In our portfolio you’ll find a selection of our work on various projects. Although it is by no means comprehensive, it presents some of our toughest projects along with the results. We are proud of our work and love to show it off! Hopefully we will add your project here soon.
Winchester Model 1400 MK II
Making a Winchester Model 94 work right and look right-Part 1
Making a Winchester Model 94 work right and look right-Part 2
Bad old Ruger to Good new Ruger
Remington 742 Woodsmaster Fore Stock and Buttstock
Smith and Wesson Model 3 "Schofield" revolver
My latest project was the first classic pistol that I’ve worked on. The Smith & Wesson Model 3 Schofield revolver was a classic firearm produced between 1870 and 1915. A true “cowboy” gun, the model 3 was what Wyatt Earp used in the gunfight at the OK Corral. Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid and President Theodore Roosevelt also carried the “Schofield”. I was asked to work on a beautiful modern version made by Uberti.
My customer wanted new grips, and some engraving in order to make his gun truly unique. He also wanted me to see if I could make the grip longer to accommodate his big hands. I studied in this for a while until I found my solution. I extended the grip by adding a spacer that I attached to the grip and form fitted it to the metal handle frame.
I made the grip out of mahogany that I cut to fit the frame. I added relief carvings on both sides, and inlaid the top and bottom with beaten, polished brass. After sanding, I oiled the wood and polished it to a smooth shiny finish.
For the gun engraving, I engraved patterns on both sides of the receiver including a Navajo eagle (or Hawk). I did a unique engraving for each of the six cylinders. I then re-blued the areas I worked on to match the original finish. I’m really pleased with the result. I think ol’ Wyatt Earp himself might of liked it too
Marlin 336 30/30 repeating rifle
On a couple of occasions I have been asked to work on firearms that are not merely antiques but hold a special, emotional attachment to someone. This is of course an honor, and the responsibility humbles me deeply. As you can imagine, it can also be intimidating as I am forever altering something that is irreplaceable. I am relieved to say that my latest effort made the person who had faith in me very happy.
The project was a Marlin model 336 rifle chambered for 30/30. It belonged to the deceased father of an acquaintance who wanted something special done in commemoration of his dad. My only instructions were to include the family name somehow and a hawk. How to represent this was left to my discretion. The rifle had no decorative features and had suffered from the years. It was rusty, with pitting on the barrel and chips and gouges in the stock and fore grip.
I spent a few days studying it and set upon a relief carving for the wood and an engraving for the receiver. I broke the rifle down completely and cleaned everything, assuring functionality. Then I proceeded to carve a hawk in flight with a banner over its head with the family name. I then carved relief patterns on both sides of the fore grip. Once finished I stained, sanded and oiled the wood. Then I sanded and filed the receiver and barrel, finishing by polishing it with various grits. I engraved a pattern on the flat surface of the receiver opposite the loading port. Finally I re-blued all the metal and reassembled the rifle. I already have another project for this customer and I can only hope it is as successful as this one was.
Remington 1100 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun
Everyone has a gun that is special to them for a variety of reasons. For me this is that gun. This belonged to my grandfather who passed away several years ago. He bought it new, and did a lot of quail and dove shooting with it. It was his favorite, and he left it to me. He was special to me, so this gun is like carrying around a part of him. I decided to honor it by doing a full restore and customization project. After breaking it down and thoroughly cleaning it as well as repairing the safety, I started on the wood.
For the stock and foregrip I sanded them down to 2,000 grit. I did a flower flourish relief carving on the right side. I then re-lined and re-checked the palm rests and the foregrip. I added a personal engraving on the foregrip of my grandfathers initials and his nickname "Pop". Then I went over the original receiver engraving as it had worn significantly. I sanded and cleaned the white inserts for the butt plate and pommel. The white diamond on the pommel had fallen out at some point so I fabricated a piece and replaced it. I cleaned and re-grooved the butt plate after deciding not to replace it. I sanded, filed and polished the barrel and receiver and re-blued it to a rich dark blue. I opted to leave the aluminum trigger housing with it's "nickel" finish after thoroughly polishing it. Later on I cam back and added mother of pearl to the stock relief. The result is something that I know my grandpa would be proud of as I am quite proud of it myself.
Springfield 16 gauge side by side double barrel shotgun
This shotgun was a family heirloom that had seen better days. The owner decided to go all out and asked for a full restoration, repair and customization.
We broke this shotgun down and repaired or replaced any worn parts such as a worn sear, and then started on the metal. We stripped, sanded and filed the barrel and receiver and then polished it to a glass finish. Then we rust browned it to a beautiful plum brown. We also added a watermark etching of a mallard that only the owner would know to look for in the event it was ever stolen and recovered.
After sanding down the stock and foregrip, we did a relief carving scene of ducks in flight with flourishes on one side. On the other side we added a fish scale relief and and a unique inlay of the Alabama state flag using mother of pearl and beaten, polished copper for the St. Andrew's cross. For the palm rests we reformed them with mother of pearl which we ringed with beaten, polished brass. Along the top of the stock we added a ridged pattern. For the foregrip we engraved a ridge and flourish pattern. We finished by sanding the wood down to 2000 grit, staining walnut and then hand applying 8 coats of tru-oil. This was all hand waxed and buffed. Finally, we restored the butt plate and added a polished brass spacer. The result was a unique masterpiece and a slack-jawed, satisfied customer!
