Custom Rifles. Cooper.
Custom Rifles was a tour de force in the world of customized rifles when it was originally published in the 1950s, and it is still relevant today. The custom rifle is much more than just another shooting implement. Certainly, accuracy may be greatly improved over a particular rifle's off-the-shelf cousins, but the main reason that people customize rifles is to take advantage of the skills of the individual gunsmith and stockmaker to produce something that fits the individual needs of the owner. In this book, noted author and rifleman Jeff Cooper explains the different designs of action, custom barrels, the best types of wood for making stocks and of course the popular calibres of ammunition in use at the time, many of which are still with us today.
Custom Rifles is more than just a book for the would-be customizer. It offers excellent information on what improves or affects the performance of a fine rifle.
Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Sisk.
Selecting and Ordering A Custom Hunting Rifle
One of the projects John and I worked on last winter was Selecting and Ordering A Custom Hunting Rifle. Texas gunmaker, Charlie Sisk, is the brains behind the book, and asked all his favorite gun writer friends to contribute their thoughts. And while buying a custom rifle seems extravagant in these hard economic times, you have to ask yourself: wouldn't it be more economical to have one rifle that fits you perfectly, that you can use forever, than to buy and sell, and buy and sell. (Industry people call it 'churning' and it's 99.9% of their profits, so you know the only one losing money is the guy trying to sell a rifle quickly so he can buy the next great hope.)
John wrote several chapters and shorts, including ones on controlled-round feed vs. push-feed, reality vs. expectations when buying a custom rifle, wildcat cartridges, walnut stocks, and scopes for custom rifles. He also takes on the big question: Should you buy custom? And I wrote the chapter on fit, good fit, for both men and women.
Sisk says, "It may look like any idiot could do what I do, but it takes years of study and watching people mount and use guns to know what to look for and turn around and fix it right."
I've listened to Charlie's philosophy of fit for years, and shot his guns. Maybe this book should have been called Zen and the Art of Rifle Guns.
Custom Gunmakers of the 20th Century Vol 1. Petrov.
Mike Petrov’s book covers the first forty years of the 20th century, ending at the onset of World War II. He offers a compelling rationale for stopping there. The period covered, however, illuminates a landscape of knowledge sparsely explored in previous books. The American custom gunmakers primarily adorned the 1903 Springfield military bolt action with the wood and metal enhancements they commanded in their skill sets.
In the twenty chapters, German-trained Gunmakers, such as Ludwig Wundhammer and Fred Adolph, appear prominently in this seminal history. A number of others originate in the German American immigrant community. A tantalizing fact regarding Paul Jaeger, Dietrich Apel’s uncle, appears on p. 79. Paul Jaeger worked with the R.F. Sedgley Company until it ceased operations. Then he went on to found his own company in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. We hope our editor, Dietrich Apel, will find the time in his overwhelming schedule to share the Jaeger family history with the GGCA community! I am confident author Petrov would welcome such information.
The book includes two chapters on the “German Connection.” These chapters add critical information desired by GGCA concerning German sporting arms imported to the U.S. Especially useful is a list of German arms makers and their American agents and retailers. The Franz Jaeger Company of Suhl is one among twelve German makers on the list.
Custom Gunmakers of the 20th Century Vol 2. Petrov
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 F. Surkamer & E. Johnson
Chapter 2 Owen & Worthen Revisited
Chapter 3 Whelen's Wundhammer
Chapter 4 Depression Era Sporters
Chapter 5 Stewart Edward White's Wundhammer
Chapter 6 Niedner's 1924 Rifle
Chapter 7 Fred Adolph Revisited
Chapter 8 When Was It Made
Chapter 9 Wundhammer & King
Chapter 10 S.R. Griffin
Chapter 11 John Dubiel
Chapter 12 Hoffman Falling Block
Chapter 13 Paul Jaeger
Chapter 14 A Collection of Sporters (a)
Chapter 15 A Collection of Sporters (b)
Chapter 16 Pachmayrs
Chapter 17 James V. Howe
Chapter 18 John Hutton
Chapter 19 The .400-Whelen Part I
Chapter 20 The .400-Whelen Part II
Michael Petrov was a collector, shooter and historian specializing in custom bolt-action and single-shot target rifles. His fine collection of sporting rifles was sold recently at auction.
Custom Rifles in Black and White. Dodd Hughes.
CUSTOM RIFLES IN BLACK & WHITE (1999) by Steven Dodd Hughes New, Second Printing of First Edition, soft cover, 185 pages, large format. I get regular phone calls and emails from folks thanking me for this book and telling me it is indispensable in their workshops and libraries. Many consider it the Go-To book for determining specific details in custom rifle design and construction. Over 200 photos of 40 of the finest American custom rifles from 1990-2000. 20 bolt action (Fisher, Tucker, Heilmann, Hensley, Burgess/Echols, Simillion); 16 single shots (SDH, Webber, Snapp, etc.) and four lever action rifles. Many detailed views with interesting stories. Signed and inscribed
Modern Custom Guns. Turpin.
Modern Custom GunsWalnut, Steel, and Uncommon Artistry, Second Editionby Tom Turpin208pp, profuse color photos, hardcover, dj.
Custom guns take many forms and exist on many levels. From an unassuming but meticulously crafted and hand-finished rifle built for the world-traveling hunter, to an ornately engraved rifle with fancy stock carving fit for a collector or king, custom rifles, handguns, and shotguns are the stuff every gun owner's dreams are made of.
Creating such finery is the purview of just a handful of artisans, and no one knows them and their artwork better than renowned author and firearms expert Tom Turpin. Having invested decades in pursuit of perfection in riflecraft, Turpin has close relationships with many of today's best stockmakers, metalsmiths, engravers, and other specialists, as well as knowledge of the gunmakers of yesterday who left indelible marks on the firearms world. With this volume he brings the work of his friends and colleagues to life in beautiful prose and exquisite photography.
Whether you are looking for an artisan to build your first custom creation, or you have a safe full of custom guns, or even if you just wish you did, this is a book to savor and cherish. As the author himself suggests, "Sit back, relax, and enjoy."
Double Guns and Custom Gunsmithing. Dodd Hughes,
Steven Dodd Hughes. Hardbound. Excellent preparation for anybody, beginner and experienced collector alike, considering purchase of a high-grade double shotgun. Author shares accumulated knowledge and wisdom from 30 years of collecting, building, repairing, and customizing doubles. Covers repairs and restoration, custom projects, history and function of classic sidelock action and modern variations, profiles of two modern Italian custom makers, the art of stockmaking, restoring and preserving metal finishes, plus plenty of detailed “case studies” that’ll help you spot problems on used doubles and avoid ending up with an expensive and pretty, but unshootable, wall-hanger.