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Classic Guns: Collecting Custom Rifles


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Tom Turpin’s new book, “Custom Rifles: Mastery of Wood and Metal” will be hitting the bookstores this month.  It’s a handsome hardcover and heavy with photos printed on glossy paper. Turpin takes the reader inside the workshop of one of the best custom riflemakers in the world: the David Smith Company.

In Turpin’s words, on this fine gunmaker: “To my knowledge, no other custom riflemaker has ever been featured in the Wall Street Journal – David Miller Co. has. No other custom gunmaker, to my knowledge, has ever been awarded the prestigious Robb Report “Best of the Best” Award even once– David Miller Co. has received it twice. Only a few custom riflemakers have ever had their creations featured on the cover of a widely circulated magazine even once. David Miller Co. has been featured on covers twenty-one times, nationally and internationally.”

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