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  • Well , Of course my favorite gun/job is the one I am currently working on; but as I reminisced a bit about business in 2014 I realized that some special guns did pass through the shop this year.  ... Continue →

  • The Marlin Model 39 was introduced following World War One in about 1922 and was a further refinement of the original Marlin .22 lever actions the models 1891 – 1892- 1897. It became one of the ... Continue →

  • This is a process for stripping old stock finishes before refinishing.  This technique will work for oil and varnish finishes, it will not work on the Browning and Weatherby type finishes from the 19... Continue →

  • Restoration and restorative repairs are a part of my business. Here are a few random photos from over the last year or so.   Continue →

  • The Borchardt C-93 pistol is considered to be the first commercially successful self loading pistol design and the for-runner to the famous Luger pistol . Production began in 1893 at Ludwig Lowe compa... Continue →

  • It is occasionally nice to meet with other gunmakers and engravers just to relax and discuss the things gunmakers and engravers like to talk about… these photos are from a recent lunch in Wiscon... Continue →

  • Sometimes you just gotta make what you need…..  here is a case in point. To do work on the frames of .45 autos I needed to create a fixture to hold the frame between centers and mountable in th... Continue →

  • Here are some more tid bits regarding collectable handguns and restoration work. Sometimes, depending on the gun and its condition ; it is best to do as little as possible. This Colt single action arm... Continue →

  • Here are a before and after photo of a Luger restoration. This pistol was recovered after a home fire. As you can see there is plenty of active rust and more than a bit of pitting. The wood too needs ... Continue →

  • One of the best things about my job is getting to work on some very unusual , rare and interesting pistols. Here are just a few that have come through the shop in the last couple of years. The Gabbet-... Continue →

  • In restoration work we restore the entire gun and this will also include the grips on handguns. Here is a C-96 Mauser ‘Conehammer’ restoration in which new grips needed to be fabricated. I... Continue →

  • There are a great many small details about stock design which might go unnoticed unless pointed out; so here is one small detail about my own stock design. The rear edge of the grip cap will meet or j... Continue →

  • Happy clients make for a successful business. I recently delivered a project to a long time client that was a bit out of the norm for me. The rifle was a custom based on a current production Marlin le... Continue →

  • Well, its been a busy first half of 2013.  I think the first thing to do is to mention the FEGA show in Las Vegas for January 2014. This is likely to be a winner for FEGA. The FEGA president Barry L... Continue →

  •  This is a great book and I want to mention that it is in reprint and avilible now. Dave Wesbrook is one of the very best stockmakers around and I am really glad to have him as a good friend. His boo... Continue →

  • Often guns or gun parts will have fine engraving which includes gold, silver or Platinum. Following metal finishing – especially rust bluing, these fine metals may tarnish or patina a bit. The p... Continue →

  • This is one of those internal repairs requiring the fabrication of a new part. The cocking rod is the part in the action which when the barrels are opened and swung down is forced back and cocks the h... Continue →

  • Thanks to Client Rick M. for these great photos … The Purdey O/U is one of the very rare first production guns with the six locking bolts. The Churchill is a great side lock gun which was stock... Continue →

  • When working on or inspecting fine double guns; one of the items that needs to be checked are the ejectors. Timing is important ! If both barrels are fired then both ejectors should trip and eject bot... Continue →

  • Be careful …   When most people see things like this – they simply say  “the gun blew up.” There are in fact any number of different kinds of things that can go wrong.  Alm... Continue →

  • In January the A.C.G.G. held it’s annual show inside the DSC convention  at the Dallas convention center. This was a big change for our Guild. Formerly we had been holding it in Las Vegas, Reno... Continue →

  •  Yup…   I still do this… Although it is not particularly common anymore in today’s age of high quality pattern duplicates. But on some occasions it is just simpler and easier to d... Continue →

  • when making a custom one of a kind stock for a client…..its not just a matter of hacking out something that looks like a stock… the stock always must be made to exact and specific  dimens... Continue →

  • Being able to work on Rare guns is both a treat and an honor. This one is an original M-1866 Winchester, which is often called the  ‘Yellow boy’ because of its bronze receiver. One of the... Continue →

  • The ACGG held its show inside the Dallas Safari Club convention this last January. Here is a photo of some favorite people. Brian Hochstrat is on the left, Al Lofgren is in the center and good old Bob... Continue →

  • These British Gibb’s Farquharson actions are about as rare as hen’s teeth. It’s always a good day when you get one to work on. This one came into the shop in typical brown, rusted, b... Continue →

