Swirl Painting your AR

[su_heading size=”30″]Want to turn heads at the Range?[/su_heading]

Have you ever thought of building a good-looking AR with a bad ass paint job, like pimping your car. Unfortunately, high-end paint jobs aren’t cheap and can take a couple months to complete. So why not learn to swirl paint your AR which can be done within minutes and it will save you hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself.

Take a look at this Youtuber haveyouseen89 pimping his AR and has offers some tips to get this done right.

Tips for Swirl Painting
One thing to note from Youtuber haveyouseen89 they state you should keep your rifle completely clean and degreased. The oils and solvents would prevent the paint from adhering correctly, the end result would not be a clean look.

Use a bin that is larger than the gun that you’ll be dipping. When you place the gun into the water at an angle, be sure to leave enough room so that you’re able to dip the whole gun in one dipping.

Video Transcription

[Cameraman] I’m recording?

[Off-camera] Yup. Here.

[Cameraman] Ok. Alright. The water’s at 75 degrees, you’ve got about two and a half cups of borax, and almost forty gallons of water.

[Off-camera] Yep.

[Cameraman] And the water’s at seventy-five degrees, and Nat are you ready to pour in your model paint?

[Nat] Just about as soon as it settles-

[Cameraman] Settles out, gets less turbulent.

[Nat] And what we’re painting, is the competition gun.

[Cameraman] Cool.

[Nat] Aeropressures (?) and upper and lower, Odin Works handguard, did a base coat of Duracoat number one-forty-five.

[Cameraman] Sweet.

[Nat] Furious Mike, is what they call it. Which is kinda fitting.

[Cameraman] I got you.

[Nat] Let’s see… Should be good. Let me grab something. Grab a stir-stick. Did you see how it disperses? It’ll show up better when I do the red, then you’ll actually see little bits of remnant oil build-up on the edge of the water, so you gotta get rid of that.

[Cameraman] I see.

[Nat] Here’s the part where you reaaally see it.

[Cameraman] Yeah. Oh yeah! That shows up well.

[Nat] Let that disperse a little bit. Oh! Doesn’t help when you’re dripping sweat into it.


[Cameraman] Gotta take a sec, get a rag and wipe, man. Wipe it off if you can. I know you wanna.

[Nat] Nah, it’s good.

[Cameraman] M’kay.

[Nat] Shake the sweat off. Drag some of that black that got pushed off the edge.

[Cameraman] I got you.

[Nat] Alright.

[Cameraman] M’kay.

[Nat] Here’s the fun part.

[Cameraman] Alright.

[Nat] It’s always so nerve-racking.

[Cameraman] Alright, here goes the gun.

[Nat] Alright.

[Cameraman] Ready?

[Nat] Yep! You can be kinda rough with it. Just tryin’ ta…

[Cameraman] M’kay.

[Nat] Mostly just tryin’ to diffuse the paint real thin. Oooh I can already see it! That’s lookin’ good!

[Cameraman] Oh yeah!

[Nat] Right over here near my left arm. That right there. [Loud blowing to move ink] Alright, out we go.

[Cameraman] Alright. We’re up.

[Nat] Oh wow. And the beautiful thing about this painting method: It dries almost instantly. Ooh, it took into the rails way better than I thought it would!

[Cameraman] Dude, that’s lookin’ sweet! Sick!

[Nat] Now I wanna see somebody else have a competition gun like THIS. This is unique now. Nobody else has this.

[Cameraman] No doubt! No doubt! There’s no mistaking this weapon for someone else’s.

[Nat] Yeah. And this is not hydro-dipped. This is paint.

[Cameraman] Oh yeah.

[Nat] So.

[Cameraman] Oil-based, right?

[Nat] Yeah, it’s an oil-based– it’s a Testors Model Paint. That turned out really good, I’m happy with that. So this one’s actually gonna have a 18-inch medium-profile fluted barrel, the rifle length gas system, A uh- it’s got the Odin Works hand guard, it’s also gonna have the Odin Works adjustable gas block, uh, nickle boron bolt carrier, Hyperfire 24c trigger, the two-to-four pound trigger, um, haven’t decided on optic, I know I’m gonna go a– like a one-to-four, one-to-six, uh, what else? Standard parts kit, Strike Industries charging handle, if y’all haven’t seen the Strike Industries charging handle, check it out, because it is smooth, it’s like it’s on ball-bearings.

