Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

NRA Mourns the Loss of Legendary Craftsman Cecil Brooks

Monday, September 25, 2006

Fairfax, VA—It is with heavy heart that the National Rifle Association (NRA) says goodbye to a dearly beloved member of the NRA family. Cecil Brooks, the most recognized and revered of America’s legendary gun makers, known for his flawlessly exquisite flintlock and percussion rifles, died September 24, 2006 of heart failure at the age of 93.

“Freedom has lost a gifted friend,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice-President. “Cecil’s death is a great loss to the NRA family and to the firearms community. His artistry and skills were legendary and unsurpassed. We are deeply saddened by Cecil’s passing.”

Mr. Brooks, born and raised on the banks of the Ohio River in Belpre, Ohio, was best known for creating flintlock long-rifles of extraordinary quality and design. Since 1955, his rifles have been a traditional presentation to honored keynote speakers at the National Rifle Association’s annual meetings.

Cecil Brooks’ NRA rifles – highly prized among collectors and museums – were created in what has become the “Brooks style.” 

A tribute to Mr. Brooks, published in American Rifleman magazine in 2005, describes the common element captured by news photographs of yearly presentation ceremonies. “No matter what the station of the man or woman clutching the prized Brooks rifle – from Governors, to Senators, to generals, to national icons… the image on those photos is the same; of mere mortals touching perfection.”

In his early years, Mr. Brooks – self-taught in the gun maker’s craft – was a blacksmith, taxidermist and sign painter, getting 25 cents an hour for carving and painting signs on Ohio Riverboats. He began repairing firearms in the late 1920’s and built his first percussion long-rifle in the mid-1930’s. That rifle resides in the Ohio State Museum in Columbus.

Even into his nineties, Mr. Brooks possessed an exceptional talent in engraving, inletting, carving, barrel making and metal and wood finishing in the style of his 18th and 19th century predecessors. 

NRA Secretary Edward J. Land, long-time friend of Mr. Brooks, said,  “Cecil leaves a remarkable legacy.  No other gun maker of his time is as well-known or well-respected. His muzzle-loading firearms will remain prized and will be appreciated for many generations to come.”

A lifelong resident of Lowell, Ohio, Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife, Mary.

-NRA-

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group.  Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime.  The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Ohio Other
TRENDING NOW
H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation

The Nancy Pelosi Speaker Era 2.0 continued on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a markup of H.R 8, the “universal” background checks bill, in the House Judiciary Committee. Following on the heels of last week’s Judiciary Committee hearing, the same committee held a markup on ...

Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales

H.R. 8, which would criminalize the private transfer of firearms, has received significant attention from the gun rights community. However, H.R. 1112, which purportedly targets the inappropriately-named “Charleston loophole,” is just as insidious an attack ...

Washington: Magazine Ban & Firearm Seizure Bills Pass Committee

Friday, February 1, 2019

Washington: Magazine Ban & Firearm Seizure Bills Pass Committee

During the executive session on February 1st, the Washington state House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary voted to pass House Bill 1068 to ban many standard capacity ammunition magazines and House Bill 1225 for firearm ...

Washington: Senate Committee Hearing Rescheduled for Legislation to Expand Gun-Free Zones

Monday, February 11, 2019

Washington: Senate Committee Hearing Rescheduled for Legislation to Expand Gun-Free Zones

On February 14th, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be hearing Senate Bill 5434 that would expand arbitrary zones where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless while nothing is done to hinder ...

Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the terrible crimes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It was a somber occasion, but some media outlets couldn’t contain their glee this week that ...

Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate

On February 11th, the Indiana state House of Representatives voted 80-13 to pass House Bill 1284 to enhance protections afforded to law-abiding citizens acting in defense of themselves and others.  HB 1284 will now go to the ...

Illinois: Gun Tax Legislation Introduced

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Illinois: Gun Tax Legislation Introduced

On February 11th, legislation was introduced (HB 2331) in the Illinois House that would impose a new gun tax on all firearms and firearm components sold in Illinois. 

House to Move Forward with Ineffective Gun Control Proposals

News  

Friday, February 8, 2019

House to Move Forward with Ineffective Gun Control Proposals

On Wednesday, gun owners got to see what a Nancy Pelosi controlled Congress looks like as the House Judiciary Committee held its first gun control hearing in nearly a decade. Things went as one would ...

Another Study Blames Guns, Excludes Reality

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Another Study Blames Guns, Excludes Reality

A study published in Preventative Medicine by Yu Lu and Jeff R. Temple concludes that “the majority of mental health symptoms examined were not related to gun violence. Instead, access to firearms was the primary culprit.”

Congress to Take Up Gun Control Next Week

News  

Friday, February 1, 2019

Congress to Take Up Gun Control Next Week

On January 8, two bills were introduced in Congress to impose so-called "universal" background checks. The bills, H.R. 8 and S. 42, are being misleadingly described as simply requiring background checks on all sales of firearms, but this is ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.