American Custom Gunmakers Proudly Presents ACGG #24 "The Special Hornet" - .22 Hornet Winchester Low Wall

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary year ACGG continues their dedication to the advancement of the art of custom gunmaking showcasing the next firearm project ACCG #24. This year's spectacular collaboration is a perfect small game and fun recreational shooting gun which will be raffled off during the Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition held from January 23-25, in Reno, NV.

Each year a lucky $20 ticket holder wins a special project created to show the public the artistry of custom guns. Perhaps someone who might not be able to commission a custom firearm will be the proud owner of 'The Special Hornet'. ( The winner does not have to be present and is notified by phone. Ticket purchasers are mailed a numbered receipt and a color brochure. There is no limit of number of tickets each person can purchase.

ACGG Firearm #24 - The 'Special Hornet' is a well-balanced firearm of stockwork, metalwork and engraving. It will make a great using gun and fine addition to anyone's collection. The lucky winner (who does not have to be present) will be drawn on Sunday, January 25th, at the Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition at the Silver Legacy in Reno, Nevada.

Designed to be unique but with a traditional American action and cartridge, this #24 project was created as a Winchester 1885 .22 Hornet. It was styled similar to an original Winchester 'Special Single Shot'. As made by Winchester, the 'Special Single-Shot' was a deluxe target rifle. Standard features included a fancy checkered pistol grip stock with cheekpiece, Swiss buttplate, and target sights. While original Model 1885s were not chambered for .22 Hornet, they were chambered for the .22WCF, the Hornet's black powder-era parent case. The Hornet is a perfect match for the smaller #3 action size (low-wall) and has the advantages of readily available, economical ammunition and negligible recoil.

Model 1885 #106382A was built in 1913 as a Plain Sporting Rifle with a takedown frame and barrel. The "A" serial number suffix was applied to all coil spring Winchester single shots. Extensive metalwork by Roger Ferrell restored the 100 year-old action to factory new condition. Action work included annealing, draw filing, polishing and re-shaping of major components, including bending the lower tang. Originally made as a .25RF, the action was also converted to centerfire. Ferrell made the barrel from an unturned Douglas Premium .224 caliber, 14" twist blank, turning and milling a finished one-half octagon 28" barrel. The barrel was fitted with a dedicated Unertl 8x1-1/4" Varmint scope.

Metalfinishing is a combination of traditional color case hardening, slow rust bluing, nitre bluing, and French graying. After stocking and engraving, all previously annealed parts were final polished and color case hardened. The colors were removed completely from the receiver and selectively from the lever and buttplate to highlight engraving.

The American Black Walnut stock was crafted by Al Lind in a modified special single shot style. The exhibition crotch grain stock is checkered in 24 lpi in a modified point pattern with mullered borders and a ribbon in the forearm. Length of pull is 14-1/4" to a steel Swiss buttplate.

Engraver Jerome Glimm complemented the project with subdued and tasteful scroll covering the receiver, finger lever, lower tang and accent areas. The style is similar to work being done in the late 1800's. The engraving was completed using a chaser's hammer and gravers only, just as it was done during that time period. The Germanic scroll was inspired by work of Rudolph Kornbrath on a Winchester Hi-Wall. The ACGG logo ( is engraved on the buttplate.

The team collaborated with A.B.S. Mastersmith Hank Knickmeyer to make the rifle unique and emphasize the .22 Hornet. Knickmeyer, by precisely forging different alloys, artistically crafted Damascus steel with a pattern of hornets within rectangular borders. This steel was used to make screwless stock and forend inserts.

The Special Hornet is cased in a Marvin Huey oak and leather case with traditional turn screws, brush and oil bottle and a Damascus knife by Knickmeyer of the same steel and wood as the rifle. Hornets are visible throughout the blade.

The Craftspeople: Roger Ferrell Fayetteville, GA, Al Lind, Tacoma, WA and Jerome Glimm, Conrad, MT.

Enjoy the quality and artistry of the Guild Firearm Projects. Don't miss the chance to own one. To purchase a ticket send $20 each to: ACGG, 22 Vista View Ln, Cody, WY 82414, or visit the Guild's website and click on Firearms Raffle Project 'Click for Form to Purchase Raffle Ticket' to print out an application for a ticket. All state and federal laws apply. Void where prohibited.

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