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Tom Ball, Sr., owner of Ball Accuracy, was a nationally known gunsmith and had operated the business from his home for the past 30 years.  He was admired for his knowledge and the craftsmanship which he possessed.  He was a true artist.  He was never afraid to tell anyone the secrets about his work.

In his earlier years, Tom wrote articles for “Muzzle Blast” magazine.  He was a member of the United States International Muzzle Loading Team.  He competed in France, winning 4thplace in the world and first place among the U. S. competitors.  Tom was the PA State Pistol Champion 3 times.  He was a life long member of the National Rifle Association and the North-South Skirmish Association.  He raised the level of revolver competition in the N-SSA by leading the development of accurate cap and ball revolvers and later accurized Smith carbines for competition.  He was also known for his customized cylinder loaders and the sale of R&D cylinders.

Top specialized in N-SSA and cowboy bullets.  The “Thoroughly Modern Minie” and the “Smith Maynard” were very popular among others.  He was always at the center of a large group of people, each one hoping to catch his attention.  Tom always loved answering questions.  He was eager to please and very willing and able.  His stature in the shooting community was without comparison.

After traveling to Fort Shenandoah for many years, a few of his customers told him about how they attended cowboy action shoots and immediately he was interested and had to try it.  Of course, he loved it.

Tom was regional director of SASS and the organizer of the North Mountain Sportsman Club cowboy shoot facility.  He inspired many people to enter the sport called SASS.  He was looking forward to many more years of enjoyment and developing new items to make cowboy shooting even more fun and accurate.  He had already built a matching pair of Ruger Vaqueros, changed from .44-40 to .32-20 that are one of a kind, the only ones in existence.

Tom loved his family very much.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  Our lives will never be the same without him.  There will never be another Tom Ball or another “Ball Accuracy”.

As someone said to me, “He will no longer have to suffer the wounds of life, for he has now found peace with his God.

By his wife, Lorraine