[Cameraman] What about a stock?

[Nat] uh, I’m runnin’ a modified Magpull CTR, skeletonized, and also a Magpull MOE Grip that’s been skeletonized. That should do it! Air position, upper, lower, works, and thank you Odin Works for having awesome products and good customer service! It made it really easy to get this stuff, and uh, most of this stuff was supplied by Area51 Tactical in Dothan Alabama, we offer Duracoat, and if you so desire, I can swirl a gun for you. There’s gonna be a matte clearcoat of Duracoat going on this after. So if you have any questions, look up Area51Tactical.com, and check out Odin Works.

[Cameraman] That’s it?

[Nat] Yep, that’s it.

[Cameraman] [Muttering about the stop button]

[Nat] Set the phone down there

Source: haveyouseenhim89 Youtube, Mike Reeber

Flintstone Homebrew .50 Cal Sniper Rifle

[su_heading size=”30″]Captured ISIS Homebrew .50 Cal Rifle waiting to go Kaboom[/su_heading]

Jake Hamby a former Combat Camera dude/Aspiring Filmaker/Duel-Sport Enthusisast” working near Bashiqa, Iraq came across a captured ISIS .50 cal rifle.

According to Hamby the gun was captured by Peshmerga forces while fighting against ISIS, located near the Mosul district of northern part of Iraq. This flintstone rifle was recovered by the Free Burma Ranger team. Viewing this rifle, its obviously a DIY .50 cal used for “sniping“.

Hamby noted in his Instagram “the rifle possibly weighs about 25-30 pounds and not flimsy.” However, another Instagram user commented “blueoval56: Looks like a face explosion waiting to happen.”

Here’s the conversation on Facebook:

Sources: roguecomcam Instagram, MrGunsgear Facebook, Chris Eger
Photos by Jake Hanby

Are Lever Action Rifles for Cowboys of the Past?

[Following are excerpts from Wide Open Spaces]

There was a time when we all thought repeaters were “out,” at least as far as hunting was concerned. Lever guns are for nostalgic geeks, right?
Somewhat surprisingly, repeaters are experiencing a kind of renaissance. The truth is, even though bolt action and AR-platform rifles are most common in the deer woods, veteran hunters are increasingly switching to lever action, or back to lever action after a break from it.

Newer hunters, too, are drawn to the cowboy style rifle, though not always for the same reasons. One reason is that they know the vast majority of deer are taken at close and mid range, and most lever guns are built for accuracy, and maneuverability, at those moderate distances.

Especially for spot-and-stalk hunts, which have grown in popularity, the maneuverability and light weight of a lever gun can be preferable. Same goes for hunting brush country. Lever gun manufacturers such as Henry and Winchester have been improving on the classic design with new, refined guns in a broadened range of calibers. Ammo manufacturers have followed suit with lever-specific ammo that increases power, accuracy and safety.

Here are three lever guns from Henry Repeating Arms to look at.

  • The Big Boy All Weather .44
  • The Lone Ranger .308
  • The Color Case Hardened .30-30

The Big Boy All Weather .44

A major departure from any kind of John Wayne gun, the Big Boy All Weather is a durable weapon meant to go with you through the most demanding conditions. Although some of our friends had shot other models of the Big Boy and found it slow or difficult to load, compared to the 30-30 and .308, we found this one quicker to load with no jams, possibly because of the cartridge itself. Which is to be expected, since Henry has a long history with the .44 rimfire. Read the rest here…

Sources: Henry Repeating Arms, WideOpenSpaces

Back With A Bang

[su_heading size=”30″]Noveske Rifleworks: Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow[/su_heading]

Story by Troy Taysom * Photographs Courtesy of Noveske Rifleworks

[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]T[/su_dropcap]he AR-15 is arguably the most popular rifle platform ever. It has been around since the late 1950s when it was created by Armalite. AR actually stands for Armalite rifle, and I can only imagine that their designers, back in 1959, had no idea they would create a platform that would transcend the civilian gun market place.

Johnny Noveske started out as a gunsmith who simply set out make a better chamber and barrel. Little did he know that he would be setting the standard for exacting standards.
Johnny Noveske started out as a gunsmith who simply set out make a better chamber and barrel. Little did he know that he would be setting the standard for exacting standards.