  • Here is the floor plate release held in a vise with soft lead jaws so as not to mare the release.   In this case we are using a 30 lpi checkering file to do the lines. You can also see that by cover... Continue →

  •   Often times, collectable guns which have seen some heavy use over the years can use a bit of touching up to improve their look . One of the most often damaged areas would be the checkering – ... Continue →

  •   The Smith & Wesson Schofield revolvers were official U.S. Army revolvers concurent with the Colt Single action army model.  When they were made surplus – Well’s Fargo company boug... Continue →

  • I’ll remain the Editor of Gunmaker magazine for another year – I guess they like what I’m doing.  It is actually about the best publication out there dealing with Custom Guns and Cu... Continue →

  • Well as many of you know the A.C.G.G has moved its annual exposition from Reno/Sparks to Dallas and inside the DSC convention.  This first photo on the left is from our exploratory pilot show in 2012... Continue →

  • Thanks to Bob Snapp for this photo of Bob Thacker of the Penn. Gunsmithing school and I discussing the future of Gunsmithing in America and what the A.C.G.G. can do to assit the various schools.. Continue →

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  •    At the A.C.G.G. Banquet and Auction with Wally M. The entire DSC / A.C.G.G. show was great… Continue →

  •           The American Custom Gunmakers Guild has a system in place for recording the details about the building of custom guns by its members. This is called ‘Hallmark... Continue →

  • This is the weekend for the Dallas Safari Club show and convention. This is a great time and it is a huge show. 30 ACGG members for the first time are displaying as a group and boy are we happy to be ... Continue →

  •   The Dallas Safari Club show is just around the corner. It runs January 5th thru the 8th. For the first time ever over 30 ACGG members will be displaying in a special ‘Gunmakers’ s... Continue →

  • Now here is something that you need for your shop or gun room……and its for a good cause.. This is the 2012 custom gun calendar….  featuring the work of ACGG members The good people ... Continue →

  • Here is just a bit of a sneak preview of the collaborative display rifle for the 2012 Exhibition season…. Once again Al Lofgren of Michigan is the stockmaker and Brian Hochstrat of Idaho is the ... Continue →

  •               Here is a photo of good friend and client Richard Gerding with an elephant taken in September. The ivory goes an incredible  70.4 and 72.6 pounds on ... Continue →

  • The photo here is of an E.J. Churchill 20 bore shotgun stocked by Jerry Fisher and in my shop for stock refinishing.  You can notice that I am using a clean piece of t-shirt for the rubbing and that... Continue →

  •   I am very happy to announce that I am in the final phase of testing a new item for my offerings. After years of disgust in observing the rather poor design and construction of synthetic stocks... Continue →

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  • Here is a skirting package for Color case hardening a Jerry Fisher 1 screw grip cap. The purpose of the skirting is to help hold the color producing charcoal against the parts during the quench proce... Continue →

  • The annual ACGG exhibition is January 20-21-22 , 2012 at the Nugget hotel-casino in Sparks Nevada. If you like fine guns this is a good place be be. Great guns by great gunmakers to look at and the ... Continue →

  • Test firing any gun being worked on is a given; otherwise how will you know it works ? Or is accurate? Actually during the building of a custom rifle it will go through several series of range sessio... Continue →

  • Here is a tip on inletting an octagonal barrel from a square blank.  We know we want the top line of the forend to be on the same plane as the bore line. So we mill the bottom flat to the correct de... Continue →

  • This photo shows drilling the through hole for a set of magnum cross bolts. The next step is to mill the seat for the cross bolt heads. Some clients like to have the heads seated a bit deeper and c... Continue →

  • I thought some of you might like to see the work bench lay-out. Here is a ‘birds eye view’. On the left is the stockmaking bench, with a stockmakers vise. The center bench is for assembly... Continue →

  • Perhaps you have heard the term ‘smoke’ used in confunction with gunsmiths fitting parts together. This refers to smoke soot being applied to a part and then fitting that part with its ma... Continue →

  • Here is a little shop tip regarding keeping you chisels sharp. I know you already have a strop board, which is of course a piece of good smooth leather mounted on a flat board and charged with some j... Continue →

  • One of the most useful tools for me during the final stages of stock shaping is the very simple scraper ; these are sometimes also called a ‘card’ scraper. These can be purchased through a... Continue →

  • Here is a recent project being worked on. The rifle is a Winchester M-1873 in caliber .32-20. This is a deluxe version with extra fancy checkered wood, a half octagon, half round barrel and a half len... Continue →