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Posted: 4/28/2009 11:35:05 AM EDT
It seems that he ran into the back of an SUV and passed away.  

He was one hell of a gunsmith and had some of the best skills.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/orl-bk-bikefest-fatalities-04262009,0,3266578.story

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RIP Kurt
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 12:06:54 PM EDT
That sucks
I have two rifles with his FHs on them
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 12:15:41 PM EDT
Damn
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 12:16:33 PM EDT
This SUCKS!



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RIP Kurt.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 2:11:17 PM EDT
Damn.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 2:28:39 PM EDT
wow
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[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 2:32:59 PM EDT by VA-gunnut]
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wow

Link Posted: 4/28/2009 3:15:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 3:23:58 PM EDT by fullauto4u]


I just got a email from his wife about this. Man, what a shame, what a great guy Kurt was. I just got a barrel back on Monday that he worked on for me.  The industry has just lost a very talented man.

Here is a link to the news story....Kurt Wala
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Link Posted: 4/28/2009 3:46:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Helldog40:
A fine man with a great rep in the industry. My sympathies to his family and friends.


+1

Sorry to hear.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 3:50:37 PM EDT
Aw man, that really sucks.  I've driven up to his shop to have some work done, and he's a really friendly guy.

Link Posted: 4/28/2009 3:55:06 PM EDT
Always remember to live as if it is your last day, make it count. My condolesences to his wife and family. I am sure he lived his life at his fullest.



Link Posted: 4/28/2009 4:02:29 PM EDT
RIP Kurt,  Damn.

He did some great work and a helluva nice guy.  The swamp in Bushnell will never be the same.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 4:02:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 5:23:50 PM EDT by my65pan]
I'm very sorry to hear this. Kurt did some real nice work for me last year. He was working on a '65 pan so we hit it off pretty well as far as you can via e-mail. My condolences to his family.
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Link Posted: 4/28/2009 4:15:12 PM EDT
A kink to this was posted over on the retro fourm - I didn't know him personally, but everything I ever heard about him was good. From what I understand, he did stellar work. My condolences to his family and friends.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 4:48:10 PM EDT
He was a decent guy, I got some 9mm stuff from him a couple of years ago.

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[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 4:48:46 PM EDT by Hal143]
He was a genius, and I'll miss him.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 5:36:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/28/2009 5:48:04 PM EDT by madmanblake]
I was looking forward to some of his work.  My condolences.

ETA:  Kurt's own advice, straight from his site, remember it well:

Support the 2nd Amendment, and, above all, "Be careful out there".
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 6:08:28 PM EDT
I will be going to Kurt's house tomorrow to see about getting some of my stuff back.  I still have my claim tag, can't believe I did noit toss it.  I hope there are no problems as although Kurt seemed to be a hell of a guy, he was SWAMPED with work and the shop is loaded with parts and projects.

Hope I don't run into trouble or issues...
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 6:08:56 PM EDT
Fuck.........
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 6:57:22 PM EDT
Kurt will be greatly missed by everyone he has touched throughout his life. He did some barrel work for me about a year ago. He knew more about the modifications I wanted than I did. He had the answers to questions I hadn't even thought of. I'm a biker myself and I know he died doing something he loved.
Rest in peace brother.

Doc
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 7:15:57 PM EDT
RIP Kurt

He did great work for great prices.  He also took the time to look at custom projects that others would have turned down.  We lost a good one here
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 7:59:18 PM EDT
Damn...

Fair winds and following seas bro...
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 8:22:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bowhntr6pt:
I will be going to Kurt's house tomorrow to see about getting some of my stuff back.  I still have my claim tag, can't believe I did noit toss it.  I hope there are no problems as although Kurt seemed to be a hell of a guy, he was SWAMPED with work and the shop is loaded with parts and projects.

Hope I don't run into trouble or issues...


Just my opinion, but it might be more tasteful to wait a week or two... just out of simple respect for the guy and his family. I guarantee you, they are probably a little busy with arrangements and dealing with grief right now. Probably not too concerned about the business right this moment.

Just sayin.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 8:24:27 PM EDT
God be with his family.  I just got my barrel back from him a month or two ago.  Excellent work.  All of our loss.  
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 3:44:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
Originally Posted By Bowhntr6pt:
I will be going to Kurt's house tomorrow to see about getting some of my stuff back.  I still have my claim tag, can't believe I did noit toss it.  I hope there are no problems as although Kurt seemed to be a hell of a guy, he was SWAMPED with work and the shop is loaded with parts and projects.

Hope I don't run into trouble or issues...


Just my opinion, but it might be more tasteful to wait a week or two... just out of simple respect for the guy and his family. I guarantee you, they are probably a little busy with arrangements and dealing with grief right now. Probably not too concerned about the business right this moment.

Just sayin.

I agree, let the family deal with their loss, then see about finishing your business with them.

Link Posted: 4/29/2009 4:06:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By fullauto4u:
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
Originally Posted By Bowhntr6pt:
I will be going to Kurt's house tomorrow to see about getting some of my stuff back.  I still have my claim tag, can't believe I did noit toss it.  I hope there are no problems as although Kurt seemed to be a hell of a guy, he was SWAMPED with work and the shop is loaded with parts and projects.

Hope I don't run into trouble or issues...


Just my opinion, but it might be more tasteful to wait a week or two... just out of simple respect for the guy and his family. I guarantee you, they are probably a little busy with arrangements and dealing with grief right now. Probably not too concerned about the business right this moment.

Just sayin.

I agree, let the family deal with their loss, then see about finishing your business with them.




Yea, I agree and have already thought of this after I posted.  I have stopped in there many times so it's not like I'm a simple customer or stranger.  I'll just go by and express my condolences. IF the issue comes up, maybe I can help his wife/family get things settled WHEN THEY ARE READY to do so.

Link Posted: 4/29/2009 10:16:29 AM EDT
RIP Kurt, my condolences to his family. He was a one man shop that is no more.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 12:05:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bowhntr6pt:
I will be going to Kurt's house tomorrow to see about getting some of my stuff back.  I still have my claim tag, can't believe I did noit toss it.  I hope there are no problems as although Kurt seemed to be a hell of a guy, he was SWAMPED with work and the shop is loaded with parts and projects.

Hope I don't run into trouble or issues...



I have some things at his shop right now too. I've met Kurt, but never his family. Can anyone advise me on what I should do? I don't want to intrude, certainly, and I have no problem waiting a week or so before driving through Bushnell. I'd also like to offer my condolences personally. He was a patriot, a hard-worker, and a genius. He'll certainly be missed by many  
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 3:14:45 PM EDT
Shame about Kurt.

No sympathy for the biker gang member though.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 11:56:04 AM EDT
Biker gang member?
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 12:12:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MightyHD:
Biker gang member?


He's is probably talking about the other guy in the newspaper article who was also killed on a motorcycle.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 4:09:23 AM EDT
I've got two FH's with the 'KKF' stamp on them. All top notch.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 5:02:09 AM EDT
Kurt did some excellent work for me in the past.

He was 'one of the good guys', and he will be missed............
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 6:14:32 PM EDT
Excellant guy who did top notch work.RIP
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 8:16:30 PM EDT
The man did what Bushmaster couldnt. Was an artist/ visionary IMO. BMs are the best Bullpups. Kurt made them that way.

RIP bud.
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 2:41:08 AM EDT
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