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The M6 Scout: For When Things Go South

09/13/2022
Here's a cool one! We had this Springfield M6 Scout 22 LR / 410 gauge break-open combo gun in here for extraction issues. Chris did a quick clean, a hone & polish, and a successful test fire. The lil peashooter is now back in business! The original M6 Scout -- initially manufactured by the Ithaca Gun Company -- was issued to the US Air Force aircrews to help forage for food in the event of a plane crash. One of the unique traits of the M6 is the "squeeze-bar trigger". That part, including the hammer and barrel latch, are all designed to be easily operated while wearing heavy gloves or mittens. View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Ruger 77 25-06 | Breathing new life into a classic piece

08/19/2022
Even though dove season has yet to commence, some folks are already gearing up for deer season! 🦌 This Ruger M77 in .25-06 was in here for a top to bottom restoration. The guys stripped the original finish from the stock and gave it a hand-rubbed oil finish (the checkering is in perfect condition!). They bed and floated the barreled action into the stock to reduce any movement interfering in accuracy. The stripped stud holes were re-drilled and new studs were installed. Before the metalwork got underway, the rifle was thoroughly cleaned & lubed. The barreled action was stripped to white metal and reblued by Sterling. The aluminum trigger guard and floorplate -- which cannot handle the heat of the bluing tanks -- were instead Cerako...  Read More

JC Higgins: A pair of family heirlooms

06/29/2022
A customer brought a pair of JC Higgins plinkers to us -- a model 29 and 41 -- for top to bottom restorations. These were guns he shot as a kid, and he wants to pass them down to the next generation. We love doing these types of meaningful projects! 🥲 View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Browning BSS: A reformed shooter

06/29/2022
This Browning BSS 12 gauge side by side came into the shop with a pretty serious issue. The action had been forced open apparently due to part broken in the receiver and the lower receiver plate was bent out of shape. Chris reformed it back into position and lapped the two screws so they would fit flush into the plate. Final work included hone & polishing the chambers, a full clean & lube, and removing minor rust. Another one avoids the junk pile! 🙌 View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Revitalizing a Second Model Colt Lightning

05/06/2022
This small-frame Second Model Colt Lightning in 22 LR -- dated to 1903 -- was brought to our shop by a long-time Colt collector. This is merely one of the ten Lightning models he owns. 😮 He also dropped off an extra barrel that needed some serious work. The smiths managed to salvage the octagon barrel already installed in the rifle. It needed a good lapping, as well as a hone & polish. The rifle required some additional mechanical work to make it functional once again. As for the extra barrel... yikes. It came to us with the chamber and barrel totally shot out. Once the smith rechambered it and re-lined the barrel, it was as good as new! A LITTLE HISTORY: The Lightning was the first ever rimfire rifle Colt made from 1887-1904. In a...  Read More

Superposed Restoration #893843594583458: Does it ever get old? (the answer is no)

04/15/2022
The gunsmiths just finished restoring this gooooooooorrrrrrrgeous 1973 Browning Superposed 20 gauge. The wood: stunning. The metal: stunning. Bravo to our guys for absolutely knocking this project out of the park! 😍 View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Trigger jobs: Make pistol shooting more crisp

03/25/2022
These Kimber pistols -- a Custom Stainless II in 45 ACP and a Camp Guard 10 in 10mm -- were each in the shop for a clean & lube and a trigger job. After our smith gave them a good scrub-a-dub-dub, he passed them to Ron for the trigger work. When Ron performs a trigger job, he first examines the hammer & sear to ensure they have the correct dimensions in the engagement areas. If the two aren't in spec, they get replaced. Once that's determined, he stones the sear and hammer to square their engagement angles. The final step includes tweaking the pistol to get it to the final poundage. Ron lowered the pulls on these pistols from an initial 7-8 lbs down to a crisp 4.5 lb! View this post on Instagram A...  Read More

