The Art of Gunsmithing (by Frances Arnold)

Frances and I were given the privilege of touring L’Atelier Verney-Carron. Frances took the wonderful photographs that will accompany my articles describing our visit. Frances also wrote her own description of our visit, but from a mainly non-shooter’s perspective. Check her article out here!

LabRadar review

A brief review of mine has just appeared on The Editor, Dan Zimmerman asked a group of us to come up with short essays to go into a new series titled ‘Things That Don’t Suck’. My first review is on the wonderful Doppler-based chronograph called Labradar. I have use this product for 15 firearm reviews, and it rocks! The best part of this product compared to light-based chronographs I have used is that…I have never shot the unit!! O.K. so that is a positive, but the other positives are listed in this essay. Check it out here.


Turnbull Finished Winchester 1892 Deluxe Takedown Rifle

When I opened the box containing the 1892 Takedown at my local gun shop, this is what I saw: bone charcoal case hardening coloration on receiver, lever, hammer, butt plate and forend cap that is the ‘tell’ indicating time spent in the Turnbull workshop. There was also the era-appropriate rust bluing on the octagon barrel and magazine tube as well as a hand-rubbed oil finish on the Grade 5/6 walnut stock that shades the wood with that classic Winchester red. What I could not see, but would experience later when I carried out my rangework, was the tang safety conversion that restored the half-cock safety as was found on original 1892 rifles. Likewise, adjustments were made by the Turnbull gunsmiths to lighten the mainspring thus softening both the action cycling and trigger pull. The resulting rifle looks and feels like the original Winchesters carried by Crazy Horse, Garret, Bonnie, Gillett, Oakley and, yes, even Connors and Wayne.

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