Steven Dodd Hughes

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Steven Dodd Hughes has been earning a living making custom guns for a long time. I’ve known him for more than 20 years, and he was doing it when I met him. Early on in his gun making career, he decided he wanted no part of the bolt-action rifle-making clan. Instead, he decided to concentrate on single-shot rifles, lever-action rifles, and double-barrel shotguns. If he has made anything other than those since I’ve known him, I’m unaware of it. Steve is also a writer and an excellent photographer. Shown here is an example of his current work. He started the project with a Hagn falling-block action, which he recontoured, including the lever and the trigger. Ralf Martini did the octagon barrel with integral full-length rib, quarter rib, and front sight base. Martini also fitted and chambered the barrel for the .280 Remington cartridge. Hughes then crafted the lovely stock from a very good stick of English walnut and checkered it 25 lines per inch in a pleasing point pattern with beveled borders. Finally, it was turned over to Diane Scalese for her outstanding rose and scroll engraving pattern. The result of all this artistry speaks for itself. Photo by Steven Dodd Hughes

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  1. There is nothing even remotely PIGish about the MAS45!!! It is an elegant, accurate, very well made .22 training rifle. It may well have been made in France, but it was made on Mauser tooling. They are even more remarkable having been designed during the War. Reconsider your prejudice – you are very wrong with this one.