After months of planning, designing, prototyping, machining and crafting, the Ryan Breeding World Heritage Rifle honoring Oceania is coming together in Idaho. Breeding’s unique work of art is a magnum Mauser designed to take down Oceania’s largest game animal, the water buffalo. As of September 15, the gun is still is in the white (barrel not blued) with some engraving, partial metalwork and partial woodwork. Because Breeding controls all aspects of the design and manufacturing process, including wood and metal work, this piece will arrive at the Safari Show finished, sighted in and ready to perform.
Upon learning that he had been selected to design and build the fourth in the five-rifle World Heritage Series, Breeding knew he wanted to create a truly unique piece. “I’ve made a lot of custom guns in my day, but this gun is totally something that I have never done before,” said Breeding. That is a remarkable statement coming from a craftsman who has spent a lifetime building custom rifles. Breeding shot for the moon with the Oceania by including a bevy of customized features:
- Breeding worked closely with the TechHelp Team at the Boise State New Product Development Lab to devise clever ways to hide all of the gun’s screws. The trigger is recessed into a pocket in the trigger guard and set back to create a streamlined custom look and to provide extra finger protection. The trigger guard also includes a unique fail safe catch.
- The barrel sites are integral to the barrel. Each is a custom Breeding part that was machined down from a two-inch blank.
- Breeding created a custom look by including extended tangs top and bottom. Other custom Breeding designs include a folding hood front sight and bottom metal work that features a recessed guard that is set back in to create a one-piece molded look.
Breeding tipped his hat to Oceania and its largest game animal by including a forend tip made of Asian buffalo horn surrounded by custom metal work. The buffalo horn tip is a unique touch that puts an exclamation point on the gun’s theme.
Though Breeding could have saved time and money working from stock parts, he was intent on creating a truly unique rifle. “I build every gun for me, especially this one,” said Breeding.
As the rifle comes together, Breeding would like to honor craftsmen who are contributing to the work:
- Granite Mountain Arms of Phoenix, Arizona made the gun’s custom action.
- Lee Griffiths of Hyde Park, Utah is responsible for engraving.
- Julian & Sons of Heber Springs, Arkansas are creating a credenza for the gun.
- Gun photos are provided by Jason Murphy of Hill Photography Studio in Kuna, Idaho.
- The Federal Cartridge Company will provide custom made ammo along with a custom box and case.