Michael the Collector & Engineer


Michael is an engineer at heart on many different levels. From an infant he loved pulling things apart to see how they work. As a child there were lots of billy-carts, Mechano, cubby houses and electronics sets.

Amongst many other interests, Michael owns an antique firearms dealership located in Perth, Western Australia named 'The Kings Armoury'. Michael began his lifelong interest in target shooting  when he was 4 years old. He began collecting firearms upon receiving his first rifle from his father for his 9th birthday. Michael's father worked at the Small Arms Factory (SAF) at Lithgow for 46 years and when Michael was 6 years of age his father took him into the SAF Museum and he was interested in historical firearms from then on. Michael is fascinated by the 'living history' aspect of historical firearms, not to glorify war but rather as a reminder of the sacrifices made and also of what not to do in future moments. As we study and understand the past so are we able to create a future free of the disharmonies of that past.

100Upon leaving school when he was 16 he followed in his Fathers footsteps and commenced a Toolmaking apprenticeship at the Small Arms Factory which included extensive training in all aspects of gun manufacture, design, testing and troubleshhoting. In the 3rd year of his apprenticeship he also commenced training in Mechanical Engineering and he later worked for many years in systems design and process engineering. He worked on many commercial projects as well as on small arms research and development projects. Michael was also involved in troubleshooting rifle manufacturing processes. In 1983 after becoming the Department of Defence Support Apprentice of the Year he was sent to the UK for a year to work at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield on attachment. All in all Michael worked at the SAF for 15 years then took a redundancy package.

Michael's business philosophy is based on 35 years of collecting experience and target shooting. If there were only one thing that he can share from these years of experience, it would be that "Reputation is Everything." He will always be a collector at heart, so he knows what it is like to spend hard-earned money ordering something over the phone or Internet only to be disappointed. His main goal for this site is to have satisfied customers who will come back in the future to add to their collections without hesitation. He has made a commitment to represent every item with a thorough description and detailed photographs.

uniforms2 Becoming a firearms dealer of antique guns was really the natural evolution of Michaels very enjoyable hobby of collecting and target shooting firearms. Over the years he has shot in all kinds of disciplines from Black Powder to Field Rifle and he has won medals in events at both State and National level. He has also done some re-enacting from time to time.


The Metaphysical Engineer

 As an Engineer on the metaphysical level Michael has manifested the Cosmosis Personal Growth Mentoring Process. Cosmosis is an internal alchemical process for personal growth that enables you to change how you respond to the world.  It is all about mastery of Self. This personal growth process changes your personal reactions and feelings about the people and situations in your life, and, instead of simply reacting to life, empowers you to consciously choose how you respond. The process has nothing to do with anyone or anything else, it’s just self meeting self time and time again until you get the message that everything in your environment is a reflection of you, and that your life is your creation.  As you change your personal response to the people and situations you have attracted to yourself, your journey through life improves.  It is very easy to measure your change because the people and situations pressing your buttons will suddenly appear to be acting differently, and your buttons won’t get pressed in the same way any more. more about Cosmosis here


Michael's other interests and activities include using his skills as an engineer to build and renovate all kinds of objects. He has an extensive machine shop and is able to manufacture pretty much any part required for his antique cars and guns as required for their restoration and maintenence.

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You can view all my antique cars on the Shannons website here



Electric vehicle conversion



high-voltage-signbattery2Michael's big engineering project this year is the conversion of his 1976 Triumph Stag to an electric vehicle. The technology now is such that it is a very viable proposition. We anticipate about a 150km range per charge with a top speed of about 130km/hr. Even charging on dirty power from coal fired power stations the CO2 emmissions will be well less than 10% of a petrol vehicle and the batteries used will not be the rare earth ones used in Hybrid vehicles which put more CO2 into the atmosphere being made than you save in the life of the vehicle. We will be using the latest Li-Ion batteries.

We hope to have the project completed by the middle of 2012. Click here for the whole story of this project.








Tim Brunner from evworks.com.au in Perth is helping us with the vehicle conversion. Tim and EV Works is proud to have been awarded the contract to undertake the conversion of vehicles for the WA Electric Vehicle Trial, the first of its kind in Australia. The trial will operate over the next two years, placing electric vehicles into the fleets of ten local businesses and government departments in order to evaluate their performance and feasibility. Click here to visit the media release at CO2Smart, the official trial manager.






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