Classic Doubles: A tale as old as time

02/22/2022
This Classic Doubles 201 Field 20 gauge side by side already sold to a customer in Michigan, but I wanted to share the history of it anyway! As Ron tells it, when the Winchester Olin company got out of the shotgun business, (I believe they eventually sold most of their IP to Browning) a handful of the former Winchester execs decided to form their own company, Classic Doubles. They wanted to create a gun that both resembled a Winchester Model 21 with the improved features of a Winchester Model 23. The same plant in Japan that manufactured shotguns for Winchester continued making them for the Classic Doubles company. They were high-quality, well-made shotguns that cost a pretty penny back in the day. Unfortunately, consumers weren't willi...  Read More

Get rid of the creep: Installing a Timney trigger

01/12/2022
One of the simplest upgrades for a rifle is removing the creepy factory trigger and replacing it with an adjustable one from Timney Triggers. When I say creepy, I mean a trigger that feels coarse, gritty, jumpy -- basically anything the opposite of smooth and crisp. Creep filled triggers can also interfere with your shot and cause you to miss your target. This Remington 700 22-250 came to the shop for a clean & lube. While he was in the gun, the customer also had Chris install a new Timney into the rifle. Now, it's set at a crisp 3.5 lbs and smooth as buttah. 🎯 View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Browning Citori: A classic double gets Chris' over & under tune up

12/22/2021
This Browning Citori 12 gauge shotgun came to us with a broken screw in the forend iron and the top lever was grinding. It also needed an overall tune up to get it back in tip-top shape!Chris started by extracting the broken forend screw and replacing it with a new one. He then stoned the locking lugs and locking block to eliminate galling, cleaned & lubed all the internals and externals, and honed & polished the chambers. To increase the life of the firing pins, he machined and polished the noses. To insure a strong strike, he replaced both mainsprings. Finally, he replaced the top lever spring and stoned both the sear tails and inertia block steps. A final test fire and function check proved this Citori was back in business! ...  Read More

Ghost Sights: A way to make your home defense shotgun spookier

12/01/2021
We hooked this Remington 870 up with a new set of Trijicon Ghost Sights to make this home defense shooter a hair more accurate. Chris drilled & tapped the receiver for the rear sight installation. He then prepped the metal near the muzzle and installed the front sight. While he was working on the gun, he found the mag spring had collapsed and replaced it with a fresh one. The mag tube also needed a quick hone and polish. Intruders beware! View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Rara Avis: When Ron Talks Someone Out of Paying Him Money

10/16/2021
Got a fun one for y'all! This Remington 740 Woodsmaster in 300 Savage came to the shop for both a function check and a drill/tap to mount a scope on the action. We performed the function check but -- and this is a rare occurance -- Ron talked the customer out of the drill and tap. Why? Because this 740 is such a rare bird, especially when chambered in 300 Savage. Ron says tapping the receiver would spoil the value, both to collectors and as a piece of gun history. 🔸 Overall, the rifle's in great shape for its age.🔸 It has a low four digit serial number, making it a possible first year of production piece.🔸 300 Savage is a relatively unique caliber for a semi-auto platform.🔸 That little hole you see in the receiver shows the ejector reta...  Read More

A Whole Lotta Stevens Going On: When 13 Favorites Came to Our Shop

10/02/2021
A Service Shop customer brought in more than a dozen guns he inherited from his late father. Thirteen of them are Stevens Favorite single shot rifles in various calibers including 22 LR, 32 Rimfire and something we think is .44 Long (if you have any insight, please share!). Stevens introduced the Favorite model in 1889, roughly 2 years after they allegedly invented the .22 LR cartridge. The rifle's popularity exploded in Britain, where a large market for 'rook guns' existed for folks who wanted a method of pest control (rooks are in the crow family). 🐀🐇 Overall, about a million were produced and thirteen of them ended up in our shop! View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mccle...  Read More

Bringing Bisley Back: A full restoration of a Colt Single Action Army Bisley in 32 WCF