When it first appeared it was chambered for .223/5.56, but today one can find calibers from .22LR all the way up to .50 Beowulf. With all of the options out there, building one’s own rifle has also become a popular pastime, because no matter how many cosmetic changes are made to an AR, the guts are often always the same (with the exception of piston-operated versions): all have the same boltcarrier group, firing pin, buffer tube, buffer and spring. But what if you simply wanted the best of the best?

Johnny Noveske started out as a gunsmith who tried to make a better chamber and barrel for the AR-15. He wanted more exacting standards, better accuracy and reliability. He didn’t realize it at the time but he was creating the Porsche equivalent for the AR platform, and is now known for creating just that – Noveske created some of the finest ARs on the market.

Noveske rifles currently come in 5.56, .300 Blackout, .308 and 7.62, but will soon also offer 6.5 Creedmor.
Noveske rifles currently come in 5.56, .300 Blackout, .308 and 7.62, but will soon also offer 6.5 Creedmor.

IN THE LUSH, green woods of southwest Oregon, Noveske Rifleworks designs and builds a wide array of luxury AR-based rifles. Their rifles are masterpieces of design and craftsmanship, but they aren’t for everyone. The price alone, which ranges from $2,000 and up with their newest rifle starting at $3,400, will keep many shooters from owning one. You do get what you pay for, however. My Toyota gets me to work every day, but a Porsche would get me there in style, comfort and precision engineering. The same holds true for a Noveske rifle. It’s a piece of art that just happens to come in 5.56, .300 Blackout and .308. Once you shoot a Noveske, the realization sets in that you have just handled one of the finest ARs in the world today.

The company is staffed by what can only be described as an eclectic group. There are only 33 members of the team, and in order to accomplish Noveske’s innovative approach, these people think outside of the box, and more likely don’t even know what the box is.

Noveske’s 2016 release of the N6 has sparked the attention of small operational teams that are interested in a 7.62 version.
Noveske’s 2016 release of the N6 has sparked the attention of small operational teams that are interested in a 7.62 version.

SADLY, IN JANUARY of 2013 Johnny Noveske was killed in a car accident at just 36 years old. The company forged ahead with his widow, Lorina, in an attempt to keep Noveske’s dream and the company alive. They have had more than one change at the president level since his passing, but have now landed Mike Alland. Alland has a long history in the outdoor, adventure-sports and firearms market. Alland is a high-energy guy who brings excitement, commitment to excellence and cutting-edge product ideas to the table. He isn’t your typical gun-company executive, either. Alland has a degree from San Diego State University in economics and statistical analysis.

Noveske has a guerilla-marketing style that forgoes the normal channels used by their competitors. For example, at the gun industry’s biggest annual show, SHOT, you won’t find a Noveske booth. You may see one of their guns here and there displayed at one of their distributors’ booths and the Noveske folks might be wandering the floor, but no booth. Their business comes from word of mouth and customer testimonials. This a live-on-theedge concept; if your customers are unhappy, you are going to have a difficult time selling your product. Up to this point, Noveske has kept their customers happy. The only complaint they seem to get is that they don’t introduce new products quickly and past products took a long time to get to market. These are issues that Alland has addressed and is correcting.

To Johnny Noveske’s credit, he passed much of his gunsmithing knowledge onto his employees, but just like when Apple lost Steve Jobs, Noveske too had lost their innovator. A lack of ingenuity causes stagnation and this can ultimately kill a company. When Alland stepped in, this was the concensus, but this is changing. The company is finally releasing their N6, which has been highly anticipated by their loyal followers, and will not disappoint the critics.

Johnny Noveske with his family before the January 2013 car crash near Grants Pass, Ore., that would take his life.
Johnny Noveske with his family before the January 2013 car crash near Grants Pass, Ore., that would take his life.

THE N6 IS A 7.62, but will also be released in 6.5 Creedmor and comes with some incredible features. The rifle is available in two barrel lengths: 16 and 12.5 inches. It has a switch block, which allows the shooter to control how much gas comes through the system, and there is a setting for suppressed, nonsuppressed and off. The suppressed setting allows the user to cut back on the gas that gets pushed back while shooting suppressed, saving wear and tear on the can and rifle. When turned off, the round will fire but the action will not cycle – perfect for maximizing sound reduction. According to the Noveske Rifleworks team, small operational units have shown interest in using the 12.5 version in full auto.

