So what’s a vintage gun restorer from Bloomfield, New York supposed to do when his friend and customer calls up and asks if he’d like to ride with American racing legend Mario Andretti? Well, you put everything down and say “see you at The Glen!”Read Story
“If you’re not willing to travel at 15 to 20 miles an hour, you better find a different mode of transportation.”
When flying your own Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser across the country, speed of motion doesn’t always translate to speed of travel. And when you relish the freedom of exploration and seeing things in different ways, this suits Doug Turnbull just fine.Read Story
The tour started with a fantastic speech by our Owner and CEO Doug Turnbull, where he described how Turnbull Manufacturing made its roots and how we got to where we are today. From there, people were able to walk through the production floor to see how each step of a restoration and gun manufacturing takes place. Turnbull staff members, Doug Turnbull, John Gligora and Sam Chappell, explained the process that takes place at each work station and showed examples of actual work that is currently in production. Each of the Turnbull staff members was able to field specific questions that visitors had, to better explain how and what goes on here and at each step of the process. Many visitors were able to share their experiences and ask questions about guns they are or have built, making this a great learning opportunity for both visitors and us. At the end of the tour, the RIMES group, led by Ken Nelson, Don Miller and Don Allis, treated the Turnbull staff to a very nice Dinner at Mickey Finns, who did a fantastic job with the event.
As well as offering tours of our facility, Turnbull is more than happy to offer companies, or individuals, the opportunity to have a series of Turnbull Model 1911 handguns custom made, when you purchase 25 or more. As part of the customization, we will come out and sit down with you and or your company, to help design a custom gun, just for you or your company. Some custom options include custom engraving patterns, company logos, custom serial numbers and personalized/initialed guns. If anyone has interest in this offer, please contact Tracy Halpin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Gligora (email@example.com) at 585-657-6338 for more information.
Pictures of this event are available, at no cost, for anyone who would like them. For more information about the event or pictures of the event, please contact Aaron Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 585-657-6338.
Again, thank you to everyone who attended the tour, we hope you had a great time, and hope to see everyone again real soon.
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.
Back in August of 2007 I was watching my favorite driver Tony Stewart win the race at Texas Motor Speedway and shooting off a gun in Victory Lane! (I’ll add the gun was not as beautiful as a Turnbull manufactured firearm.)
I immediately fired off a letter (pun intended) to the folks at Texas Motor Speedway singing praises of Turnbull Manufacturing. Along with the letter, I sent a custom made pen holder and Turnbull catalog. To my dismay, I got no response!
I shot off another package to yet another in the chain of command at Texas Motor Speedway – same sweet package with the letter, catalog and pen holder. Still no response. I have already made the decision Turnbull Manufactured Firearms need to be in victory lane, so I continue my pursuit.
Third package sent out with the same goods, but to yet another person at Texas Motor Speedway. This time I get a phone call. I was told to “stop being a pain”, and “they got the message loud and clear”. I was further informed they were under contract with another company who was providing the Victory Lane firearms. I wasn’t giving up…
I continued to send emails, letters and each newly printed Turnbull catalog as they were released to this third contact over the years. I followed up in 2009 to see if that “other vendor” still had a contract, and again to my dismay they had just renewed.
Did I mention I had already decided that Turnbull Manufactured firearms were meant to be in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway? I wasn’t about to give up hope.
March 8, 2010 my phone rings… I’m getting ready to leave for a gun show in Germany and the voice on the other end of the line asked “can you help us?” I don’t think I need to tell you who that was. If you’ve seen the news and you’re a fan of ours on Facebook, then you already know that Turnbull Manufacturing is providing the Pole Trophy and Victory Lane Firearms for the 2010 racing season at Texas Motor Speedway – starting with the Samsung Mobile 500 race this weekend.
We’ll be there with these custom manufactured and custom engrave firearms. I’d love to hand Tony Stewart these 45 Colt revolvers to fire in Victory Lane!
