We see it often. You’ve come into possession of an old rifle, handgun or shotgun, and it’s now sitting idly in your safe. Perhaps it was passed down to you by a relative. Perhaps you or a family member were active in hunting or shooting sports years ago. This is a common occurrence, so if this is you, you’re not alone.
Today we’ll view a few immaculately preserved color case hardened firearms from the late 1800s and early 1900s compared to the restorations we’ve completed on the same models.
We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our color case hardening is as authentic as it can be. We are proud of the work we do and the connection we have to the original master gunmakers of the turn of the century.
It's a theme that comes up time and time again when helping our customers understand the ins and outs of restoring their gun (or not, as the case may be): It's for the memories. One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is helping keep these memories...
Originally Produced in 1995, Turnbull Restoration’s Introduction to Metal Preparation has become the industry reference point for preparing metal firearm parts for proper restoration and finishing. With the recent introduction of Turnbull Finished Services, which offers customers the opportunity to send in their new gun parts for traditional finishes, the 25-year-old video’s content is as relevant as ever.
Ever wonder what inspires someone to become a gunsmith? What skills are most important in gunsmithing in general and gun restoration in particular? We’re glad our friends at Numrich Gun Parts Corp. are curious about this as well,taking the time to interview two of our gunsmiths.
Looking over your collection of lever guns and single action revolvers you may often ask yourself, “Are any of these classics worth restoring?” Perhaps what’s really being asked is, “What’s the true value of preserving this piece of history, with all of the stories and mysteries embedded in its wood and steel?”
Our own Doug Turnbull provided some insight for author Tom Keer’s recent piece about what NOT to do with your firearms! Plenty of practical tips here, which we encourage you to check out on OutdoorLife.com.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been five years since the first airing of our spot on “How it’s Made”. We’re taking this opportunity to re-share the episode, and once again extend our gratitude to the good folks at the Science Channel for including us on their show a half-decade ago.
Many, many thanks go out to the good folks at Field & Stream, including photographer Andrew Hetherington, Photography Director John Toolan, writer David E. Petzal, and Executive Editor David Hurteau. They connected with us in late 2018 to produce a wonderful photo essay on our firearm restoration process. You’ll find their piece in the April/May 2019 issue of Field & Stream.