Doug Turnbull

Drive History – Doug’s Ride of a Lifetime at Historic Watkins Glen International

Indy Racing Experience Watkins Glen International September 1 2017

Doug is all smiles after his ride.

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!”

Thanks to his friend Mike Henry, Doug got to do just that on September 1st when Indy Racing Experience (IRE) pulled into town as part of the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen.

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Taking Time to Take in New Views: Doug’s Summer 2017 Air Adventures

Doug Turnbull flying over the red rocks of south east Colorado

“If you have time to spare, you go by air.”

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.

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Turnbull would like to Thank RIMES group!!

IMG_9203Turnbull would like to say thank you to the RIMES group for coming in and touring our facility.  We would like to especially thank Don Miller, Ken Nelson and Don Allis for heading up the event.  

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 ( or John Gligora ( at 585-657-6338 for more information.

IMG_9234Pictures 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 ( 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.


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.

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 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.

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.


Next stop – SHOT SHOW! To view our current show schedule:

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 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.

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.

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

Turnbull on the Road: IndyCar Race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX

Our most recent trip took us to the IndyCar Race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth Thursday, June 3 through Saturday June 5. Another great time in Texas for us with hunting, racing, and more! The Thursday we arrived, Doug participated in a pig hunt where he shot a pig with a 475 Turnbull. You may have seen the photos on Turnbull Mfg.’s Facebook page… Ryan fired off Turnbull pistols in the winner’s circle. We got to meet Roger Penske, owner of the Penske Team that Ryan drives for. Check out some pictures on our Facebook page. Check out photos from our trip to the IndyCar Race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Turnbull Manufacturing Romances Texas Motor Speedway

If you are anything like me, you love NASCAR!

http://www.texas.speedwaycharities.orgBack 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 oth
er 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!

Go Tony!