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Turnbull SHOT Show 2016

2016 Shot Show Review

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The 2016 SHOT show was a huge success as always! The show was held on January 19-22 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas NV. Here are a few “bullet points” to recap:
  • We introduced our new line of 2016 Turnbull 1911’s. They were a big hit among the crowds. This year we produced updates to the Government, Government Heritage, Commander, and Commander Heritage 1911 product line.  All new guns now come standard with beaver tail grip safety, checkered front strap and adjustable tritium night sights.
  • Over a thousand people came to the booth to sign up for the Turnbull Giveaway!  We are raffling off a $1000 gift certificate and a new TAR 15 for free.  The raffle is set to take place on May 31st 2016. Don’t miss your chance to sign up here!
  • We had Lou and Theresa Tuminaro, stars of The Outdoor Channel’s “The Gunfather”, signing autographs and greeting people.  Lou and Theresa are very nice people and do an excellent job with their tv program.
  • Doug Turnbull was one of the biggest stars at our booth.  As the founder of our company, people love to come up to Doug and talk about their experiences, guns they have and guns we have restored for them. In addition, Doug was able to offer advice to a lot of people who came up and asked him specific restoration questions.
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Turnbull at Dallas Safari Club 2016

DSC Convention 2016 Recap

Doug Turnbull at DSC 2016

Doug speaking with attendees of the DSC 2016 show.

Turnbull was honored to be a part of the Dallas Safari Club Conservation Convention, one of the first shows of 2016. This exciting convention lasted from January 7th until the 10th. In essence, this convention is hosted every year for big game hunters and other attendees to boost the efforts of conservation. The event included everything from seminars and exhibits to auctions of weapons and other items. This is where we came in. We have been proud supporters of the DSC, and this year were pleased to be able to donate the Turnbull BBQ Commander Heritage 1911 to the Dallas Safari Club. This specific gun was soon auctioned off to Adam Biondich.

Many of the visitors and other attendees to the convention took a lot of interest in the new guns we had on display for 2016, of which there was a lot to see. Our latest 1911’s come standard with a useful and elegant checkered front strap, a beavertail grip safety, adjustable tritium night sights from Kensight and a Commander style hammer.All of these features were added to ensure that the gun is of the highest quality. Turnbull is really proud of these models, and we could tell that attendees found them quite interesting as well.

New 2016 Turnbull 1911 Government Heritage Model

New 2016 Turnbull 1911 Government Heritage Model

Throughout the duration of the convention, we spoke to numerous students that are currently going to school in order to be gunsmiths. We helped to answer any questions they had about working with antique guns and specifically on lever actions. We believe that they came away with some useful tips and knowledge from those that have garnered experience as gunsmiths. Doug was the main attraction throughout the convention. Several people came to the booth during the convention to talk with and get photographed with him. Our booth was a sizable one. In fact, we had a newly manufactured and restoration section of our booth that was designed to display how our restoration services work.

In the restoration section of the booth, we had a number of examples of guns which have been restored sitting right next to the originals of the same model. This worked wonders in showing visitors and attendees the huge difference between restored and non-restored models. We even sold a few of the original guns that we had on display at the show. The manufactured section of the booth was designed to display a number of our new models, including our TMC 1886 and all Turnbull Model 1911’s. Overall, this was a fantastic show and we can’t wait to be back again next year. We hope to be in the same booth, #4328.

Turnbull Dealer EuroOptics

New Turnbull Dealer: EuroOptic

EuroOptic offers a wide variety of optics, accessories and firearms.

EuroOptic offers a wide variety of optics, accessories and firearms.

At Turnbull Manufacturing and Restoration, we partner with a variety of dealers in order to ensure that our pistols are offered to as many potential customers as possible. We are proud to announce that EuroOptic is our newest dealer and we are excited to work with them on the sale of our Turnbull products. EuroOptic has been in business as an online European sport optics retailer since the late ’90’s and offers a large variety of different products to choose from, including everything from firearms and ammunition to rifle scopes and range finders. The following will provide a detailed look at this new partnership and EuroOptic as a dealer of Turnbull products.

Having been in business for well over 15 years, EuroOptic has spent quite some time developing their storefront to be user friendly and appealing to customers, which is one of the primary reasons that we have partnered with them. They specialize in high performance gear and offer a wide range of products that are useful for everyone from a bird watcher to a seasoned hunter. The products offered by EuroOptic are all high quality and top-of-the-line, as they partner with manufacturers that are among the very best in the industry. As of 2015, they are planning a new retail showroom to go along with their online storefront. This showroom can be found near Montoursville, Pennsylvania and is located less than one mile from the Williamsport Regional Airport.

EuroOptic brings a selection of their products to shows across the country.

EuroOptic brings their products to shows across the country.

As such, the showroom is easily accessible by highway or air. All of the specialized products offered by EuroOptic can be found at this showroom, including the products provided by us at Turnbull. Not only does EuroOptic offer their products to regular customers, but to government agencies as well, as they are personally registered with GSA and SAMS for government contracts or purchases. They are also licensed and registered with a number of different weapon classifications, such as The Arms Export Control Act and the ATF Class 08 firearms importer.

As for the Turnbull products on hand with EuroOptic, they have a wide range of our catalog in stock, including everything from the Turnbull 1911 Standard Model and the Turnbull 1911 Heritage to the Turnbull 1911 Commander. Each of these pistols has several different options to choose from, which means that you can select the exact weapon for your needs. For example, the Turnbull 1911 Heritage is designed to resemble pistols crafted during the first World War. As such, it comes with a sight with a semi-circle notch, a WWI style ejection port, a solid one piece steel trigger and a number of additional features that may prove to be of use to you, including hand polishing to ensure that the weapon is in pristine quality.

The same holds true for all of our weapons offered through EuroOptic. This partnership has been made due to the lengthy history of both of our companies in the manufacturing and sale of pistols, as well as the fact that both of our companies strive for excellence in all of the services we provide and the products we offer. No matter which Turnbull weapon that you are considering, it’s possible to order any Turnbull product directly from EuroOptic. Both the price of the weapon and the primary features are clearly displayed and easy-to-see, allowing you to make an informed decision about the weapon that you want to buy. Customer reviews are also available at EuroOptic in order to assist with the purchase decision. Overall, we are excited about this new partnership and look forward to many more years with EuroOptic as one of our preferred dealers.

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The History of the Colt 1911 and How Turnbull Has Modernized the Classic

At Turnbull Restoration and Manufacturing Co., our services center around both the manufacturing and restoration of guns. One of the foremost handguns that our manufacturing efforts focus on is the Colt 1911. These guns are still popular today due to their fine craftsmanship and amazing quality. The restoration that we do on these handguns is aimed (no pun intended) at maintaining historical accuracy while improving the quality with our unique manufacturing process. The following will provide an in-depth look at the history of the colt 1911, as well as how Turnbull has modernized the classic.

