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.
<h2>Dakota Arms Model 76 Traveler</h2>We aren’t as lucky as sportsmen of old; they used to dismount with style from a train, carrying their takedown gun case under their arm, cigar clamped firmly in the corner of their mouth. We get free caressing by trained TSA masseuses, and have to visit a worn rubber conveyor belt to pick up our bulky, cumbersome airline-approved rifle cases. Or do we? <a href="http://www.dakotaarms.com" target="_blank">Dakota Arms’</a> extraordinarily talented gunsmiths build startlingly beautiful takedown bolt-actions—like the <a href="http://www.dakotaarms.com/#!model-76/vstc4=traveler" target="_blank">Dakota Arms Model 76 Traveler</a>—that fit in a box the size of an oversize briefcase. Better yet, you can have two barrels fit to your action. How about a .300 H&H barrel paired with a .375 H&H, anyone? Order yours with exhibition-grade Bastogne walnut, case hardening, and just a touch of fine engraving—after all, these are dream guns, right? Prices range from $4,500 up—way up, if you’re a gentleman of old-world taste and means.