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Custom Riflemakers

Postby 3dtestify » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:56 pm

From all my reading of Jack's custom rifles, I've never been able to determine if he ever commissioned or owned custom rifles by either Jerry Fisher, Dale Goens or Tom Shelhamer. Any thoughts?
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby Arctosman » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:52 am

Great question about some well known American gunsmiths. Maybe Brad knows something about his father's potential use of rifles from these renowned rifle makers...?
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby bradford » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:05 pm

Arctosman wrote:Great question about some well known American gunsmiths. Maybe Brad knows something about his father's potential use of rifles from these renowned rifle makers...?


Dad was a great admirer of Jerry Fisher's stocks, but I think Dad owned only one, a .30/06 in a M70 action. I hope to see Fisher at the Dallas Safari Club convention this month. I will ask him if there are any other rifles he stocked for Dad. Beside the many stocked by Biesen and Millrion, other stocfk-makers contributed to Dad's arsenal, including Johnson, Richardson, Brownell, Linden and Gates.
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby 3dtestify » Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:39 pm

Brad, did you have any luck connecting with Jerry Fisher at the DSC convention?
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby bradford » Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:58 am

3dtestify wrote:Brad, did you have any luck connecting with Jerry Fisher at the DSC convention?


Unfortunately, I did not.
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby Arctosman » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:27 pm

Brad,

I know of your photo mastery, did you get any photos from Dallas Safari Club worth sharing?
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby Arctosman » Tue May 05, 2015 9:47 am

There are wonderful & abundant pictures of the O'Connor Center Team that traveled to visit this year's Dallas Safari Club Convention. Photos can be seen in the 1st Quarter issue of the 2015 Jack O'Connor Newsletter by JOC members.

The photos of visiting O'Connor team members and shooting sports celebrities are well worth the look! Jack's #1 and #2 rifles are pictured being displayed at the DSC Convention. Plus, photos of Jack's Pilot Mountain Ram and Herb Klein's beautiful Dall rams together for the first time since they were harvested!
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby stantdm » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:48 am

I have a letter in which the gunsmith who wrote it states that Jack sent along a Jerry Fisher grip cap to go on the 7x57 Ruger that he was having the new stock thinned down and reworked.

I have a stock that Bill Ruger gave to Jack. It had a 7x57 tang safety M77 in it and was a dandy piece of wood but very fragile due to the way the grain went. It was broken in shipment to Jack and Ruger sent a new one. To make a long story short, Jack gave the broken stock to a gunsmith in Delta Junction Alaska named Jay Frazier to keep when Frazier thinned down and reworked the Ruger replacement stock. I bought the repaired stock about 25 years ago and I am the fourth person to own it. Here is what it looks like:
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby Arctosman » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:14 pm

Stantdm,

What a great piece of firearms history and Fisher/O'Connor story!

So, from the looks of the picture you put your own M77 tang safety barreled action into the repaired O'Connor stock? It's got to be a special rifle to you. If you've got a close up picture of stock it would be great if you could put it on forum.

I was awe struck last June when Jerry Fisher showed up at the O'Connor Center shindig in Lewiston, ID. I got to meet him and to talk to him about several of his custom rifles he brought to the gun show on Saturday. Right now, I think of Jerry Fisher as the godfather of custom American stock makers. It would be wonderful if he attends this years O'Connor Day celebration again.
Here's a photo of Jerry Fisher at the Writer's Round Table last June at the O'Connor Center. Then a snapshot of a custom cased Mauser rifle Jerry displayed at gun show.
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Re: Custom Riflemakers

Postby stantdm » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:41 pm

Arctosman,

Here are a few photos I took indoors with flash. Not the best, but hopefully they will give you an idea of the stock and the grip cap.

As you mentioned, I did put a tang safety M77 in the stock. It has been used quite a bit over the last twenty years.

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