History of The Colt 1911

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As the name of the gun implies, the Colt 1911 was first crafted in 1911. This pistol was designed by John Moses Browning. However, its history began around the year of 1906. During this time, the United States military started to look at a wide range of possible pistol designs, which included the new .45 Automatic Colt Pistol. Over the next few years, the number of designs was whittled down until the Colt pistol remained as the last one standing. Read Story

New 1911 Handguns: Restoring and Manufacturing

The Colt Model 1911 Handgun was the standard issued sidearm for the U.S. military between the years of 1911 and 1985, earning the trust of soldiers who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  Since then, many former serviceman and service woman have decided to dust off their old service guns and get them restored.  Designed by John Browning, this handgun has been one of the most popular make and model to be re-manufactured in the 21st Century, since being deactivated by the U.S. military around 30 years ago.    colt 1911 before      

Restoring  the Model 1911 handgun allows the owner to bring the life back to this once proud pistol.  As one of the most experienced restores of 1911’s, Turnbull knows that the keys to restoring them are, attention to detail and maintaining the historical authenticity.


Attention to detail is a must when restoring a 1911 pistol.  To start the restoration process, each piece of the pistol must be meticulously disassembled and labeled (for reassembly purposes).  Once disassembled, each piece will be cleaned, polished and remarked before the proper period finishes are applied.  They are then assembled and tested to ensure it is in top working condition.  This may sound relatively simple; however, this is more of an art than it is an exact science.  Some metals react differently to the finishes making it relatively difficult to accomplish the desired finished look.  When looking for a restoration service, you will want to make sure they are capable of bringing the gun back to its original luster, and experience cannot be undervalued.colt 1911 after

Maintaining the historical authenticity of the pistol can be just as important as attention to detail.  You don’t have to get the pistol restored to exact color or finish, but you do want the handgun to have its true and original markings.  Again, this may seem like a simple process, but it is anything but simple.  These roll marks need to be sized and shaped perfectly, in order to match the original markings.  They also need to be in the same position on the slide and or frame.  Without experience in this field, you may end up with an odd looking marking on your newly restored 1911.  Again, finding an experienced restoration expert cannot be overlooked.

Manufacturing new 1911 pistols has recently become a growing market.  As one of the leaders in restoring them, Turnbull has taken that knowledge and applied it to our own line of new Model 1911 Handguns.  When looking for a new model you will want to look for one that maintains the historic look of the pistol.  However, there is more room for personal preference when buying a newly made one opposed to having one restored.

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The 1911 is a classic look that people recognize and love, and buying one new allows the buyer to have more design options that are more appealing to the individual.  Opposed to restoring, you can get relatively creative when manufacturing these classic handguns.  With new model’s, you still need to pay attention to the historical authenticity, or it won’t be recognized as the iconic piece that it is.

Companies, like Turnbull, have put their own twist on these models now.  Adding different coloring to the slide and frame and applying new grips, can really make these handguns standout.  Classic engraving styles can also be added to these guns turning them into beautiful show pieces.  When looking for a company to buy a newly made 1911 from, historical authenticity and attention to detail is still the most important thing.  Hand cut engravers, experienced metal finishers and experienced restorers make the perfect shop from whom to buy from.  Whether you are looking to use these handguns for sport or for show, the Model 1911 is a perfect choice for a handgun collector.

Whether you are an experienced collector or someone who is just beginning to collect, finding an experienced company to restore or buy new from, is a must!  Without experience, you may end up with a devalued restoration or a 1911 that is not historically accurate.  Done correctly, these classic handguns will continue their storied tradition in American History.



tastings-smheritage-donation-OCGOPTurnbull Restoration & Manufacturing is proud to support the Ontario County Republican Committee for the second year in a row, with the donation of a Turnbull Heritage 1911. The 15th annual “Tastings on the Lake” event at the Inn on the Lake will be held on March 1st, 2015 from 1:00-4:30 PM and includes Finger Lakes wineries, microbrews, distilleries, exotic teas, organic juices, gourmet cheeses, Hor D’Oevres, cheesecake samplings and huge silent and live auctions. Turnbull’s contribution is a Turnbull manufactured Heritage Edition Model 1911. The Heritage is an accurate reproduction of the iconic 1911 pistols built during WWI. The pistol is hand built, and polished prior to our signature finishes being applied, using only components made in the U.S.A. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

VDD-GNA host Turnbull Employees at Pheasant Hunt at Palmyra Hunt Club

In appreciation for their hard work and fine craftsmanship, a number of Turnbull employees were invited out on a pheasant hunt, at the Palmyra Hunt Club, in Palmyra, NY.

Sam, Ryan, Nate, Neal, Jack and Joon from Turnbull managed to whack 34 out of 40 birds put out for the day’s hunt. “We appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the customized 12 ga O/U Ruger Red Label your team put together for our 2014 Armbruster and this is our way of saying, thank you, for a job well done!” “We also look forward to the next gun Team Turnbull customizes for our 2015 Armbruster to be held in Utah and sponsored by our Wild West Chapter of the VDD-GNA” said Ron Figler of VDD-GNA.

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Restore Your Ugly Guns with Turnbull Manufacturing

From FEBRUARY 19, 2012

Guns can be beautiful, but they can also be downright ugly. And even though a gun may have historical significance in its original condition, ugly is ugly. If you can afford it of course, some old guns are good candidates for a complete makeover restoration, back to factory original. Restoring an old gun can be a big decision.

Winchester+Model+1886_before1 Original Colts, Winchesters, 1911s from various manufacturers, and double shotguns are worth big bucks even in rough condition, so not all guns are suitable for restoration from a value standpoint. But factory new condition is possible, even if a gun is horribly pitted and the parts are not all there. There is a tradeoff between “all original” value and refinished value in these guns, and that can get a little tricky. There isn’t a lot of collector demand for really rough guns under 45%, and these are great candidates for restoration.

Turnbull Manufacturing has been the most recognized name in old firearm restorations since shortly after Doug Turnbull started out in 1983. They employ nine full-time gunsmiths, plus an engraver, and work out of a 6400 square foot building in Bloomfield, New York. Overall, Turnbull has restored and/or repaired over 25,000 firearms, and now they even have their own line of guns There is no more respected name in firearm restoration worldwide than Doug Turnbull, and if you want your old gun restored to factory new, there is no company more capable and trusted than today’s Turnbull Manufacturing.

Winchester+Model+1886_after1 You may not even know this, but guns were much prettier back in the day. From the factory, most pre-WWII guns, through the late 1930s, had what is called a “charcoal blue” finish on the barrel. It is a light blue, not the black you see today, and it glimmers and shines, unlike the black of today. The old guns also had “color case hardening,” on many of their bare metal parts, including the receivers on rifles and the frame on revolvers. Color case hardening is a multicolor design that is literally burned into the metal and shimmers with colors ranging from blues to greens, to purples to oranges, and no two guns are ever alike. Generally they also had reddish hand rubbed wood, really beautiful stuff.

