Shoot History

An Online Magazine Dedicated to Classic Firearms Preservation, Produced & Curated by Turnbull Restoration
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Go behind the scenes of a full Parker BHE 12 gauge side-by-side restoration.

Considering a journey to revitalize, or perhaps even resurrect, your classic firearm? Here are the first questions you should ask.

Inspirational people doing their part to preserve history, making memories all along the way.

RESTORATION RESOURCES

Helping owners and collectors of classic firearms understand the purpose, traditions and methods of gun restoration.

Do you have questions about gun restoration? Contact us today, or post your questions to our social media pages using hashtag #shoothistory. We’ll do our best to answer them here.

Video: Introduction to Metal Preparation

Video: Introduction to Metal Preparation

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.

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STEWARDS & STORIES

Celebrating the history of firearms and the shooting lifestyle, while recognizing the role of each generation in maintaining these legacies.

Have you run across an inspirational story that you think we should include in Stewards & Stories? Share it to your social media feed and use hashtag #shoothistory. Bookmark us to see our latest re-shares.

Stewards & Stories #7

Stewards & Stories #7

Issue #7 of Stewards & Stories includes “Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy”, “The Model 42 Shotgun”, and “More Than 150 Years Of Winchester”.

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Stewards & Stories #6

Stewards & Stories #6

Classic Firearms: Winchester Model 62 "You said it wouldn't work, but it seems to shoot pretty fair to me." - John Moses Browning, upon delivering his Model 1890 prototype to Winchester What if the engineers of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company refused...

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Stewards & Stories #5

Stewards & Stories #5

Most of us have a story involving an old lever action rifle or shotgun. Something about their wood and steel, the way they look, the way they feel, they way they smell even, that makes lever guns such an effective vessel of memories and stories. But they tell a distinctly American story as well. Stories of endurance, exploration, adventure, perseverance. Stories of being tested, stories of sustaining ourselves.

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Stewards & Stories #4

Stewards & Stories #4

It’s true that John Moses Browning-penned repeaters like Winchester’s Model 1886, 1894 and 1895 get a lot of attention, we would do well to remember the innovations in lever action firearms both before the world received Mr. Browning’s designs and after they made their mark. Thanks to the good folks at Rock Island Auction Company for giving us a refresher on the history of lever action innovation.

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Stewards & Stories #3

Stewards & Stories #3

Origins of Damascus Steel Did the first bars of "Damascus" bar stock actually originate in the Middle East? How is the exquisite layered look attribute to Damascus Steel created? What should we keep in mind about Damascus Steel barrels vs....

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Want to Learn More About Firearms Preservation?

You’ve come to the right place. To us, classic firearms preservation is not only about restoring old guns. It’s about educating folks who want to know more about the purpose, traditions and methods of the craft – and in doing so provide a glimpse into the work of past generation’s masters. It’s also about sharing the stories of today’s writers, organizations, makers, hunters and preservationists of all stripes who are dedicated to firearms history and the shooting lifestyle.

Together, and with your participation, we can help ensure vibrant, fun, enriching, story-filled pastimes with classic firearms for generations to come.

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Featured at the top of the page is a fully-restored Colt Model 1911 U.S. Army in .45 ACP. This iconic American service pistol, dated from 1914, had been returned to its original factory condition by Turnbull Restoration.