Turn-of-the-Century Remington Inspires Craftsmen to Create One-of-a-kind Firearm for American Custom Gunmakers Guild’s Fund-raiser

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Author Charles G. Semmer calls the Remington E Grade, Model 1894, “one of the finest engraved and appointed shotguns ever made in America.” Little wonder, then, why a team selected from among members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) chose it as inspiration for Project 27, created for “Promoting the artistry of fine custom firearms.”

The line between artistry and functionality is a fine one that challenges artists and craftsmen alike. Few have met that test of time and talent as well as the team that re-created a turn-of-the-century Pigeon Gun as Project #27, the 2012 American Custom Gunmakers Guild’s “Gun of the Year.”

The exclamation point to the Pigeon Gun’s artistic achievement came when it was announced that the tastefully embellished firearm was to be featured on the cover of a new custom gun calendar, which can be seen at http://www.ACGG.org.

According to its creators, the Pigeon Gun is based on a Remington Model 1894 FE Trap Grade 12 gauge double shotgun, an offering that a gun lover might have special ordered from Remington in the early 1900s.

Charles G. Semmer, author of “Remington Double Shotguns,” called the E Grade, Model 1894, “one of the finest engraved and appointed shotguns ever made in America.” A catalog advertisement from the time period stated that the Remington’s “Shooting Qualities Are Unexcelled.”

The handcrafted gun, which is being offered as part of the Guild’s annual fund-raiser, was painstakingly re-created by an elite team carefully selected from among ACGG’s membership. Details on how to become Project # 27’s owner can be found at http://www.ACGG.org.

“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.

However, team members did not want to construct a dust-gathering “museum piece.”

“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.”

Guild members chosen to build 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 handtools 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 Project #27 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.”

The Pigeon Gun, offered as part of the Guild’s annual fund-raiser, will come with a leather hard case with a canvas protective case.

Details about how to own ACGG Project #27 are available at http://www.ACGG.org. For more information, 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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