If your old gun is 45-50% or better condition, and hasn’t been cut down or had major parts or wood replaced, you should take a hard look at the all-original value before deciding to restore it, according to the experts at Turnbull. Guns in less than 45% condition can generally be refurbished back to factory new, and they will and retain in re-sale value that money that you spend with Turnbull Manufacturing (and sometimes multiply several times).

Colt+1911_mfg+1912+before1 Better condition guns are always in demand by collectors and investors, but the rougher the gun, the fewer people want it. The Turnbull crew can give you a good idea in real dollars of what the effect of a high quality restoration will have on the overall resale value of the firearm, original versus refurbished. They have a 12 month wait on restorations, so they aren’t hurting for work, and you can trust their opinion as to what is best for your gun. Doug and the guys themselves buy guns to restore and sell at a profit, because though nobody wants an old grey ugly gun, everyone wants a Turnbull, if you’re a gun nut of course.

Accuracy is often even more important than beauty in an historic firearm restoration. Parker Shotguns, for instance, are known for muted colors in their case color hardening, whereas WInchester and Colt produced guns with purple and even orange highlighting. You may have heard of charcoal bluing if you are a gun nut, but did you know that the screws, trigger, basepin and some other small parts were what is called Nitre Blued in the late 19th and early 20th century? Colt, Winchester, Marlin, and many other gunmakers used this purplish, or what is sometimes called “fire bluing” on the small parts only, because it is more durable than charcoal blue. By the second world war, the black bluing we see on guns today, which is called hot, or “dulight” bluing, became the standard because it was cheaper, but prior to this most guns were charcoal blued with Nitre bluing on the wear parts.

Colt+1911_mfg+19121 Case color hardening was used on Colt frames and Winchester receivers during the entire cowboy era, as well as on many other guns, like the Sharps, Winchester Hi-Wall, and the Remington Rolling Block. Most side by side shotguns also had charcoal bluing and case coloring. Bone charcoal is the key ingredient in this unique process that Turnbull has perfected over the years. The gun is packed in it and heated in an oven, and the longer you leave it, the richer the highlights. It also hardens the steel to a 28-35 Rockwell, and the finish can’t scratch off. It is 15-20 thousandths deep into the metal.

Turnbull can bring all of these guns and more back to factory new condition, with, in most cases the original correct markings re-rolled into the metal, clean and sharp. Over the years they have accumulated a number of original dies from the original manufacturers, and it is almost scary just how “original” they can make a beat up old gun look. They will not, however, take an Italian or other replica gun and sand off the old markings to replace them with period correct markings. This would lead to a very confusing situation with possible Turnbull guns being sold as original guns, and there are also copyright issues even if they wanted to do such a thing.

lever+polish1 The guns that Turnbull Manufacturing now makes are made from purchased parts, in the white with no finish, and Turnbull works their magic on them to make them truly exceptional pieces of art. The lever gun receivers are custom CNC machined from one, consistent supplier, and the single action revolver frames come from U. S. Firearms, who make their own version of the famous Colt that is known for great quality. Turnbull does not do action jobs though, so if you want a gun that is both beautiful and competitive, you will have to also send it out to an action specialist. Just remember that rust solvents also remove traditional bluing, because it is in fact rust, so for working guns you need to be careful not to ruin them with the wrong chemical. Also keep in mind if you plan to cowboy shoot with these guns that sunlight, and UV rays, are about the only thing that damages case coloring, and it is tough to stay out of the sun cowboy shooting.

The costs involved with a Turnbull restoration may require a specific quote. They do have a price list on their website, but those are exact prices for disassembled, cleaned and polished parts. On an old grey Colt single action that has all working parts and doesn’t need anything, a typical simple bluing and case coloring, as well as grips will run you about $2,500. A working yet ugly Winchester levergun with the metal done, as well as the stock, is about $3,000. Replica guns, brand new from Uberti and others, that you want to transform to the original factory look run about $650, and leverguns about $1300. And though the 1911 was never issued with a case colored frame, the Turnbull 1911 re-furb, to case color the frame and charcoal blue the rest of the parts, very pretty, is $650. If you have a field grade L.C. Smith, Parker, Fox or other old shotgun, complete restorations are in the $3,000 range.

roll+die+machine21 The in-house engraver has an interesting variety of functions at Turnbull. They get in a lot of old higher grade shotguns, like a Parker DHE, and many of them are in terrible shape, pitted and worn from years of neglect. In these cases, where some of the guns need to be sanded a great deal to get out the pitting, their engraver can exactly replicate the engraving that was on the gun. They also have a bunch of original patterns from Colt, Winchester, Marlin and others of the factory engraving on higher grade guns. So you can upgrade your gun as part of the restoration. Custom patterns are available as well. And engraving, historically, is also something that almost always stays in the value of the gun and often multiplies in value. Not a ton of engraved guns exist in the world, and there will always be a good market for them from collectors and shooters alike.

Instant gratification is possible at Turnbull, but not with restorations, which do have that 12 month wait generally (notice that we repeated this 3 times so don’t complain in the comments when you call and are told this). They currently have some of their Ruger #1 Rifles in their own proprietary .475 Turnbull caliber. They are roughly $2,000, and are absolute things of beauty. The Ruger #1 didn’t exist in the late 1800s, so they were never a true buffalo rifle, or the first generation of African rifles, but since Ruger introduced their much loved falling block in 1967 it became an instant classic, and a favorite of American, African, and European hunters alike. The Turnbull #1 is made specifically for them by Ruger in .475 Turnbull, and the base cost is $1,100. Refinished with rich color case hardening and charcoal blue brings them up to $2,000.

assembly1 Both Hornady and RCBS make dies to reload the straight-walled Turnbull brass (probably made for them by Starline so good stuff), and they sell the unprimed brass for $175 per 100, very reasonable. Grizzly and Corbon both make loaded ammo for the gun. For bullets, Barnes makes a solid hardened copper and zinc solid for dangerous game, and a solid copper hollowpoint TSX for extreme expansion that was designed specifically for the .475 Turnbull. I found a lead bullet supplier, with gas checks and without for $30 per 100 at Montana Bullet Works, and they appear to get the gas check mold from Lead Bullet Technology (LBT). I also found a less expensive two cavity with several drive band options with no gas check at Mountain Molds. And wouldn’t you know it, there is actually a 325 grain gas check double cavity available from Lee for twenty bucks on Midway USA. They also have the gas checks available, and they have some pre-cast bullets with gas checks for sale as well. You would need the gas check for full snot loads in this powerhouse caliber, but I think that if you want to invest in one gun for a variety of purposes, this caliber could be downloaded to much less with wheel weight bullets for whitetails. We hope to get one of these Turnbull Ruger #1s in down the road to be able to get to actually shoot one.

