historical firearms, complete with detailed information on each one. 

In essence, a fun and relaxing activity based around a field that I'm deeply passionate about. In addition to providing a fun activity, I aim to deliver educational content based around each firearm featured; technical means of operation, the background of their creators, major political uses, and influences on manufacturing today. 

The goal is to make a book that's suitable for adults to children alike, allows a relaxing connection with a favored hobby (whether gun enthusiast, gamer, or history lover), and shares some of the information that I love to share. 

An early draft of the content I want to produce.
An early draft of the content I want to produce.

Who I Am 

My name is Dakota Potts. I'm a certified gunsmith, a writer, and a geek for technical and historical subjects. I love to build my own firearms and restore classical firearms. I also love to write about firearms, and I do so at my website pottsprecision.com as well as professionally for a number of firearms and outdoors-based websites. 

That's me, learning to hot blue a custom rifle action that I barreled myself.
That's me, learning to hot blue a custom rifle action that I barreled myself.

Why I Chose This Subject 

As I said before, I specialize in the firearms industry with experience studying classical skills as well as working for modern firearms manufacturers. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a gun geek, and I wanted to share that with others in a form that is light-hearted and fun. 

In particular, I love the history of firearms around the early 20th Century. So much was going on in the world, and firearms tell a large part of the story. Industrial processes were rapidly moving, the world was becoming more inter-connected, and many societies were undergoing drastic political and social changes. 

In this time period, gun technology was still new, and there were no "rules" of standard design. Looking at the work of creators from this time, we see very intelligent and innovative creators solving mechanical and technical problems that few had ever asked before. Seeing problems that were approached in so many ways is enlightening. All of the inventors of the time were true craftsman, and dissecting their works is fascinating in the same way as seeing a fine watch operate. 

In addition to mechanical questions, the production of certain firearms depended on so many outside factors which tell complex human stories. Sometimes the "best" model was not produced, or one was designed to fit a need, because of what was going on in the world. These are stories of political pressure, personal business risks, economic struggles, individual egoism, and all the other great makings of a story. I see the history of these firearms as human story told through one of our most primal tools - personal weaponry. 

 Why Kickstarter 

Quotes from the designer and the print house have led me to an approximate price of $750 to design the book and get the first 100 copies printed. I'm turning to Kickstarter as a pre-order platform for 3 basic reasons: 

  •  Funding - Of course, to raise the funds necessary to get the project running 
  •  Validating the Product - I am very passionate about the subject matter and I believe there are many others who are as well. I hope to validate that there is a market space for this book by finding buyers before committing to production. 
  •  Feedback and Input - By communicating directly with backers, I know that I can get valuable feedback from people who share the same interests and values as myself and my intended market. I hope to use backer feedback to shape what type of content is included, get feedback on drafts, and provide the information they are most interested in. 

Risks and challenges

I know the subject material well and I am collaborating with an experienced designer who also has a passion for historical accuracy. I am an experienced writer used to meeting deadlines. In this respect, risks are minimal.

The most risks incurred are in the manufacturing and shipping process. I plan to minimize these risks by aggressively meeting deadlines and collaborating early with the manufacturer to get a proof model as soon as possible. Shipping risks have been minimized by including only US backers for physical rewards and corroborating shipping fees with standard flat rate shipping options.

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    Derringer

    A donation at any level helps and is appreciated. You will receive a .PDF of the finished project, printable on standard 8.5X11" paper.

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    Revolver

    At $5, you will receive your advance printable copy of the PDF as well as your name listed in the attributions section of the book.

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    Rifle

    This level gets you the finished book, as well as an advance PDF Copy and your name printed in the Attributions page.

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    Double Rifle

    Get 2 copies of the book and save a couple of dollars. Also helps to save on shipping. Great way to share with a friend or relative! Also receive the Printable PDF and your name listed in the Attributions section of the book.

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    Dreiling 3-Barrel Rifle

    Pre-order 3 Coloring Books and get the best deal. Share with your friends and family or stock up for gift season! You will also receive an advance printable .PDF of the finished book and your name listed in the attributions section of the book.

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    Machine Gun

    In recognition of your support, you will get a hand in deciding what goes into the book. Choose your favorite firearm and we'll include it as one of the coloring pages, complete with technical data and historical background. You'll receive recognition on the page of the firearm you choose, and you'll also receive a special place of recognition on the Attribution page of the book.

    You'll also receive 3 copies of the coloring book and the advance printable .PDF file when the book is finished.

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    • Choose a Firearm to be Represented
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    Armory

    The Armory is where the magic happens.

    This level is intended for sponsorships by corporations or other specialists. Choose a firearm to be represented, along with a full sponsorship page detailing what you do and why. If you make or service a firearm, this is a great opportunity to share the model you're passionate about and share your services.

    You will receive 20 copies of the finished product for your team, favorite clients, or whoever else you want to give them to.

    Sponsors will also receive separate recognition in the Attributions page of the book.

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