If you get the chance to shoot a Noveske rifle, take it. It may, however, create a dilemma for you. My dilemma was whether or not I needed to eat for the next six months. To each their own, and you will figure it out quickly. After all, shooting is supposed to be fun, and Noveske makes it fun.

Very fun. ASJ

Noveske Rifleworks is known for being the Porsche of the AR-platform world, and continues to dominate the industry simply by being the best.
Noveske Rifleworks is known for being the Porsche of the AR-platform world, and continues to dominate the industry simply by being the best.

Editor’s note: For more information about Noveske, go to noveske.com.

Trick Out your AR with these Must have Accessories

The AR platform is reliable, versatile, accurate and can be accessorized. Gotta love the AR, there are infinite amount of manufactures that caters to this market. You can trick out almost every section of your AR.

Here are 10 must-have AR accessories.

  1. Suppressors
    If you never shot with a suppressor, give it a shot (no pun intended).
    If your state allows for suppressor use and ownership, this is one accessory worth a serious look. Suppressor to look at are: Silencerco, Yankee Hill Machine
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  3. Grips
    Having a grip that feels comfortable can help improve your shooting and confidence. There is no shortage of great grips available and you can choose from an almost infinite array of styles.
    You can find grips from Bravo Company, MagPul, Ergo Grips and many others.
  4. Triggers
    Nowadays, its amazing you can buy custom triggers for the AR’s which is better than shooting the stock M4’s or M-16A1. Check out Timney and Rock River Arms.
  5. Raptor-Charging-Handle

  6. Charging Handles
    It’s amazing that you can install your own ambidextrous charging handle, back in the old military days, that was unheard of. Or, if you’re into competition, you can custom for those as well.
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  8. Optics
    Now with optics, there are tons to check out, but don’t be getting something for a sniper rifle. Because AR’s are not long range rifle used in hunting. One of the selling points of the AR platform is its ability to be highly accurate. To do that you need a great barrel, excellent trigger and an aiming system that can take advantage of those parts.
    The Trijicon ACOG has proven to be one of the most durable and preferred optics in the AR game.
  9. Ambidextrous Safety Selector
    If you’re a southpaw, you know this is a must have.
    Reaching around for the safety is more than a hassle, it’s a safety issue. Some ARs come with ambi safety setups. If yours doesn’t, adding one is simple.
  10. Stock
    You can’t own an AR without owning a custom stock. Well, you can. But why would you?
    The stock is what makes your rifle “yours.” It fits you, suits you and custom options abound.
    Blackhawk! offers a ton of options for custom stocks and installation is easy.
  11. Barrels
    Part of having a reliable and accurate AR is to have a good barrel, not the one that comes with when you first bought your AR, those are junk.
    Some of the benefits are: barrel can shave weight, improve performance and increase resale value.
    Daniel Defense has a full line of barrels that have proven popular with serious AR shooters.
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  13. Lights
    If your AR rigged for personal defense (and an AR does make for a great personal defense weapon), a tactical light is a great accessory.
    Advance design of the rail system on the AR platform makes mounting lights a breeze and there’s no shortage of companies offering top-notch tactical lights that are rugged and made to survive the recoil of a firearm.
  14. Receivers
    Owning an AR without changing uppers and lowers is sort of like owning a Ferrari and never driving it on the highway. Changing out the upper or lower receiver on an AR is a breeze due to it’s simple component replacement. Most receivers will work on any AR but buying an upper/lower pair from the same company will typically eliminate any issues in fit and finish.

Tell us about your favorite accessories on your AR below.

Source: Tony Hansen, Daniel Defense, Blackhawk, Troy Industries, Trijicon ACOG, Timney, Bravo Company, MagPul, Ergo Grips, SilencerCo

Photographs: Ar15.com, Raptor, SureFire

Benefits of the U.S. Survival AR-7 Rifle

Originating in the late 50’s, the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle was designed by Eugene Stoner who was known as the father of the AR-16. Eventually, the design was sold to other manufactures. Today’s AR-7 .22 is manufactured solely in the U.S.and has evolved in many ways. Its design changes and updated manufacturing controls have provided advancement in this unique rimfire. Some of the improvements include a new barrel bushing which has increased the feeding reliability. In addition, the magazines have been upgraded which also improves feeding. The magazines are now manufactured from steel and have an eight-round capacity with a feed ramp that guides each round into the chamber.