From an investment perspective this gun is a steal. The Ruger #1 comes in and out of production and they almost always increase in value in the odd calibers. The Turnbull #1 is the kind of gun where someone just said, “this would be kinda neat,” and they actually followed through and made a bunch. Like all specialty guns, they WILL dry up, and when that happens I predict you will have to pay twice as much for one overnight, used. I’d love to see Turnbull take this caliber to some of the classic external hammer single shots, like the Sharps, Highwall and Rolling Block, but only the latter could probably handle the pressure. Getting this gun in and shooting it will be exciting. Nobody doesn’t like a #1.

engraving1 Restoring an old gun is a tough decision, but it truly becomes a legacy and family heirloom that you create yourself. And though Turnbull doesn’t encourage people to send a $100 gun in for a $2,000 restoration, to bring it back to factory new, plenty, and I mean plenty of people send them old hardware store double shotguns, .22 plinkers, and beat up old break tops to restore for children and grandchildren, A utility gun won’t retain the money you put in, but you will be passing along a family heirloom in the same condition it was originally purchased. What is the price of a legacy after all?

Classic Colts, Winchesters, Marlins and even double action pre-war Smith & Wessons and L.C. Smith or Parker shotguns will almost certainly retain the investment made in them with a Turnbull restoration, and the transformations you can see here in the pictures. Your old grey gun that your great grandfather brought home from the war, a gun you feel responsible not to get rid of, will turn into a gun you love to own, and that you will be proud to pass on to your heirs. Few things in life are a no brainer, but restoring an old grey and only marginally collectible gun with Turnbull is a no brainer. That is probably why they are backed up a year.

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Pimped Turnbull TAR-10 Sells for $136,024

SHOT Show Report: ‘Pimped’ Turnbull TAR-10 Sells for $136,024

Turbull TAR-10 Heritage tar10001a A “pimped-out” Turnbull Manufacturing TAR-10 (AR 10-platform) rifle shattered the all-time SHOT Show Auction record with a high bid of $136,024.00. Proceeds from the auction conducted last week will go to support the NSSF’s Hunting Heritage Trust. This unique Turnbull TAR-10, chambered in .308 Winchester, has features rarely seen on an AR-style rifle: color case-hardening, hand engraving, gold inlay, and select walnut “furniture”. The upper and lower are made from 8620 carbon steel that has been color case-hardened with the Turnbull bone charcoal process.

tar10001b Turbull TAR-10 Heritage The gun has been elaborately engraved by Adams and Adams, with extensive gold inlay. The butt-stock, fore-end, and pistol grip are select fancy walnut.

tar10003 Turbull TAR-10 Heritage tar10004 “We did our best to make this a very special rifle and we had hopes of beating the all-time record of $83,025.00, but we never imagined the bidding would surpass $100,000 and then soar to more than $136,000.00,” commented Doug Turnbull.

tar10006 Turbull TAR-10 Heritage “Our objective in creating the TAR-10 was to show that the AR platform is more than just a military rifle. We wanted to emphasize that these types of rifles can be made to look like any other custom rifle in terms of appeal,” commented Turnbull. The rifle, as sold, was equipped with a Zeiss 1.5-6x42mm Victory HT scope. Regular production Turnbull TAR-10 rifles will be the same as this special SHOT Show rifle minus the elaborate engraving and presentation-grade wood.

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Just Some of What’s Going On in the Shop at Turnbull

We receive a requests all the time through a this blog, Social Media and email asking for photos of “works in progress”. Sometimes it’s an anxious gun owner who wants to see his or her gun as it is transformed into something they can be proud of. Some of the requests come from gun enthusiasts that just love to see firearms restored to factory new condition, and then there are those “shop guys” that just love photos of anything shop/tool related. No matter which category you might fall into, here are some photos taken around the shop over the last couple of weeks, to give you a peek into the daily lives of all the craftsman here at Turnbull.

Where has 2014 gone?

Christmas and New Years are almost on top of us. That means Show season is fast approaching.

Turnbull Manufacturing will be displaying at the following shows.

Dallas Safari Club- January 15-18, 2015 Dallas, Texas- Booth #2510 &2511

ShotShow- January 20-23, 2015 Las Vegas, Nev.-Booth# 4160

Beinfelds Antique Arms Show- January 23-25, 2015 Las Vegas, Nev.

Safari Club International- February 4-7, 2015 Las Vegas, Nev.-Booth# 2455

NRA Great American Outdoors Show- February 7-15, 2015 Harrisburg, Pa.-Booth #708

The logistics involved even for a small company are amazing. Months before the shows we have to start planning.

What is our display going to look like?

How do we do two shows at the same time with only a few people?

Who is going to work at the shows?

Are we going to have new models to display?

How do we get everything to the shows?

The feverish activity will continue until the shows are done. Then comes the follow up. Contacting everyone that was interested in our products. Then building and shipping the guns that were sold at the shows.

This takes a lot of teamwork, meetings and discussions.

We will be sending photos from the shows and hoping we meet some of you at them.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing Showroom

If you find yourself, in the neighborhood, or up for a road trip to Bloomfield, NY make sure you stop by our showroom. You’ll always find a great selection of new, used and restored firearms for sale. While you’re at it you can check out just some of Doug’s trophies from past hunting trips.

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Marlin/Turnbull Guide Gun

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you will all be enjoying some fresh venison or wild Turkey at your Thanksgiving feast. We will all be out hunting in the morning before enjoying a hearty meal.

I wanted to share with you a few pictures of a rifle we built for one of our customers.

It started with a phone call last December, Tom called and said he would like a Marlin Guide gun, I suggested where he could buy one.  He immediately responded that he wanted a Turnbull gun, He wanted a custom stock and forend with 24 LPI checkering and a large loop lever, so he could wear gloves. His favorite round  is 45/70 and he didn’t want to worry about rust. We ended up finding  a  1895 SS Marlin Guide gun as a perfect base gun to begin this project.

In Preparation for building this gun we went through our highly figured stock blanks and picked out a 2x/3x candidate to make the stock and forend from.

The first thing we did after receiving the gun was to disassemble it.  We degreased all of the internal parts.

We took the original stock and placed it on our stock duplicator. This removes most of the excess wood from the stock and leaves a rough shaped blank with the general overall dimensions of the finished stock. We then hand finished the shaping of the stock, using a rasp and sandpaper. We also inlet the stock to the frame of the 1895. We also turned the new forend with the general dimensions and fit of a Winchester style forend, we  inlet and contoured this to fit the beefier Marlin receiver, barrel and mag tube.

