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 millionaires—well, we don’t know about you anyway—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 you’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. You’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 Winchester’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.