I wanted to provide a quick update on our visit to the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany, our first time at this show. I had a great time over there and met so many interesting people. The language barrier was a bit of a hindrance as this show draws a good share of visitors from five European countries surrounding Germany. But hey, hunters are hunters, and collectors are collectors, the world over.
For being our first time in Europe, it was fascinating to have three to five people a day come up to us who knew us and were familiar with our work. What makes this so interesting is that we have not really penetrated the European market much because there is a huge disparity in gun laws among the countries that governs what and how many firearms a person can own. One of our roadblocks as a company is that we can’t sell direct so any sale needs to be orchestrated through an exporter and importer, with a myriad of paperwork throughout the process, which can add considerable cost.
So we learned a lot each day about the various laws that govern collecting and hunting. One of the things we learned from hunters from France is how huge a sport pig harvesting is. It’s like deer hunting for us here in the States.
We also learned how jealous the Europeans are of us Americans in that we can own a variety of and numerous firearms and the vast opportunities we have for hunting. The Europeans definitely have a big interest in the lever action rifles, the single action revolvers and the entire “wild west” theme. There was also considerable interest in both our restoration work and manufactured “vintage” firearms.
Although the Nuremberg show was a bit expensive to participate in, we do plan on returning to IWA next year. I think it will take us a few years to get established in Europe and build our relationships. In the meantime, we can start planning on how to streamline the necessary processes to easily enable our European friends to … shoot history!
Oh and yes, Nuremberg was a blast (in spite of our limited free time there).
Meet the Sindorf boys
While I talked to thousands of avid gun collectors and hunters at the IWA show a few weeks back, we were surprised, amazed and grateful for a visit by two brothers from the Netherlands whom we have done business with several times, but never actually met.
So when they read online that we were coming to the IWA show, they decided it was time for a meet and greet, and drove six hours from Holland to Nuremberg to visit us. Needless to say, I was honored.
Like us, Stef and Clark Sindorf know all about quality restoration work, and taking something old and making it better than when it was built new. Their niche – heavy construction equipment. And like you and me, in their free time, the Sindorf brothers like guns – both collecting and for hunting.
They particularly like restored rifles from the late 1800s with new barrels. They want the old look but with modern ballistic performance. For the Sindorfs, there is another driving factor in their gun selection criteria – Holland’s gun laws. Firearms that pre-date 1898 are not regulated as more modern firearms are, and as such, a person can own as many as they want.
They followed up our IWA visit with an e-mail regarding their latest purchase with this quote.
“The antique restored firearms that we have purchased from Doug Turnbull Restoration Inc., are some of the finest firearms which we have ever owned. Their outstanding quality and craftsmanship is second to none and their kind service is greatly appreciated! Once more we would like to thank everybody from the Turnbull team for all their efforts! The 45-70 Winchester 1886 we recently purchased really is FANTASTIC! We are very pleased with it! Best regards Stef & Clark Sindorf from Holland.”
They truly love the guns we have provided them and getting to talk with Stef and Clark in person was a great occasion for us. Shoot history guys!
Complemented by a hand-checkered walnut stock, the Turnbull Model 1886 rifle features the Winchester No. 10-style engraving. Other features include a 22 inch rust-blued octagon barrel, bone-charcoal case-colored receiver and the special serial number “SCI 2010.” Delivered in a canvas and leather luggage case, the Turnbull rifle comes with forty rounds of ammunition.
The Turnbull Model 1886 rifle sold at the SCI auction for $ 6,500. This money, along with the proceeds from the sale of other auctioned firearms, will benefit SCI’s Auction Program, a major source of funding in the fight to conserve wildlife resources and habitat, and protect people’s freedom to hunt.
Checkout SCI Auctions. Day and night, the auctioneer gavel keeps falling on dream hunts and hunter-preferred items from around the world — all to fuel SCI’s hunter advocacy and wildlife conservation efforts.