When the wood was completely shaped and sanded it was then given to Ryan. He in turn hand checkered the Stock and forend in a traditional Marlin F pattern and finished the wood using the Turnbull proprietary stain and wood finish.

While this was going on Sam built a large lever loop to fit the gun. He used an aftermarket lever loop as a template and shaped the loop to look like a traditional large loop lever as done by Marlin.

At this point the gun was reassembled and the gun was test fired for function and accuracy.

The pictures above show the progression of the firearm. The last photos below show the end results.

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Turnbull to Appear on “How It’s Made”


Turnbull Restoration and Manufacturing of East Bloomfield, New York are set to appear on the The Science Channel’s show “How Its Made”. The two-part segment entitled “Firearms Restoration” follows the craftsman at Turnbull as the restore a Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle. Turnbull gunsmiths do a complete restoration on a vintage Winchester rifle which includes carving a new stock and forend, polishing and refinishing all of the metal parts using techniques employed by the original manufacturer more than 100 years ago. The segments will air at 9:00 PM EST on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Turnbull Mfg. Co. 1911 Commander – Limited Run – ONLY 4 REMAIN!

If you’ve wanted to purchase one of the Turnbull Restorations & Manufacturing Limited Edition Commander 1911, you might want to head over to because there are only 4 left!

Turnbull Commander RS (1)Turnbull Commander LS (1)

Turnbull Manufacturing Company is proud to announce a limited run of custom 1911 Commander type pistols.  The pistol is based on the 1920’s era appearance of the 1911 pistol, if there were a Commander size slide and frame in production at the time. The Turnbull Commander is a brand new design that incorporates classic designs, a combination of both traditional & modern materials and methods to bring historic looks alive with modern reliability and accuracy.  It is this seamless combination of the old and new that sets Turnbull apart. The pistol has a stainless steel 4.25″ barrel and bushing with a carbon steel frame, slide, hammer, trigger and grip safety.  The pistol features a Novak Tritium night sight.  It comes in .45 ACP with a 7 + 1 capacity in a traditional single stack magazine.  All components are manufactured in the USA.

Turnbull 1886 included in the Guns & Ammo ‘G&A Madness’

The Turnbull 1886 rifle has been selected to the 2nd annual “bracket” challenge similar to the NCAA Tournament bracket where America votes for their favorite guns. Guns & Ammo Bracket Challenge Seated at #7, the Turnbull 1886 goes up against the Mossberg MVP Flex. The color case hardened action, and the expertly finished American black walnut stocks should set this lever action apart from the field. Please show your support by voting here:

Turnbull Manufactuing Attends the Great American Outdoor Show

Doug Turnbull at the Great American Outdoor Show

Doug Turnbull at the Great American Outdoor Show

The Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA has indeed been a celebration of hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions!  This four hour trip to attend the show was one that we could not miss out on. Many friends and customers have stopped by to view our newly manufactured firearms, as well as our recently restored originals. If you are in the area, or looking to make plans to attend, the show runs through February 9th.  We will have several varations of our Turnbull Model 1911, our TAR-15, and our Turnbull 1886 on display.

Turnbull Deluxe 1911 Classic Raises $36,025 at SHOT Show 2014 Auction for Heritage Trust

Doug Turnbull receives a plaque honoring Turnbull Manufacturing’s contribtutions to the Hunting Heritage Trust Auctions from Bob Delfay.

Doug Turnbull receives a plaque honoring Turnbull Manufacturing’s contribtutions to the Hunting Heritage Trust Auctions from Bob Delfay.

Doug Turnbull, founder and CEO of Turnbull Manufacturing has announced that the first Deluxe Model 1911 Classic pistol – serial number 1911001 – raised over $36,000 at the 2014 SHOT Show auction to raise finds for the all important Hunting Heritage Trust. Working with Bob Delfay from the trust for the second year, the Turnbull pistol was selected as the 2014 SHOT Show Auction handgun. This is the second year that Turnbull has been a large part of the Auction. In 2013, the Auction featured the first production model of the very popular TAR-10 rifle, which is a highly detailed and inlayed rifle built on the AR platform. That gun raised $136,024, yielding a 2 year Auction total of over $172,000 for the Trust, which supports and promotes the American traditions of hunting and the shooting sports. “We at Turnbull could not be prouder of the funds our guns raised and our continuing work with Bob Delfay to further the Trust’s activities,” said CEO and founder Doug Turnbull. “Bob’s work is essential to the promotion and protection of our heritage and we are beyond happy to be part of his work.” The Turnbull Classic 1911 is modeled on the look and feel of the 1911 pistol as it was manufactured in 1918, which is the classic look that all 1911 shooters feel is the essence of the pistol. The Classic is manufactured using Turnbull’s unique combination of modern materials and safety features and methods that were used when the 1911 was first in production in the last century. The Classic features a forged frame, wide spur magazine, competition level trigger group, hand checkered grips and comes with 2 magazines. The frame is blued using the traditional charcoal bluing method that produces the deep, lustrous blue that 1911 shooters are familiar with as well as a stronger frame overall and carries Doug Turnbull’s inspector’s mark. The model auctioned off at the 36th annual SHOT Show was custom engraved for the Auction featuring scroll engraving and gold inlay. Serial number 1911001 (1911, number 001) indicates that this is the first Turnbull 1911 Classic production model to be completed.
Shot Show 1911 RS

Turnbull Deluxe 1911 Classic – Serial Number 1911001

Turnbull is known globally for the ability to take even the most damaged collectible gun and return it to its original look, feel and function. They also have new production firearms that incorporate the same quality look and feel as the collectibles they are famous for restoring. The Hunting Heritage Trust presented Doug Turnbull with a photo and plaque recognizing Turnbull’s contribution to both the trust and the shooting sports. Bob Delfay, President of the Trust, said, “Doug Turnbull and Turnbull Manufacturing have provided exemplary support for America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage through donation of two of their superb firearms to the SHOT Show Auction program. Auction of these highly desirable Turnbull firearms have provided outstanding support for efforts to foster our hunting and shooting traditions for future generations.” “We at Turnbull are appreciative of the recognition and thrilled that our guns were able to support Bob and the Hunting Heritage Trust,” responded Turnbull. “If you had told me just 10 years ago that I would be receiving an honor from Bob and the Trust I would have probably laughed. Today, I am deeply honored on behalf of all of us at Turnbull to have been able to lend a hand and for the recognition.” The SHOT Show Auction is administered by the Hunting Heritage Trust for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). All proceeds from the auction will benefit programs to further America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage. NSSF has long stood as the American firearms industry’s trade association. While SHOT Show is the most visible and best known of NSSF’s functions, the organization is active year round promoting and defending the hunting and shooting sports. Please visit for more on both the organization and the Hunting Heritage Trust.2014Auction Entering their 4th decade, Turnbull Manufacturing has maintained a strong commitment to building firearms the way they used to be built. Founder and CEO Doug Turnbull is best known for his mottled color case hardening which stands out as the most striking and unique. Turnbull offers other reproductions as well as a full array of the finest and most respected restoration services in the shooting trade. Please visit us at for more information.