Acquired by Henry Repeating Arms in 1997, the U.S. Survival AR-7 has a long list of benefits that make it one of the first choices in survival rifles. The president of the company states that the new version is the most reliable of the AR-7’s. As far as strict versatility, besides carrying the most popular cartridge in the world, it has many other outstanding qualities.

.22 Cal
While there is no single best weapon for every situation, the .22 rifle is the perfect survival weapon for the majority of circumstances. First of all, you probably can’t find a more accessible gun in the U.S. or Canada. Most shooters learn on a .22 and are familiar with how it works. Since it is so common, it doesn’t have as many restrictions as other caliber weapons. Any place that sells ammunition, you are going to be able to find .22 rimfire ammo.


Some of the other features that make it an ideal survival weapon are that it requires less cleaning and maintenance than a centerfire. How many of us have left a .22 sitting in a closet and pulled it out years later. It still works! In addition, the low weight of both the rifle and its ammo are a definite advantage. You can carry 500 .22 rounds for the same weight of 25 12 gauge shells. It does its job on any small game as well as animals the size of large deer. There are reported accuracy shots of 300 plus yards and it has enough retained energy to neutralize prey.

Let’s talk about convenience in dismantling and stowing. The .22 AR-7 can be dismantled quickly and without tools. The main components are the barrel, magazine and receiver. These can be stowed in the ABS plastic stock which is both waterproof and dust-resistant. The receiver is made of aluminum while the 16-inch barrel is made of a steel liner cased in a composite housing. The rifle can be stowed in a backpack or in the trunk of a car, all wrapped up neatly in its polymer stock.

As far as ease of shooting goes, the sights on the AR-7 are easy to see due to their bright orange color. The rear sight has a tube built into the receiver. If it was alone, it would work like a ghost ring, but it has a cap which is similar in size to a Popsicle stick, that screws into the back of the receiver. It can be flipped so the two holes, one set wider and one set narrower, can be used. It can also be adjusted for personal preference either up or down.

Stacking against Other
Ease of handling, reliability, easy break down and good shooting, how does the .22 AR-7 stack up to other survival rifles? On the higher end, there are several rifles that will cost you 2 to 5 times as much as the AR-7. Starting in the $700 range is the Armalite AR7. The Armalite Explorer runs in the $800 range. Your Windham Weaponry runs in the high $800’s and the POF Upper DPMS Sniper Stock will set you back $1,500, just to list a few. The disadvantages of these weapons is that there are many restrictions buying not only the guns but the ammo as well. They are difficult to break down and store and they require lots of maintenance. They do not store easily, are not compact, and the weapons and the ammo are heavy. One more advantage of the .22 AR-7 over the other guns is that there is no recoil. It can be handled by someone with health issues or by novices.

When it comes to pest control, a good air rifle is good enough to scare off rodents. However, you can fire your .22 and scare off even medium sized animals with a few well-placed shots. Sending a safe warning shot off in the correct direction will discourage poachers or thieves without spending money on high-cost ammo. Remember to respect the gun laws and don’t fire in any situation that goes against gun regulations. However, in the case of having to put down a wounded animal, butchering, or a mercy killing of a sick animal, the AR-7 fits the bill for all those scenarios.

The AR-7 survival rifle has been the first choice of the U.S.Air Force pilots since 1959. They knew this small-caliber rifle could be counted on for survival in remote areas. It has built its reputation on ease of operation, portability and reliability. It is a favorite for backpackers, adventurers and even bush pilots. It is an all-purpose, affordable, easy to use and effective survival rifle.

Story by J Hines
Photos by Wiki

Source: Hickok45 Youtube and Wiki

Jack and Master Of All Trades

[su_heading]The Legacy Of British Gun Maker Giles Whittome[/su_heading]

Story by Jim Dickson * Photographs by Giles Whittome

When we think of the leaders among quality gun makers of the British Isles we tend to think of names like Purdey and Holland and Holland, but these men have been dead for over a hundred years. Only their firms survive. For innovative leadership we must look to individuals in the trade today, and certainly no one has been a more innovative gunmaker than Giles Whittome.

Giles whittome is famous for creating giant 2-gauge single-shot rifles. His 26-pound, 2-bore rifles are the largest and most powerful sporting rifles ever made.

