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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.

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 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. 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 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.

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.

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.

Turnbull Manufacturing – New Name… Same Great Company

Doug Turnbull Restoration, Inc. has officially changed its name to Turnbull Mfg. Co., Inc. as of April 1, 2010. The name change reflects a shift in Turnbull’s operations where they are now manufacturing many lines of new firearms that are exact replicas of many of the vintage model guns that they are renowned for restoring.

Given their reputation as a world leader in the vintage firearms market, Turnbull Manufacturing has been sought out by several other gun manufacturers to provide their signature color case hardening, bluing and other sophisticated finishes for limited edition and collectible vintage style firearms. Turnbull can provide finishing work done through the original processes and have them appear better than the originals.

Turnbull Manufacturing Company also has their own lines of manufactured vintage firearms which include Winchester-style rifles, Colt-style single action revolvers and their .470 and .475 Turnbull rifles widely used for big game hunting. Turnbull manufactured firearms offer modern ballistic performance while retaining vintage firearm appearances – affording today’s hunters the ability to “shoot history” with improved accuracy.