09/15/2021
This was suuuuuch a fun project! A customer brought a well-loved Colt Single Action Army Bisley revolver -- dated to 1911 -- in .32 WCF to our shop for a top to bottom restoration. The Bisley model was introduced in 1894 as a target pistol, and was named after a firing range in Bisley, England. The Bisleys differentiate from the Peacemakers with their longer grip, wider trigger, and wider hammer spur. 🌠 Sterling first attacked the metal. It wasn't in entirely terrible shape, but he needed to do a lot of polishing and prepping. You can see near the patent date and the 'Bisley Model' on the barrel he couldn't remove all the pits unless he sacrificed the engraving. I happen to like that since it keeps a little bit of history with the piece...  Read More

A Smith & Wesson Classic: Rebluing a 19-2 in 357 mag

09/01/2021
Sterling's back at it again! He reblued this Smith & Wesson 19-2 in 357 mag and gave it a perfect, new finish. He managed to keep all the engraving intact, which can be tricky. We also fit & installed a new set of oversized target grips on the revolver. I just never get tired of seeing these old Smith revolvers in the shop! 🥰 View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Viva Colt: When a Pancho Villa compatriot revolver walked into the Service Shop..

08/12/2021
When this Colt Single Action Army in 45 LC came into the Service Shop, little did we know about the amazing history behind the shooter. We initially noticed the hash marks on the grip. As we disassembled the revolver, we found 'Viva Villa' and a cross with the name Carranza etched onto the inside. We called the owner to tell him what we found and he was totally stunned. He told us the older man who pawned the revolver at one of his shops over 25 years ago would tell a story about how his grandfather ran with Pancho Villa back in the day. Apparently, the man used to pawn the Colt from time to time for quick cash, but one day, he never came back to retrieve it. Assuming the story is true, this piece of Mexican history witnessed so much! P...  Read More

A woodsmith's life for me: Remington 700 30-06 gets a new stock

07/28/2021
Buckle up! We're going a little into the woodworking weeds on this one! A good customer brought us a pair of 90% finished Fancy Turkish walnut stock blanks to install on a pair of his Remington 700s. The rifles featured dull, factory stocks that didn't quite match the engraving so he opted to jazz 'em up a little.Tom first inlet the stock to fit the action. With the action fit, he bed & floated the channel, which is something we do to improve accuracy. He then shaped the entire stock to give it a slimmer profile, as well as to make sure it was balanced.To make the stock one-of-a-kind, he reshaped the forend tip into the traditional 700 BDL look and the pistol grip to the customer specs. He then carved out a French-style cheekpiece wi...  Read More

A hog huntin' son-of-a-gun: Ruger American Predator 6mm Creedmoor + ATN ThOR

06/17/2021
A customer brought us his Ruger American Predator in 6mm Creedmoor to transform it into a sweet-shootin' hog gun. He wanted us to hook him up with two things: thermal vision and a silencer. Unfortunately, the silencer is currently held up in red tape (🙄 thanks ATF), so we can't show that juuuuust yet. The rifle came optics ready with a picatinny rail where we mounted an ATN ThOR 4 4.5-18x thermal scope with a set of 30mm Talley steel rings. The customer gave us a budget of $3500 for thermal and this was the scope he ultimately settled on. The ThOR 4 is one helluva scope y'all. It comes equipped with a rangefinder, a Gen 4 384x288 thermal sensor, WiFi/Bluetooth capabilities, and... drumroll... it records video. Thermal, like every other...  Read More

The Rifleman Revisited: Our Ode to Chuck Conners

06/02/2021
A customer asked us to replicate the Winchester 92 Chuck Conners carried in The Rifleman as a unique gift for his son who graduates from medical school soon. However, there was an extra twist to the project - since our customer wanted the caliber to be .30-30 instead of .44-40 Win, we had to track down a base model Winchester 94. Let me tell you, sourcing a Winchester 94 (or any lever action for that matter) was nigh impossible last year during the pandemic. After several months of searching, we at last acquired a used 94 plus all the components. Then the real work began. ⚡️ We fit, installed, and headspaced a new, period-correct 30-30 Win 20" barrel to replace the original, pitted barrel. We then installed a big loop lever followed by...  Read More