Giles is famous for his giant 2-gauge single-shot rifles. His 26-pound, 2-bore rifles are the largest and most powerful sporting rifles ever made. They are capable of shooting a half pound of lead backed by a 24-dram powder charge. That is eight times the bullet weight and eight times the powder weight of a standard Brenneke 12-bore torpedo slug. This gun is capable of shooting a heavier charge than a shooter can actually handle so every customer has to work up to their maximum load capabilities.
Giles stands 6-foot, 5 inches, and is quite accustomed to shooting big-bore guns. He remains the only man to have ever fired a 24-dram load through this gun. He pronounced it lethal at both ends.
The 2-bore has a frontal area of 1.05-inch in diameter and greater power than five .600-caliber nitro express bullets hitting at once. It gives a new meaning to the term stopping power. Technically, this is actually a cannon. Swivel cannons were usually 4-bore because anything heavier tended to rip them out of their mounting on a ship’s rail. The recoil of a 4-bore is 295 foot pounds. This gun is twice that size, but no one has ever computed the recoil of a 2-bore. Suffice it to say that the a 4-core recoil is pleasant by comparison.
Proof firing shook the entire London Proof House building, and even with the smoke extractors running, visibility in the room was only one foot 20 minutes after the test. It was truly a moment to remember for everyone present.
The huge action was copied from an old Alexander Henry harpoon gun. The standard two-bore is a rifle Whittome would be glad to make a smoothbore version of for anyone who wants the option of firing harpoons; he can also supply any sort of harpoon or bomb lance required for it. A smoothbore 2-bore would be quite a deck sweeper when loaded with buckshot, and would lose very little practical hunting accuracy, because large dangerous game is not shot at long ranges.

photos of Giles Whittome shooting an original Maxim silencer on a Walther .22 rifle originally designed for use with silencers. While normally a semi-auto this gun readily converts to manual operation for maximum silencing.

In other arenas and as one of the last experts on the Paradox ball-and-shot guns, Whittome has made new headway in increasing the accuracy of an already accurate and useful weapon. The old accuracy standard was 2½ minute of angle at 50 yards and a handspan at 100. Whittome has managed to shrink that to 4½ MOA at 110 yards. He is one of the few men in the gun trade who understands the rifling subtleties a Paradox gun requires and the secret of regulating its barrels, which is so different from a double rifle. This is still considered a trade secret, and I am not at liberty to divulge it.
Whittome often traveled to Africa for large game, and has had to fight off hyenas. A hyena can take a prize away from any hunter, and keeping them at bay is a lot harder than folks might imagine.
He has had the pleasure of hunting with a dog and a cheetah that had been raised together, and were inseparable. If the cheetah didn’t come when Whittome called for him, he would command the dog to “Kamata duma,” which means catch cheetah in Swahilli. The dog would then go sit on the cheetah until Whittome arrived. Cheetahs are prone to rickets, so Whittome would give it a calcium tablet and a spoonful of cod-liver oil every day to keep it in perfect health and subsequently gave it a shiny coat.

In England using a silencer is considered just good manners so as not to upset the neighbors. A trait many Americans would appreciate.

This trio kept the jackals off of the local golf course, and brought many hares to bag. Catching a hare is easy for a cheetah.
Whittome once saw a Swedish missionary and his wife on a motorcycle running at top speed — over 60 miles per hour — trying to get away from the Cheetah, which was easily running beside them having a good time. The riders just didn’t know what a big pussycat it was, and probably imagined a meaneater was after them.
The famous African snake man, Ionides, was a friend and Whittome often helped him gather poisonous snakes such as black mambas and gaboon vipers to get their venom, which was sold to drug companies for anti-venom. He was a gifted linguist capable of communicating in English, French, Swahili, Italian, German, Swedish and some Danish, Norwegian, Greek and Latin. He served as a second lieutenant in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry where he saw combat during the Cypris Rebellion and hunted Greek Cypriot terrorists, and for many years he taught the British military how to use exotic machineguns.

The Paragon, a Whittome creation, is one of the most 12-gauge sidelock double ever made. It features a unique double front and rear trigger system. The front trigger fires the right then left barrel in with successive pulls, and the rear trigger fires the left barrel only.

