Project team creates a turn-of-the-century Pigeon Gun for 2012 ACGG Fund-raiser

Share Article

Artistry meets functionality in The Pigeon Gun, the 27th Project offered by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild ( This finely crafted firearm was designed by its makers to represent a period piece double shotgun based on what a gun lover might have special ordered from Remington in the early 1900s.

Most “time machines” are just a hodge-podge of blinking lights, odd shapes and spinning wheels – the result of an over-active imagination. But, occasionally, a group of talented craftsmen come together and re-create an object from another era that is so intricately compelling that an observer might indeed wonder if he (or she) had slipped back the clock a century, or so.

Team members for the American Custom Gunmakers Guild ( Project #27 have done just that, using as their inspiration an E Grade, Model 1894 Remington Double Shotgun, described by experts as “one of the finest engraved and appointed shotguns ever made in America.”

This painstakingly handcrafted “Pigeon Gun,” created by an elite team selected from among ACGG’s experienced membership, is being offered as part of the Guild’s annual fund-raiser. The firearm will come with a leather hard case with a canvas protective case. More information about Project #27 is available at

“The team agreed that it was to be a period piece, a gun that you could have special ordered from Remington at that time,” said Project Chairman Pete Mazur.

But that wasn’t all.

“It was also to be a ‘Shooter’,” Mazur emphasized. “We wanted tasteful embellishment that the owner would be proud of, but functional so he would not be afraid to shoot it. I believe we have achieved our goal.”

Team members for Project #27 were:

J. Peter Mazur, Project Chairman, Grass Valley, CA, who provided a Remington Model 1894 FE Trap Grade “parts gun,” manufactured in 1910.

E. Larry Peters, Metalsmith, Odessa, WA, who used hand tools to file and sculpt the action surfaces and remove the original F Grade engraving.

Douglas Mann, Stockmaker, St. Anne, IL, who selected a well-seasoned walnut stockblank that had been cut in 1975.

Kenny Majors, Engraver, Lake Arrowhead, CA, who detailed the project, including the scene of a live pigeon shoot on the belly of the gun.

The gun’s barrels were honed by Dennis Potter of Muskego, WI. The frame, trigger plate and forend iron were color case hardened by Doug Turnbull of Bloomfield, NY.

Majors, the engraver, summed up his feelings about the project this way: “My only hope is that the future owner of our gun will spend many happy hours enjoying and shooting a gun that meant so much to me.”

Details about how to become the owner of ACGG Firearm Project # 27 are at For more information, call (307) 587-4297.

ABOUT ACGG: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild is a non-profit organization based in Cody, WY, 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.


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Visit website