Turnbull Announces Limited 2014 Turnbull Commander Custom 1911 .38 Super Pistol

Turnbull Manufacturing today is proud to announce a very limited run of a redesigned and updated custom 1911 Commander type pistol, designed for the Trop Gun Shop. The pistol is based on the classic early 20th century appearance of the 1911 pistol, if there were a Commander size slide and frame in production at the time.
Turnbull Commander Custom 1911 .38 Super

Turnbull Commander Custom 1911 .38 Super

“Our collaboration with Trop last year was very successful and produced an amazing pistol,” said CEO Doug Turnbull when asked about the frame design, “so it was only natural to create an updated and redesigned pistol with them for 2014. The Commander remains the all time favorite version of Browning’s masterpiece. We took the earlier design and simply made it even better.” The pistol has a stainless steel 4.25 inch barrel and bushing with a carbon steel frame, slide, trigger, hammer and grip safety. The pistol features Eliason style rear sights. The new Commander will only be available in .38 Super with a 7+1 capacity in a traditional single stack magazine. All components are manufactured in the USA. The frame has the deep, lustrous charcoal blue finish that 1911 shooters look for as a mark of quality. The slide, trigger and hammer are also blued via the original charcoal style. The trigger is carved from a single piece of steel for stability. The grips on this work of shooting art American Black Walnut with double diamond pattern hand checkering. Other features of this instant classic pistol include a beavertail grip safety designed with the same look as the original, but using the most modern techn0logy, a Commander style hammer and the Doug Turnbull inspector stamp that marks the pistol as a work of gunsmithing art. Each one of these new Commanders comes with a pair of 2-tone magazines. The Turnbull Commander has a retail price of $2,599 and there will only be limited production. They are exclusively available through Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown, PA. “As we started to plan for 2014, the good folks at Trop suggested we repeat our success,” noted Turnbull of the collaboration. “Once we began to talk, it became apparent that we were designing a new version of that pistol. The result is a gun I am proud to put my personal stamp on.” The Turnbull Commander is a brand new design that incorporates classic designs, a combination of both traditional and modern materials and methods to bring historic looks alive with modern reliability and accuracy. It is this seamless combination of the old and new that sets Turnbull apart. Trop Gun Shop is located at 910 North Hanover St. Elizabethtown, PA 17022. The phone number is 717-367-5585 and their web address is Turnbull is known globally for the ability to take even the most damaged collectible gun and return it to its original look, feel and function. They also have new production firearms that incorporate the same quality look and feel as the collectibles they are famous for restoring. Entering their 4th decade, Turnbull Manufacturing has maintained a strong commitment to building firearms the way they used to be built. Founder and CEO Doug Turnbull is best known for his mottled color case hardening which stands out as the most striking and unique. Turnbull offers other reproductions as well as a full array of the finest and most respected restoration services in the shooting trade. Please visit us at more information.

The 2014 Show Season is Underway

The first show of the New Year took us to the Dallas Safari Club Convention in Dallas, Texas. This gathering brought an international organization of hunters, conservationalists and wildlife enthusiasts together. We brought a number of restored originals as well as a handful of our newly manufactured firearms which included the Turnbull Model 1886, Turnbull Model 1911, Turnbull Commander, and the Turnbull TAR-15. Although we were located in a different section of the show this year, many people sought us out to admire our restored firearms and to view our Turnbull firearms in person. There was a considerable amount of interest in our restored firearms, particularly the Winchester lever actions and the Colt 1911. Turnbull Manufacturing Company’s craftsman have a great reputation for restoring vintage firearms back to their original condition using the same techniques that were perfected over 100 years ago. As always, we enjoy visiting with our customers, meeting potential new ones and simply meeting the people that appreciate our work.


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Turnbull Mfg. Company Introduces the Turnbull TAR-10 Rifle

Turnbull TAR-10 Rifle

As one of the premier builders of quality rifles today, Turnbull Mfg. Co. is pleased to announce their latest project, a carbon steel 308 semi-automatic rifle. Turnbull Mfg. Co. has recently entered the 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) rifle market with the introduction of their TAR-10 308. The basic design of the 308 follows the proven AR10/AR15 system design. The TAR-10 308 shares several operational parts with the AR15, but the majority of its components are scaled up to accommodate the larger .308 Winchester cartridge. The purpose of the TAR-10 308 is to deliver more power to the target, and at longer range, than is possible with the 5.56mm cartridge. The .308 Winchester has traditionally been the cartridge of choice for most military and police marksmen. The TAR-10 308 is a gas operated semi-auto that locks with a rotating bolt. It comes supplied with a 10 round and a 4 round detachable magazine. Unlike most of the competition, the TAR-10 is built of steel and color case hardened using Turnbull’s proprietary finish. The receiver is made from a 8620 billet, with the upper and lower halves attached in the AR style. The upper receiver has a built-in high rise picatinny rail sight platform, eliminating the need for special scope risers. The pistol grip buttstock and forend are American walnut. As is typical of the AR platform, the gun can be configured in a multitude of different styles. Anyone familiar with the AR15 rifle will be right at home with the TAR-10 308. The TAR-10 308 is a fine weapon for those desiring a quality long range precision rifle. It allows accurate placement of shots and a higher sustained rate of fire than a comparable bolt or lever action rifle. Prices start at $4,995.  For additional information or to place an order, please contact Bob Chipman at 585-657-6338 Features & Specifications ● .308 Win/7.62 NATO ● Overall length is 38.25” ● Barrel length is 16.5” ● Rifling: 1 turn in 10” [25.4cm]; R.H. twist/6 grooves & lands ● 13 lbs without magazine ● 16” fluted 4150 chrome moly-vanadium barrel with screw on muzzle brake ● Carbine gas system for smoother recoil ● Premium American Walnut forend, pistol grip ● Color case hardened steel lower and flat top upper with high picatinny rail ● MOE ™ trigger guard for gloved finger ● Turnbull Mfg. Co. uses DPMS & Bushmaster barrels and other components in this AR ● Ships in lockable hard case, operator’s safety manual and 4 and 10 round magazine ● Photograph shows optional scope

Turnbull Mfg. Co. Travels to Texas Motor Speedway

This past weekend, Turnbull Manufacturing Company traveled to Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500 to participate in the 3rd year of being the provider of commemorative firearms to the Sprint Cup race winners. On Friday, Martin Truex Jr. took home the Marlin Model 1895 rifle, that was finished by Turnbull Mfg. Co., for the #56 Napa Auto Parts team with the fastest qualifying time. Greg Biffle and the #16 3M team added to their collection of Turnbull firearms with a win that scored them the pair of six shooters by Turnbull Manufacturing Company.

