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Neglected Genius

neglectedgeniusNewton1919catalogIn the general rush to commemorate the beginning of the Great War in 1914, a number of lesser anniversaries have been ignored. For American shooters, one that deserves to be remembered is the birth, and death, of the Newton rifle company of Buffalo, New York. Continue reading Neglected Genius


Half a dozen years ago, at the annual convention of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild, some enthusiasts assembled a collection of custom rifles built during the 1920s and ’30s.

wielandsedgleyThe man largely responsible was Michael Petrov, an Alaska oil worker whose hobby was documenting the work of early stock- and barrel makers who laid the foundation for the custom-rifle business as it exists today. Petrov wrote a series of articles for a now-defunct magazine, and these were later published in two anthologies. Continue reading A WAITING TREASURE