What’s Happening in the Firearm Industry – May 2016

With all the gun related news and information out there, it can be hard to stay up to date.  Here is our summary of what industry related news is happening, going to happen and has happened.

People In The Industry

The “Ultimate Badass”.  For anyone familiar with Facebook, you may know that they recently banned the sale of firearms on their social media website.  This decision has been rust-bluemet with quite a bit of response from both sides of the firearm “line”, despite the rarity of getting a decision like this one overturned.  Luckily, for the firearms industry, Chuck Rossi, Facebook’s Director of Engineering, has been openly helping groups that have been recently banned, get back in.  He has even gone a step farther and created a “secret group of administrators for gun enthusiasts pages from around the country.”  He has recently been quoted stating “I am 100% laser focused on getting your groups back to you so you have a chance to get them to comply with the new policy. It is my sole freaking purpose in life until it is done. I’m dumping extra work on my mangers (sic) and my teams to cover for me while I take on this new role,” Rossi wrote. “I know this new policy sucks. I personally don’t agree with it and everyone in Facebook is pissed about how it was rolled out.”  As more details arise on Rossi’s developments, we will be sure to bring them to you.

Great Granny Gun Owner.  On April 28th, 2016, Barbara Moles, 80 year old resident of Sultan Washington, shot and killed an intruder in her home.  An intruder broke into Moles’ tulsa-show3home to steal prescription drugs.  Barb heard the comotion and walked in to see her 75 year old husband, Leland, bleeding on the floor.  The intruder had beaten her husband with a crowbar before Barbara had encountered him.  Barb reached for her .380 pistol, prompting the intruder to call out “gun!” before she fired 4 shots, hitting him 3 times.  Moles has stated she would not hesitate to use her gun again and was quoted saying, “You know how mothers are with their kids,” she said. “That’s the way I am with my husband. I just protect his back. I’m not just the typical granny — in case you haven’t noticed.”  Police are investigating the incident, however, no charges are expected against Barbara Moles.

New Tech

Mossberg’s New Safety Technology.  Mossberg has been a trusted gun manufactured since they were founded in New Haven CT back in 1919.  With the political times changing and several people calling for addition gun regulations, Mossberg is trying to stay ahead of Hot-Blue-in-Firearm-Finishesthe curve.  Mossberg is part of a group of pioneers that are using modern sensor technology to make guns more safe.  Mossberg understands that firearms safety methods have been eschewed by guns owners because existing systems make the gun difficult to use in emergency situations. Lock-based solutions for example, require a user to locate a key, unlock the lock, and then remove it from the trigger before the gun can be fired.  In response to this, Mossberg is working with iGun Technology Corp. to develop a gun that can only be shot by the person wearing the gun’s sensor ring.  This ties a gun to a single user and makes it easy for that person to grab their gun and fire immediately in an emergency.  “We’re gun people, so we know when you pick up a gun you want to shoot it,” Mossberg said. “You don’t want to swipe your finger. You don’t want to talk to it. In an emergency situation, you want to pick it up and use it.”

Events And Goings On

Free Gun Raffle For Veterans!  HAVA, Honored American Veterans Afield, and Glock are teaming up to award  a Glock 30th Anniversary commemorative pistol (1 of 30) to a deserving disabled veteran or wounded active duty military member who attends one of gun slingHAVA’s 2016 Family Day events.  The gun has been donated by Glock and is valued at $4,000.00.  The drawing for the gun will be held in November 2016 following the completion of HAVA Family Day events at Academi Training Center in Moyock, NC, Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, KY and San Antonio Police Training Center in San Antonio, TX.  If you are able to attend any of these event locations, be sure to show your support to the active duty and veterans in attendance.  HAVA is a 501(c)3 organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry with the purpose of raising awareness and further assisting disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events and other outdoor sports activities

Bringham Young’s Gun.  A Colt Revolver built in 1854 for Bringham Young , who succeeded Joseph Smith as leader of Mormons.  The gun, with its “flawlessly executed firearm-finishing-nitre-bluescroll work” and “wolf head motif” has an estimated price of $550,000 to $850,000, according to Rock Island Auction Company, which is putting more than 3,000 guns up to bid from April 29 to May 1.  The gun comes with a deluxe rosewood case lined with a red wine velvet, a silver powder flask, a bullet mold and other tools. It is the gun that Young “personally cleaned, loaded and kept at the ready” for use against “nefarious persons.”

Gun Ranges Offer Educational Classes For Kids.  In The Tampa Florida area, parents hope putting a gun in their child’s hands could help arm them with gun safety knowledge french greyand save lives.  “We’re going to be learning about gun safety,” says Shooters World instructor Ann Gorman.Before the kids ever touch a real gun, Gorman teaches them how to separate the fun of shooting from the dangers of handling a gun outside of the range.  Kids as young as 6 years old participate in these classes.  The whole goal behind these classes is to educate children on how to be safe and handle a gun, in case they ever encounter one.  Taking preemptive measures will help avoid any mistakes curious children may have.  These ranges have classes for children at all different age levels and firearm knowledge.  More and more gun ranges are adopting these measures in hopes that tomorrows generation can put a stop to gun related accidents.  

Did I pay too much for my Model 1911

When buying a 1911 pistol, the biggest question people have is, did I spend too much for it or did I get a good value?  There are a few things you need to pay attention to when pricing out your Model 1911 Pistol; first, were all the parts machine fit or hand fit?  Second, are the parts made overseas or made in America?  And third, what kind of finish and polish has been applied to the gun? gov heritage with brown leather background  

Were all the parts machine fit or hand fit?

