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Oren Truitt

Oren Truitt

     Professional Panelist

I am a trained, professional gunsmith as well as recognized as having expertise with rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting. Have had CQD firearms training and have taught self defense. I was a competitive fencer for 18 years, until my knee gave out. I am also a bladesmith, have made knives and swords. Have been trained in rapier, European sword technique and some modest training in Japanese sword. Also, I began lapidary and wax sculpture at the age of 11, did it as a hobby for many years and worked my way through graduate school (M.A.history, Univ Texas Arlington) as a custom bench jeweler, jewelry designer and sculptor. Along with commercial jewelry I made my own line of Celtic design jewelry and won several awards in a number of art shows including a BEST IN CATEGORY at Dragoncon. I made custom 25 mm figures for gamers as well as a number of 'masters' for Reaper Miniatures in McKinney, TX. In addition, I designed and created the prototypes for a chess set for Citadel Military Academy.

I had tinkered with guns for years but in graduate school my passion for history and love of firearms drew me to working for a genuine 'old world style' MASTER gunsmith. I worked for him part time for over 5 years. My apprenticeship. Later I ran my own gunsmithing shop for a few years specializing in repair and restoration of antique firearms and building custom 1911 pistols and sporting rifles.

I have 18 years teaching experience - I teach science and history.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Oren Truitt

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 03:00PM "Check Out Our Edge" (Edged Weapons - That Is) - Show 'n' Tell from the Hank Reinhardt Collection
Toni Weisskopf moderates this discussion by master blade smiths and show and tell with weapons from the Hank Reinhardt collection.
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Artist Meet & Greet
Did something catch your eye in the Art Show? This is a chance to meet the Artist and let them tell you about it. Don't forget to bid!
Sat 12:00PM Ask A Master Gunsmith
Oren Truitt moderates this Q&A session and display of antique firearms.
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Tedd Roberts. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros
Sun 01:00PM Miniature Making Workshop
Oren Truitt designed custom 25 mm figures for Reaper Miniatures and will share his secrets during this 2 hour workshop.
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)