In terms of guns Whittome is responsible for The Paragon, perhaps the most elaborate and best quality12-gauge sidelock double ever made. It has every bell and whistle the gun trade can put on a gun:
– The barrels are nitro proofed Damascus steel, and the gold inlays and embellishments are the maximum allowed by good taste.
– There is a rare and desirable disappearing flush-lock detaching, lever which is flipped up by a thumb, and then unscrewed to remove the sidelocks, as opposed to the protruding projection on the lock screw normally found. They can snag on brush and begin unscrewing at the wrong times.
– The pinless locks have blind holes on the inside instead of being drilled all the way through where they can interfere with the artwork of the engraver.

The Paragon, a Whittome creation, is one of the most 12-gauge sidelock double ever made. It features a unique double front and rear trigger system. The front trigger fires the right then left barrel in with successive pulls, and the rear trigger fires the left barrel only.

– The self-opening action operates whether or not a barrel has been fired, and the strikers are made of stainless steel.
– The double triggers are unique. They function as both single and double triggers. The front trigger will fire the right then the left barrel in turn with successive pulls, while the rear trigger fires the left barrel only.
– The grip and forend have borderless checkering, and the skeleton buttplate is blued and gold inlaid. The frontsight is a solid gold Labrador retriever’s head with faceted diamond eyes.
– The snap caps are made of Damascus steel.
– The velvet-lined rosewood case is quite airtight and emits an audible “whoosh,” as air is expelled when it closes. It has its own velvet-lined canvas to protect it, and embeded inside the case are the Damascus steel snap caps, a horn-snapping block, three fitted screwdrivers and an ivory-handled chamber cleaning brush along with a three-section hardwood cleaning rod with engraved ferrules. There is a circular patch box carved with a high-relief elephant’s head and a ruby for its eye. Also included is a striker box, two glass bottles — one for gun oil and the other for stock oil — an extractor, a gauge and sundries.
All in all this is perhaps the single most elaborate example of the gunmaker’s art produced in the 20th century.

Today, Whittome hunts mostly in his native England normally using a silencer on his rifles because they are not only legal in England, but it is just considered good manners not to disturb the peace with a rifle’s report when good silencers are readily available. To the English a rifle without a silencer is like an automobile without a muffler.

Whittome’s 2-bore rifles are capable of shooting a half pound of lead backed by a 24-dram powder charge.

His interests are varied. He has flown state-of-the-art fighter jets in Russia just outside of Moscow, and made his own horn to play in an orchestra. He is currently preparing to make his own bronze-age sword under the tutelege of one of the last sword masters in England.
If you buy a gun from Giles Whittome you are not only getting one of the finest guns made in the British Isles, you are also dealing with perhaps the most colorful gunmaker that the gun trade has ever known. ASJ

Author’s note: If you would like to contact Giles Whittome, you can call him in England at 011 (441) 76-324-8708.

Interview With Mark Gordon

Interview With Mark Gordon

Owner of Short Action Customs

Precision Rifle Series

 Interview by Steve Joseph

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Bartlein 30 cal, 1 to 10-inch twist, M40 contour barrel, chambered in .308WIN, cut down to 24 inches and threaded 5/8 x 24 with SAC’s custom thread protector.

The American Shooting Journal spoke with Mark Gordon, owner and founder of Short Action Customs. They build precision rifles specifically designed for the ultimate in discerning and elite shooters. Gordon is also the lead sponsor for today’s top Precision Rifle Series shooter David Preston. Here is what Gordon had to say:

American Shooting Journal How did you first get involved with the Precision Rifle Series?

Mark Gordon I got started with PRS as a precision-rifle builder to see what our rifles would have to go through. Most importantly, it was to see what the shooters demanded out of their rifles and what they needed to be successful. The bottom line is these rifles have to work every time without fail, be extremely accurate and practical to use in the field.

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Manners T5A right-hand stock with a signature SAC rifle-pillar bedding, and finished with desert-digital camo from Custom Gun Coatings.

ASJ What is it that is creating such explosive growth with competition precision shooting?

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An MMI Tru-Tec Melonite action and bolt, which prevents any galling of the metal and increases lubricity.

MG I believe it’s because these shooters have a desire to be proficient with their equipment and they want to know their limits. With a mixture of classic prone shooting and demanding positional shooting, the competitors are exposed to a large spectrum of disciplines at these matches. Lastly, the best place to do that is under strict time limits and lots of stress while other competitors watch. With many more club and national-level matches popping up all over the country, you can expect the sport to grow exponentially.