Essex 12 gauge side by side double barrel shotgun
Essex shotguns were pretty common 80 years ago, and retailed for around $12 in the Sears Roebuck catalog. A customer found one at auction and brought it home intending it as a gift for his grandad. Unfortunately, it was in rough shape. He had us take a look at it, asking us to do what we could and add any touches that would make it special.
After breaking it down we noticed right away that the stock was cracked so badly that it was held together only by the screws. This meant that serious magic was required! We repaired the stock with steel posts and elbow grease. We sanded, stained and oil rubbed it to a beautiful finish, bringing out its original luster. We did the same to the foregrip. To personalize it all, we added custom engraving to the foregrip and inlayed it with mother of pearl. We then customized the palm rest and the pommel with mother of pearl as well. We reinforced the joining screw with a strip of beaten, polished copper. The metal required a lot of cleaning, sanding and filing. We repaired worn parts with originals and then re-blued the barrel to a rich deep blue. The result was unrecognizable to the owner and his grandad proudly put it over his mantle immediately upon receiving it.
On the Bench...
1895 Steyr Mannlicher Austro Hungarian rifle
This piece of history came to us demonstrating the effects that over a hundred years can have on a firearm. We broke the rifle down and cleaned it, repairing anything that was an issue such as the bolt. Then we sanded, shaped and finished the stock to bring it back to it's original condition. We sanded the barrel and receiver to remove pitting or burrs. We finished by re-blueing the metal and then reassembling it. It was humbling to consider that this rifle was a participant in the "War to end all Wars" in which my own Great Grandfather was a participant as a soldier in General John "Black Jack" Pershing's US. Expeditionary Force.
Marlin Golden 39A
The Marlin Golden 39A is a timeless classic. This lever action, tube fed, beauty was chambered for .22LR. It was presented to us as a repair, restore and customize project. The owner wanted the rifle restored to its original glory in both appearance and function. He also wanted special touches added that would mean even more as the rifle passes down through the family. We repaired a few broken mechanisms and ordered a few original parts that had gone missing over the years. First off, we deep cleaned everything to get rid of years of built up grease, oil and dirt. We sanded, stained and oil rubbed the original walnut stock to bring out the beauty of its grain. We then added a custom engraving of the family name. We then turned to the barrel and receiver, which required sanding and shaping to remove pitting. We added a custom engraving to the receiver and then "rust browned" the metal to a rich plum brown finish. After test firing and cleaning it again, we delivered it to a very happy customer.
The Ruger 10/22 is another one of those classic rifles that develop a loyal following. Initially the owner wanted us to re-work the wood with a new finish and stain and to personalize it with a name engraving. Additionally we added a silver dollar embedded into a mahogany ring. The customer was so pleased with the results he decided that je wanted to customize and modify the rifle into a true marksman rifle that they could drive nails with.
We started by sanding, staining and oil rubbing the stock. We specialized the stock by inlaying a Silver Dollar within a ring of mahogany. On the reverse we engraved the owner's name. After initial reassembly with the original barrel and trigger housing for testing, we went to work modifying it to a true shooter.
We added a Ruger BX- trigger that was set for a 3lb. trigger break. An custom machined aluminum quick release magazine lever was added to the trigger housing. We glass-lined the barrel bedding and added an aluminum pillar. Next came a stainless, threaded 28 inch match bull barrel with a 1:16 twist which we "floated". We attached an owner supplied scope which we bore sighted. Finally, a tripod completed the project. After test firing we returned this rifle to another satisfied customer.
After the first Customization
After the Marksman Performance Modification
Winchester 12 gauge pump shotgun
A young man came to us with a modern Winchester 12 gauge pump that he wanted to personalize. He asked for an engraving of a wolf on the stock and a name engraving. This was our first wolf, and it turned out great. In addition to the engravings, we sanded off the factory finish and did our thing by staining and oil rubbing the stock so that he walked away with a truly one of a kind. He was howling with delight (Groan! Sorry, I couldn't resist!)
Glock 42 .280
For this project we had a customer complaining about the stiff trigger break on his Glock 42. We tested it and our trigger pull gauge showed a break in excess of 10 lbs! We ordered the "Ghost Spring Kit" from one of the best sources for Glock parts, Ghost Inc. We replaced the original striker spring with a reduced power 4 lb. spring from the Ghost kit. We also replaced the factory safety spring with a reduced power version from the kit. Before reassembling we did a THOROUGH cleaning of the gun and lubricated it. We punched the barrel and applied solvent to remove copper and lead deposits. We also repaired dings and gouges in the housing and touched up scratches on the receiver. After re-assembly, the trigger pull was just over 6 lbs. As the springs break in with use, he will probably end up with about a 5 lb. break. That's a 50% improvement! The customer was pleased considering he now has what is essentially a brand new Glock.
More cool stuff we do
Here are a few side projects that we have worked on that may or may not be directly firearm related. We also make custom knives and we will be showcasing some of them here soon.
Hand engraved walking/swinging stick made from a Hickory axe handle
Hand made and engraved Hickory walking stick. The stick was infused with resin to make it virtually unbreakable
Restored Colt 1911 .45 Caliber and hand made custom holster (K&S owner's personal sidearm)
Hand made Knife with Deer antler handle
Hand cut, stained, oil rubbed and engraved Fraternity Paddles
European style Deer Mount with Base made of Driftwood