Functionality Meets Beauty With Rifle Offered in Custom Gunmakers Guild’s Raffle

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“A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle” is part of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild’s ongoing efforts to promote the artistry of custom firearms. The handcrafted rifle is being raffled off as a fund-raiser for the non-profit organization. For details, visit

The American Custom Gunmakers Guild ( is raffling off “A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle," a highly adorned yet fully functional firearm that’s designed as the perfect companion for a serious safari.

Since 1985 the Wyoming-based nonprofit organization has offered one-of-a-kind firearms, each created by an elite team of craftsmen selected from among its membership. That first project was a .270 Grisel Mauser.

The raffle rifles are part of the Guild’s stated goal of increasing public awareness and appreciation for quality custom firearms and promoting custom gunmaking as an accepted art form.

The ACGG #26 project team consists of Tony Fleming, Glenn Morovits and Larry Peters. They chose to design a working double rifle that would feel right at home in the bush.

“For this particular project we envisioned this as being a working double gun, similar to something an English officer might have taken off to Africa or India a hundred and some years ago,” said Steve Nelson, the project’s chairman.

The starting point for #26 was a robust Searcy action. Metalsmith Tony Fleming of Sparks, NV, worked the action to achieve the look of an early twentieth century boxlock express rifle, a popular choice among professional hunters during that period.

Stockmaker Glenn Morovits, Newell, SD, crafted the Turkish Walnut stockblank, a high-quality wood chosen for its overall dark background with subtle contrast and dense grain.

After considerable research, engraver Larry Peters of Odessa, WA, created a handsome English scroll in keeping with theme of a traditional double.

“Larry did an absolutely wonderful job of creating an English scroll,” said team member Glenn Morovits.

Ticket sales for “A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle" are limited to 4,000 and cost $20 each. There is no limit to the number of tickets an individual may purchase. The winner does not have to be present to win. All state and federal laws apply, and federal tax will be collected before the firearm is delivered, organizers said.

Included with the ACGG #26 will be a Galazan classic English oak and leather trunk case, donated by project chairman Steve Nelson. The case was modified by Fleming to fit the rifle and include the cleaning rod and oil bottle.

The drawing for "A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle" will take place Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. For more information about Project #26, visit or call (307) 587-4297.

About ACGG: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild is a non-profit organization that advances the art of custom gunmaking by increasing public awareness and appreciation for quality custom firearms and promoting custom gunmaking as an accepted art form.


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