ASJ You currently sponsor the number one shooter in PRS. Tell us more about how that happened.

MG We started our first rifle build for David Preston in early 2014 after developing a relationship with him from previous PRS matches. At that time, Preston was familiar with our rifles and what they were capable of. Luckily for me he wasn’t shooting for a team at the time. We spoke on a few occasions, and I offered him a position on our team. After many rounds fired, rifles rebarreled and matches shot, Preston really started shooting to his potential. We do our very best to keep reliable and accurate rifles in the hands of PRS shooters so they can do their job.

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Short Action Customs Alpha 11 action with an integral 20 MOA scope base, an integral recoil lug and an M16 extractor. The magazine well is cut for Accuracy International AW magazines.

ASJ Your company, Short Action Customs, builds a lot of custom rifles. What is your favorite build?

MG There are two types of rifle builds that we love doing the most. The first is when a customer tells us to just do what we think is best. This allows us to take all of the leading-edge technology and components that we would use on our own builds and build the rifle we would want. It is great to have that kind of trust and confidence with our customers.

The second type of rifle build that we enjoy is when customers have us build rifles using components from manufacturers that we have not been exposed to. The parts industry is growing so fast, and as with any rifle build, it’s only going to be as good as the foundation it’s built on. So we really enjoy working with new components and learning about all the latest products.

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Timney 520 Calvin Elite trigger with an Accu-Shot BT17 bipod rail and a their model BT10LW17 quick-detach bipod.

My personal favorite rifle build is configured to be agile, medium weight and run smoothly. We run Defiance Machine integral scope base and recoil lug actions called the Alpha 11, Manners Composite Stocks T6A 100 percent carbon-fiber stocks and Remington Varmint-contoured barrels from Bartlein Barrels. We typically finish these rifles with custom paint from Custom Gun Coatings. ASJ

Editor’s note: You can visit Short Action Customs at shortactioncustoms.com.


Time Capsule: Remington Model 742

Story and Photographs by Tom Claycomb III

If you research Benjamin Franklin, he had a lot of good quotes. The one that I really like is

“Don’t be the first to embrace the new nor the last to discard the old.”

I’m an outdoor writer so I test a lot of new gear. Every year the manufacturers bombard us with things that we cannot live without. I’m a willing victim! But, hey, what’s wrong with the bow, gun, tent and backpack that I bought last year and which was supposed to be the latest and greatest?

When I think back to 50 years ago I’m reminded of the above. My father told me his Remington Model 742 was a great deer rifle. In case you didn’t know, the 742 is a semiautomatic. He dropped two bucks within seconds of each other numerous times. His theory was that with one shot, the deer can’t pinpoint where the sound came from, but if you’re shooting a bolt-action rifle, the second buck will pinpoint you when you rack in the second bullet. He will be long gone before you get that shot in.

The Remington 742, also known as the Woodmaster, is a semiautomatic rifle that was produced by Remington Arms from 1960 until 1980. It featured a rotary breech block and side-ejection port, as well as a free-floating barrel.

So of course, my first rifle was a Remington 742 BDL Custom Deluxe that I bought with the earnings from my newspaper route. Years later, everyone made fun of me for having a semiauto since they don’t group as well as a bolt-action. I was ridiculed for years, despite shooting my first five to 10 turkeys in the head with it – and some of those were up to 140 paces away. It couldn’t have been too inaccurate.

Eventually, I was convinced that I needed to upgrade to a Remington 700 bolt-action. I got it and was proud as a peacock. But then a few years later, the AR-15 craze hit and became the new rage. Maybe Dad was right after all. Semiauto long rifles are the ticket. Everyone should have just listened to him 55 years ago.

I guess I’ll just always be out of style. Now I carry a bolt-action like some prehistoric cave-dwelling hunter while everyone else is carrying souped-up, tricked-out AR-15s. Maybe I’m just destined to be a nerd. Maybe I need to re-read the ol’ Ben Franklin quote “ … don’t be the last to discard the old.” Sometimes I’m so far ahead that I’m behind. And sometimes I’m so far behind that I end up being ahead. ASJ

Photo 1 Remington 742 Tom Claycomb III
The author’s first Remington 742 BDL Custom Deluxe.