Turnbull Mfg. Co. offers Ruger Vaquero with Turnbull finishes

Turnbull Mfg. Co. is pleased to announce their latest special, a Ruger Vaquero with your choice of color case hardening and charcoal blue finish, or one with our newest finish – carbona bronze.  The color case hardened/charcoal blue model is available only 44 special with your choice of 3-3/4″ or 4-5/8″ barrel.  $799.00 plus shipping to your FFL. The carbona bronze model is available only in 44 special with a 4-5/8″ barrel. $849 plus shipping to your FFL. This offer won’t last long, and supplies are limited! (These special prices are no longer available… Please call for current pricing)

Ruger Vaquero with color case hardening and charcoal blue finishes

Ruger Vaquero with Carbona Bronze Finish

Turnbull Mfg. Co gives away firearms at Texas Motor Speedway

This past weekend, Turnbull Manufacturing Company completed their second season giving firearms away at Texas Motor Speedway. 

Tony Stewart firing off the Turnbull Mfg. Co. revolvers

On Friday after qualifying, Doug Turnbull presented Greg Biffle and the #16 team with a Turnbull Model 1886 rifle. On Sunday, after the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, Doug Turnbull presented the winner, Tony ‘Smoke’ Stewart and the #14 team, with a pair of Turnbull Mfg. Company custom revolvers.  Tony fired off the guns ‘Texas-Style’ before he was presented with his trophy. Congratulations to both Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart for being the latest NASCAR drivers to win our guns!

Turnbull Manufacturing’s New Catalog

Turnbull Manufacturing is pleased to announce the arrival of their latest catalog. Our new catalog features 38 pages of restored firearms – including Winchester, Marlin, Parker, L. C. Smith, Fox, Colt, and Ithaca just to name a few. Our new catalog also features many pages of our custom work, upgrades and newly manufactured firearms including the Turnbull Model 1886.  To view the catalog or request one of your own, please go to our Publications page.

Doug Turnbull attends the Tony Stewart 'Smoke Show'


The Tony Stewart Stewart ‘Smoke Show’ took place at Texas Motor Speedway this past August.   This event is a way for people to experience a day in the life of a Sprint Cup driver.  The day is full – starting with a driver’s meeting, driver introductions, parade laps, and time behind the wheel driving a replica racecar around the track at top speeds.  Participants then received a ride of a lifetime with Tony himself.  After the racing was said and done, everyone gathered in Victory Lane for a celebration that included firing the famous six shooters that Turnbull Manufacturing built. The day was concluded with a dinner and an auction in which Turnbull Manufacturing donated a custom and one of a kind ‘Smoke Show’ Turnbull Model 1886 rifle. The rifle featured flames carved into the buttstock and forend, and engraving that included the logos of ‘Smoke Show’, Texas Motor Speedway, and Speedway Children’s Charities.  The engraving was finished off with Tony Stewarts signature, the star of Texas and the outline of the state of Texas. Speedway Children’s Charities was founded to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in an effort to help them live produtive lives. Doug is looking forward to participating in next years event.

Turnbull Manufacturing Co. Model 1886

Turnbull Manufacturing Company is proud to announce their latest project: A true reproduction of an original Model 1886, a John Moses Browning duplicate, with 100% interchangeable parts.  Standard chamber is in either .45-70 or .45-90, but for an additional charge other factory chambers are available as well as the .475 Turnbull and 50-110.  The 26” full octagon barrel and full length magazine tube are rust blued.  The receiver, hammer, lever, forend carp and crescent butt plate are all finished in Turnbull’s period-correct Color Case Hardening, while the small parts are charcoal blued.   The rear sight is a flat top style with a 1/16” diameter brass bead front sight.  Field grade walnut stocks are finished just as their restorations.  Many upgrades are available for you to customize this to your fondness.  Your Model 1886 rifle will look just as it would have went it left the factory in the 19th century.  Prices start at $2,650.00 To order your Turnbull Mfg. Co. Model 1886, contact Turnbull Mfg. Co. at 585-657-6338, or send an email to

Reproduction of the Meldrum Colt

Turnbull Manufacturing Company had an opportunity recently to embellish a TMC Open Range Revolver for James D. Julia, Inc. The end result was a faithful reproduction of the Meldrum Colt which will be for display at a regional historical museum. The beginning stages of this project started after the conclusion of the March 2010 James Julia Auction. The highlight of the auctioned Colts was the fabulous and gold inlaid single action inscribed “From The Tomboy Gold Mine Co. Lt’d / Telluride Colo to Rob’t. D. Meldrum.” Meldrum spend much of his life as a deputy sheriff, but also worked for the Pinkertons as a guard and as a covert Pinkerton operator while in the employ of the Tomboy Gold Mine Co. He also worked for the Colorado Cattleman’s Association and like his good friend Tom Horn, was essentially a hired gun. He was a small man of only 140 pounds, but hard as nails, with a mean streak. He is purported to have killed over 14 men in his lifetime, most in the line of duty (two were unarmed). Around the turn of the century, The Tomboy Mining Company was having a great problem with organizers who were attempting to get the miners to go on strike. It’s not known what Meldrum did for the Tomboy Mining Company, but one thing is for sure, they were exceedingly grateful. Because of the cost, only 16 Colt revolvers were ever produced with gold inlay. Only two of these were inscribed and presented, and this was one of them. This lavish gun was certainly payment for some very valuable service. The pistol had an intriguing history. Not only was the former nefarious owner historically significant, but the guns most recent provenance was also quite intriguing. A considerable amount of interest was expressed in the piece, and it finally sold at the auction for $258,750.

Bringing a Colt Bisley back to life

One of our latest restoration projects includes this Colt Bisley that started life back on June 5th, 1903 when it was shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company in Chicago, Illinois. Our customer is an amateur collector of firearms with a newfound love of the Bisley Model. This is the fourth firearm that we have restored for him – others have included a 1st Generation Colt SAA, a Colt 1911 manufactured in 1914 that was carried by a relative of his in WWI, and the third a Colt Bisley. When we asked our customer about this current project, he explained that there was only “one source” that he would go to for his restoration projects. His experience with us “has been a pinnacle of professionalism, courtesy, extensively knowledgeable of the firearms they are restoring, and possessing near unbelievable craftsmanship skills.” Bringing this Colt Bisley back to its original condition (with the addition of fancy walnut grips) will include a new barrel, cylinder, cylinder bushing and base pin, and new two piece fancy walnut grips. We will fit and polish all parts, restore all markings and then apply our signature color case hardening, charcoal bluing and nitre bluing on the appropriate parts. Currently the gun being fit for those fancy walnut grips…. Stayed tuned for another update as well as more pictures.

