Now and then, a gun guy will catch a glimpse of a truly unique firearm among reviews of polymer pistols or tacticool rifles. These beautiful works of art are a testament to old-style craftsmanship, but the price tag is usually just under a second mortgage. In those instances, we can only dream of what we’d snatch up had our bank accounts been bottomless; oh, the treasures we’d stash our safes with.
Alas, we’re not millionairesâ€”well, we don’t know about you anywayâ€”so our only option is to sit and let our minds drift to that phrase we’ve uttered far too often: “If only.” You may have real-world responsibilities to take care of, but while we can still dream, here are some incredible custom rifles you only wish you could own.
Average build time? About a month per rifle. How do you get one? You might get really lucky and find one for sale at a high-end online auction. More likely youâ€™ll have to join the Contemporary Longrifle Association, attend the annual meeting in Lexington, Ky., meet the man himself, and in person convince him to build you a rifle. Youâ€™ll never regret it.
Best of all to aficionados with a distinct opinion of how traditional Winchesters should look, the top tang has had the tang safety removed and filled; the hammer has been altered to have a traditional half cock. Stocks are finished with Winchesterâ€™s original formula. The receiver, lever, fore-end cap and swivel studs have been case colored; the barrel and magazine tube have been rust blued, and the remaining parts have been charcoal blued. Price is $7,500, and worth every penny.