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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.
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.
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.read more
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?”read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.
Lauding them Legendary Lever Actions 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...read more
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.read more
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....read more
Guns as Investments We have legendary outdoor writer Jim Carmichel to thank for countless pages of stories and wisdom. And we have Sporting Classics to the thank for featuring Guns as Investments. This chapter of Jim's book Classic...read more
“If these guns could talk.” Our gunsmiths say this to themselves every day. Being tuned in to that mysterious frequency is one of the things that drives us in the passions we pursue and the work we perform. We’re very lucky to work closely with customers who are attuned to the signals that are emanate from the wood and steel of their family heirlooms.read more
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.