Winchester 12: A classic metal rejuvenation

05/18/2021
Winchester Model 12 shotguns are iconic pieces of American firearm history. We dated this one to 1939 and it was in overall pretty great shape for its age.This 12 gauge came to us for a full reblue, which is Sterling's department. He disassembled it and found a few additional things needed to be done prior to the rebluing process. The shotgun needed a chamber hone & polish and new magazine cap screws. Sterling also noticed the shotgun had headspace issues, which can be injurious or potentially deadly if not corrected. With Ron's help, he fabricated a new collar to correct the issue and make it safe to shoot.Once he did that, he stripped all the old finish off the metal and gave it a smooth polish on the wheel. Sterling, who's been re...  Read More

A history lesson: Astra M400 / 1921 9mm Largo

05/07/2021
This Astra M400 /1921 9mm Largo pistol came to us because it wasn't firing. @likenew_gunsmithing disassembled it and found it called for a serious clean and lube due to a layer of debris and rust that had obstructed several internal parts. Once he gave her a good scrub-a-dub, all functions checked out and it test fired a full magazine successfully with strong primer strikes. 👍 I looked up the technical aspects of the 9mm Largo cartridge and how it compared to the 9x19mm Luger because I'm pretty unfamiliar with the Largo round. The 9mm Largo cartridge (9×23mm Largo *technically* 🤓) was developed in 1901 for the Bergmann Mars pistol in Germany. Compared to the 9x19mm Luger, the Largo is a less powerful cartridge. And, in case it's not obv...  Read More

A head to toe transformation: Ruger AR-556

04/29/2021
Time to hit the range! We tricked out this Ruger AR-556 5.56 NATO rifle purchased from us with a ton of upgrades. The full ingredient list includes: ⚡️ In-house urban camo #Cerakote job by our Cerakote guru Tom⚡️ Timney AR-15 Competition trigger set to 3 lbs⚡️ Sig Sauer Romeo MSR red dot sight mount & boresighted⚡️ Battle Arms ambidextrous safety⚡️ Magpul M-LOK rails, magazine release and B.A.D. lever View this post on Instagram A post shared by McClelland Gun Shop (@mcclellandgunshop)  Read More

Ron's Rants & Raves: AR-15s & a Chuck Conners replica

04/20/2021
RANT | For years, I've grumbled the firearms industry lacks consistency when it comes to components. For example, the popularity of AR-15s exploded the aftermarket for furniture and parts, many of which are advertised as universal or drop-in. Well, as in life, this is the exception, not the rule. In reality, manufacturers don't follow a set group of standards. That can - not always - cause issues when different components are mixed and matched. One giant headache we've seen repeatedly in the Service Shop is cycling problems with customized AR builds. Each rifle is unique, so our in-house AR guru Chris has spent countless hours dissecting the interplay between ammo, gas ports, and gas blocks for solutions. Adding a suppressor into th...  Read More

A Browning Superposed back to its former glory!

04/09/2021
This Browning Superposed 12 ga (dated to 1961) came to the Service Shop for a cleaning and was also having selection issues. Chris tore it down and gave it a good clean & lube, removing rust and other gummed up oils. He replaced both mainsprings and the firing pins. He had to retrofit the firing pins to allow for proper protrusion for strong primer strikes. Chris then honed and polished both chambers and scrubbed corrosion from the bore. Finally, he stoned the inertia block shelf and sear tails to ease transition to the second barrel. The Superposed shined up like a new penny and no longer has selection issues. HUZZAH!Fun fact: Did you know the Superposed was the first over/under shotgun to be produced ever? Production started waaaay...  Read More