The 2011 Tradeshow Season Begins With a New Look for Turnbull Manufacturing

This year we are excited to start the new year with a new look for the tradeshows, starting with those happening out west.  We have designed and built six new displays for our booths at the Dallas Safari Club, Antique Arms Show and the Safari Club International shows taking place this month. Doug left with these new displays, loaded in a trailer on the back of his truck, on Sunday to start the first leg of the trip in Dallas, Texas for the Dallas Safari Club show which starts on Thursday.  Our new displays are made of steel and feature an incline with a grungy background for the guns to be laid out for easy viewing.  Each display will also include new banners featuring some of our latest projects and restorations.  If you get a chance to attend any of these shows, we hope that you’ll stop at our booth to let us know what you think.  For those of you that won’t get a chance to visit us there, we’ll have some pictures to post in the coming days.

Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA 500 Race weekend

We just recently returned back from our trip to Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA 500 Race weekend – November 5th-7th..  One thing we learned this trip is that Texans really do things “BIG”. More about that later… Doug arrived on Thursday, November 4th and had an opportunity to participate in the Sam Hornish, Jr. Celebrity Bowling Match.  There were many celebrities there including Sam Hornish, Jr., Rutledge Wood, and Kurt Busch to name a few.  They also had a chance to catch up with some friends/customers that they had met at the Tony Stewart “Smoke Show” back in August. After a few interviews with local television and radio stations, they met up with the rest of the crew from Turnbull Mfg. that arrived on Friday afternoon.  We all went to the track to get ready to watch qualifying.  We all had our own personal favorite drivers that we were hoping to be able to present our custom rifle to for the pole award.  And, as a matter of fact, one of us lucked out because Elliott Sadler won the pole award for the first time in three years.  Elliott is a huge fan of hunting so the pole award prize, a custom built Turnbull Manufactured Model 1886 Take Down, that was awarded to him was very fitting for Elliott and Turnbull Manufacturing. During the Truck race that evening, we headed down for an interview with Jeff, a weatherman from KTXA 21. While we were wrapping up the interview, we learned that Guy Fieri and Mario Batali were to arrive at any moment for their interview with Jeff.  We all got to meet the both of them quickly before they were rushed off to their next appearance at the Camping World Truck Series Race. On Saturday, we watched Carl Edwards take the checkered flag at the Nationwide Series race.  After the race, we met up with a customer of ours who has several campsites within the infield.  Adam Mize and his friends entertained us before a few of us went over to the Asphalt Chef Competition at the Lone Star Tower Clubhouse.  This competition featured Guy Fieri, Mario Batali and Tim Love cooking Texas style cuisine. On race day, before the race, we attended the drivers meeting, watched Willie Nelson perform the pre-race show and then presented the pole award to Elliott Sadler during driver introductions.  During that presentation, Turnbull Manufacturing’s logo was on the jumbo tron for all to see. While the race was going on, we met up again with Adam Mize at his condo, just off of turn 2 and that’s where we experienced “BIG”.  Adam invited us all up for the biggest and best tasting rib eye steaks ever.  His chef, Isaac, made the most amazing lunch for us, providing us with our fuel for the rest of the day’s activities.  We then went back to our suite to watch some more of the race.  With 40 laps to go we decided to head down to pit row so we could be ready to get to Victory lane to present the pistols to the race winner.  The race winner was a familiar face for TMC.  Denny Hamlin won the race and another set of Turnbull Mfg pistols.  Denny, once again, fired off the pistols “Texas Style”. Our trip this November was amazing.  We were welcomed by everyone that works at the race track, customers and friends that we have met along the way, as well as the NASCAR community.  We look forward to next year’s races in 2011.

Turnbull’s Metal Engraving Work

Scroll design engraved by Tom McArdle

Tom McArdle is Turnbull Mfg. Co.’s in house metal engraver. Tom has been engraving for 17 years and has been doing the engraving work at Turnbull for 6 years. He learned the craft at Montgomery Community College in North Carolina on the GI Bill while taking night classes. He was originally enrolled in their gunsmithing program but switched to engraving after seeing the beautiful engraving work the students were able to produce after only one year of training.

Turnbull Mfg. Co. Metal Engraving Tools

Turnbull Mfg. Co. Metal Engraving Tools

 Tom uses a traditional hammer and chisel or other hand pushed tool along with a magnifying glass to do a lot of the engraving. This is the same technique that has been used for hundreds of years. At times he uses  air powered tools, which have become popular in the industry in the last 30 years. When using the air powered tool he must still direct it by hand. The pneumatic tool provides a very clean cut and is most often used on modern pieces. When restoring older firearms it is important that they have an authentic look. In these cases he would use the traditional hammer and chisel method. None of the engraving work at Turnbull is done by computer programming.  The engraving work done at Turnbull is meant to last for several hundred years. The amount of wear on the engraving depends on a few factors. First is the delicacy of the engraving, finer more intricate designs will wear away quicker than simpler designs. The placement of the design on the firearm also determines how long the engraving will last. Finally how often the firearm is used and handled will play a factor into how well the piece will age.

Example of Tom's lettering work

Tom’s favorite projects to work on are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. He enjoys doing lettering work which is a relatively short project and he also likes to experiment with new designs and use his creativity however it is rare that he has the opportunity to do experimental work. Tom likes to work on lettering because it is extremely difficult to engrave letters that are high quality. People see perfect lettering every day and any mistake in the engraving is easily detected.

Tony Stewart Smoke Show

Custom Turnbull Revolvers

Custom Turnbull Mfg. Co. Revolvers for the Smoke Show

On August 17th we attended the Tony Stewart Smoke Show at the Texas Motor Speedway, to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. The charity was founded to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medial need in an effort to help them live productive lives. We donated two custom revolvers engraved with Tony Stewart’s signature and Speedway Children’s Charities logo for the charity’s auction. We are very pleased to say that the pair of revolvers raised $35,000 for the charity! All together the auction raised $250,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities.  We both had the opportunity to drive 10 laps at the Texas Motor Speedway and ride with Tony Stewart in a Sprint Cup Series car. Doug got up to 136 MPH . The event also included a personalized fire suit and helmet that we were able to take home. After participants had the chance to race around the track in a stock car they celebrated by shooting off our Turnbull Mfg. Co. custom revolvers in Victory Lane. Turnbull Custom Revolvers Following the racing was a question and answer dinner for 200 people featuring Tony Stewart.  The dinner and Speedway Children’s Charities auction was held at the House of Blues in Dallas. Auction items included autographed NASCAR memorabilia, and the Turnbull Mfg. Co. custom revolvers.  After dinner musical entertainment was provided by the Goo Goo Dolls. This event was an amazing experience for us. We are already looking forward to attending next year. Tony Stewart Smoke Show Pictures