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.

Re-Visiting “How it’s Made”

Re-Visiting “How it’s Made”

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.

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Field & Stream Goes Behind the Scenes in Bloomfield

Field & Stream Goes Behind the Scenes in Bloomfield

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.

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To Restore, or Not to Restore?

To Restore, or Not to Restore?

To restore, or not to restore? That's the foundational question to ask yourself when considering what could become a journey to revitalize, or perhaps even resurrect, your classic firearm. A big part of what we do is help our customers understand all the ins and outs...

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A Full Parker BHE Restoration in Pictures: Introduction

A Full Parker BHE Restoration in Pictures: Introduction

Few American firearms makes conjure up imagery and emotions like Parker. Nearly every Parker Bros. double gun that comes to us for restoration has numerous stories attached to it, just like this BHE example from 1921. One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is hearing these stories and doing our best to honor them during the restoration process.

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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

Issue #6 of Stewards & Stories includes “Classic Firearms: Winchester Model 62”, “Join the Hunt: 5 Ways to Help Your Hunting Heritage”, “A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Used Shotgun”, and “First Gun”.

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Stewards & Stories #5

Stewards & Stories #5

Issue #5 of Stewards & Stories includes “Lauding them Legendary Lever Actions”, “Rescuing the German Guns”, and “Firearms Industry Salutes America’s Veterans”.

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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 Parker BHE 12 gauge double. This legendary American side-by-side, dated from 1921, had been returned to its original factory condition by Turnbull Restoration.