Modern Shooter: The Marvelous Creations of Turnbull Restoration


Modern Shooter gets a first-hand look at the creation of functional art with a visit to Turnbull Restoration Company.

Face it, owning a piece of artwork is a dull proposition. Unless it’s one of the masterpieces created by Doug Turnbull.

Working in cold steel and hot gold, the master firearms restorationist and his team at Turnbull Restoration Company take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Beyond that, the guns that receive their once over are more than pretty faces, mere “wall-hangers.” They are 100-percent functional and ready for the toughest hunts and most rugged use. Honestly, what good would they be otherwise?

Turnbull (the man) practices what he preaches when it comes to utilizing what he creates. Showcasing a personally restored and customized Winchester 1886 rifle, the master craftsman proudly proclaims it does more than demonstrates his talent. With more than 70 animals to its name, it proves a dependable hunting rifle.

A point of pride, Turnbull’s team customizes guns exactly to the owner’s specifications. Most opt for the company’s vivid color-case hardening, a signature of the firearms virtuosos. But as far as engraving and inlays are concerned, Turnbull will put scrollwork down to the screw heads if requested. Simply put, the sky is the limit when a gun goes under his studied eye and steady hand.

Beauty, function and reliability. Doug Turnbull’s results speak for themselves.

Catch the rest of Turnbull’s incredible creations in this episode of Modern Shooter 10:00 p.m. EST Friday on the Pursuit Channel. The episode rebroadcasts Monday at 12 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. EST.

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