The biggest cost variable is whether or not a gun’s parts were machine fit or fit by a skilled Gunsmith.  The cheaper the gun, the more likely all the parts were machine fit.  In a lot of cases, machine fit parts have a tendency to be put together poorly and be out of tolerance.  Parts that are out of tolerance can cause the gun to wear down more quickly.  When this happens, parts may touch or wear in places that they were never intended to, potentially shortening the life and performance of the gun.  With hand fit parts, a Gunsmith will measure, calibrate and fit each part to ensure that they fit and function properly.  The Gunsmith will know what imperfections to pay attention to when building the gun, and knows how each part should function to reach its optimal performance.  The extra attention paid to the each step, makes assembling the gun much more time consuming, thus driving the cost up.  You can always buy the 1911 cheap and fix all the parts yourself, however, it takes strong knowledge and experience, as well as time to get all the parts fitting properly.  One of the biggest issues people have is they tend to shave too much metal off the parts, to get them to fit properly, and they compromise the integrity of the gun.  A hand fit 1911 will be a high performing and aesthetically pleasing gun, is what you want to look for when buying a 1911 pistol.Standard 1911 angled with light tan leather background LS 2

Were the parts made overseas or made in America?

Where the parts of a gun are made can certainly influence the price of the gun.  As a whole, anything made in the USA tends to be more expensive, for a variety of different reasons (mostly political), and this certainly applies to gun parts.  The difference between American made and non-American made parts has been hotly debated over the years, but it is largely based on your personal preference (similar to the car industry).  When I am buying a gun, my personal preference is to have all the parts made in the USA as I like to boast that my gun is 100% American made.  Typically, guns that are made from American made parts tend to also be hand fit instead of machine fit.  In this writer’s opinion, there is nothing like a classic American Colt Model 1911 WWI style gun made in all American parts, nothing says AMERICA, better than that.

What kind of finish and polish has been applied to the gun?

When looking to buy a quality made Model 1911, you want to make sure the colors are kept to their authentic, age appropriate finishes.  If the 1911 has been blued, you want to make sure that it is colored to the age period specific tone, so it maintains its historic look.  The closer the match, the more expensive the gun will, or should be.  Some companies have almost perfected the technique of matching the finish of the gun to it’s original age period finish, and thus they charge a premium for it.  The process is time consuming and the better the match, the longer the process will take.  Another important detail that many people overlook is the direction on which the polish was applied.  Each model of gun is made differently and that includes the direction to which the gun polish is applied.  If the polish is not applied in the correct direction, it may make the gun look odd and, to an experienced gun enthusiast, will not look age period appropriate.  It is also important to ask if it was machine polished or hand polished.  The machine polishing process does not produce a gun that looks age appropriate.  By hand polishing it, the gunsmith is able to work the polish so it comes out as close to the authentic look as possible, this hand process is an art form.  Anytime a craftsman manufactures something by hand, the quality and attention to detail are usually top notch, and this is no different when it comes to 1911’s and the polish that is on them.

It is important that any 1911 you buy meets these standards.  If a gun manufacturer cuts corners on any of these standards, they may also have cut other corners during other stages of production.  It is always important to ask your gun shop a lot of questions, like these, to make sure you are buying a quality item that will retain its value and become a family heirloom.

To learn more about how guns are manufactured, please feel free to visit us at www.turnbullmfg.com.

Restore Your Ugly Guns with Turnbull Manufacturing

From Gunsamerica.com 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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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:  http://www.gunsandammo.com/bracket/

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.
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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 www.nssf.org 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 www.turnbullmfg.com 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 http://www.tropgun.com/. 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 https://www.turnbullrestoration.com/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: https://www.turnbullrestoration.com/store.asp?pid=20025&catid=19872

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.

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, www.turnbullmfg.com or send an email to info@turnbullmfg.com.

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.

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 to Donate the Annual RCA Fund Raising Rifle

Ruger_Collectors_11x14_Poster_550pxBloomfield N.Y. – Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing Co., in association with The Ruger Collector’s Association Display Shows, is proud to present the RCA 2010 Annual Fund Raising Rifle. The 2010 Raffle Prize is a Ruger #1S rifle chambered in .45-70 that has received Turnbull’s extensive Ruger #1 package; which includes color case hardening of the receiver, lever, scope base and rings; rust blued barrel; charcoal bluing of the metal parts; stock refinishing with hand-rubbed oil; checkering is re-cut by hand; and a new butt pad is installed. This handsome rifle also has a “Turning Bull” custom brass pistol grip cap insert and the Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing Co. logo is engraved on the bottom of the receiver. Read Story

Turnbull on the Road: NRA-ILA Convention in Charlotte, NC

The weekend of May 14th, we attended the NRA-ILA convention in Charlotte, NC. We primarily went to the conference to talk with manufacturers that we are partnering with and potential future partners, and to show our support for the NRA. As we become more involved with the manufacturing of firearms, we are working with more and more firearm manufacturers to customize their firearms with finishing. While walking the exhibits we met a lot of great people in the industry. Many of those recognized Doug by his trademark hat. We were also able to talk with Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA and Chris Cox, Executive Director of NRA-ILA. We also attended an auction to benefit the NRA-ILA in which we were able to participate by being involved with the donation of a pistol. In a partnership with Kimber, Turnbull Mfg. did the finish work on a Kimber firearm that sold at auction for $10,000! The retail on this gun is $4,300. We were glad to do what we could to support the NRA and had a great time while there See more pictures from our trip to the NRA-ILA Convention in Charlotte, NC.