Saturday, November 14, 2015

Old & very old guns

Latest restorations. More text later. But the 12 "featherweight" handles like a Best Brit gun, while the "Askins- Keith special" 16 is almost 8 pounds and has 30" barrels and tight chokes. The prairies were not bucolic England...

To see the details like Damascus, click to enlarge...

















6 comments:

Keith Brady said...

An 8lb 16 bore. A Continental fowling piece that found it's way to the prairie.
Very nice and worthy of restoration.

Keith Brady said...

an 8 lb 16 bore - a Continental fowling piece that made it's way to the prairie.

Nice stuff Steve and worthy of restoration

Gil said...

Steve, nice work on the old Elsies. Gil

Josh said...

Wow -- do you do your own restoration?

Steve Bodio said...

Josh-- I am learning from retired BLM worker and fine gunsmith John Besse here in town. I have been refinishing stocks for years but now am learning to do mechanical work too.
We have aso learned how to reproduce fine Damascus brown finish, obvious on this 16. Try Gerry Cox's Hits & Misses, and the YouTubes that Brownells puts out, which will generate plenty of ideas!

Kelly Spencer said...

Really interesting! It’s great to have historic and expensive gun collection which makes us the envy of other sportsmen and history buffs.
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