About Me

I’m a firearms historian living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I am finishing a history degree at North Carolina State University where I chose to write my thesis on the evolution of the American firearms industry in the late 1850’s and early 1860’s. My focus has been on Smith & Wesson and its seminal Model 1 revolver, but my research has expanded into the worlds of Samuel Colt, Simeon North, Robert Johnson (no, not this Robert Johnson, although I respect them both as masters of their respective trades), Rollin White, and a dizzying array of other gun makers, engineers, craftsmen, lawyers, politicians, and crooks.

I’m particularly interested in how Smith & Wesson’s rise fits into Alfred Chandler’s theories about management and the rise of the modern enterprise, and how this intersects with the rapid advances in metalworking and machine tools over the first half of the 19th century. I also examine a parallel shift in how patents were being increasingly leveraged by large enterprises to maintain monopolies.

I enjoy public speaking and have displayed and presented my research to the following organizations:

In February 2017 I earned my Appleseed rifleman designation. Anyone interested in recreational marksmanship should strongly consider attending one of the Appleseed events. I am also a certified range safety officer, a certified Glock armorer, and I hold active memberships in the following organizations: the American Society of Arms Collectors, the Smith & Wesson Collectors Association, the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation, the Colt Collectors Association, the Garand Collector’s Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, the Remington Society of America, the Winchester Arms Collectors Association, the Sharps Collectors Association, the Springfield Armory Alliance, the Texas Gun Collectors Association, the Cast Bullet Association, the International Ammunition Association, and the US Martial Arms Collector / Springfield Research Service.

I am available to provide expert witness testimony on the topic of firearms.

I’ve been an amateur genealogist for over 30 years and maintain an online family tree, and I’m a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. I’m also an inveterate collector of antique books, W. R. Case and Randall Knives, empire furniture (particularly Thomas Day), guitars (especially those made by C. F. Martin & Co.), and other old things that tickle my fancy. I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 while still a junior at NCSU (something of a rarity, since junior nominees to PBK must hold a perfect 4.0 GPA). I’ve been a Toastmaster since 2006. I earned a Geological Technician diploma from Fleming College in 1999. And my call sign is NØMJH.

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