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Custom Rifles in Black & White Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0967554310 ISBN-10: 0967554314 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Fandango Pr; 1st edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967554314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967554310
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...an impressive combination of Hughes' technical knowlege, excellent photography skills and writing talents. -- Shooting Sportsman, July/August 2000

...illustrates the inherent beauty and functionality of each rifle, enthusiasts who appreciate quality custom rifles will enjoy this pictorial feast. -- American Rifleman, November/December, 2000

About the Author

Steven Dodd Hughes entered the gunsmithing program at Trinidad College, Trinidad, CO in 1975. Since that time, he has dedicated his career to creating custom rifles and shotguns. He was first employed building semi-custom muzzleloaders. In 1980, Hughes started his own shop and continued making muzzleloading rifles and fowling pieces. Around 1989, he began stocking double shotguns and traditional single-shot rifles. Hughes currently completes about four and a half custom single-shot, lever action rifles or double action shotguns per year. Hughes also writes for several magazines.

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Steven Dodd Hughes, Gunmaker
www.finegunmaking.com

Steven Dodd Hughes entered the gunsmithing program at Trinidad State College, Trinidad, CO, in 1975. Since that time he has dedicated his career to creating custom rifles and shotguns. He was first employed by Green River Forge, then of Springfield, OR, building semi-custom muzzleloaders. In 1980 Hughes started his own shop and continued making muzzleloading rifles and fowling pieces for the following decade.

At his client's request in 1989, he began creating custom breech loading double shotguns and traditional single-shot rifles. Hughes currently completes just a few custom single-shot, lever action rifles or double shotguns per year at his workshop in Livingston, MT. SDH custom guns are well known in the trade particularly for the wide variety of styles and the technical excellence of the work. All guns and rifles are fully functional, range tested and sighted-in. His clients are about 50% collectors, the other half being sophisticated shooters and serious hunters.

Hughes' first magazine article was published in Muzzle Blasts in 1986. Since that time his articles about, and photographs of custom guns and gunmaking have appeared in most American firearms periodicals, and several abroad. He is currently a staff writer for Shooting Sportsman Magazine penning the popular Fine Gunmaking column. His column Custom Shop is one of the most popular in Sports Afield Magazine. His cover photography often appears in national magazines along with feature articles. He has scores of magazine articles and a couple of dozen book and magazine cover photos to his credit.

In 1985 Hughes created and compiled a set of patterns for authentic leather accouterments that was published as a booklet by the Tandy Leather Company. Krause Publications published his first book, Fine Gunmaking: Double Shotguns in 1998. Fandango Press of Livingston, Montana published Hughes' second book, Custom Rifles in Black & White in 1999. Shooting Sportsman Press released Double Guns and Custom Gunsmithing his most recent hardcover book, in 2007.

In June 2002, at Senator Max Baucus' request, Hughes testified before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C. on a proposed excise tax exemption for custom gunmakers that later became law. The National Rifle Association was instrumental in this accomplishment.

Hughes' custom guns have been shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Houston Museum of Fine Art and are included in the 2003 museum publication Three Centuries of Tradition, the Renaissance of Custom Sporting Arms in America. He displays at one commercial show per year. He has been a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild since 1985 and has served two terms on its Board of Directors.

Hughes was designer, coordinator and stockmaker for the prestigious annual ACGG Firearms Project #12 that has been shown extensively throughout the USA and was part of a show at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art.

Hughes dropped out of High School at age sixteen.

For more info on Custom Guns and Custom Gunmaking please see www.finegunmaking.com







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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John C. Cantrell on July 23, 2008
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This book has a section in the back on how the photographs were taken.
What a resource book .
The only possible improvement would be a hard cover.

John
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on December 29, 2010
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The book is called 'Custom Rifles in Black & White' so why anyone would suggest an improvement would be to have it in color is beyond me ! Black and white brings out the beauty of the rifles and contours of the wood. The pictures are wonderful, rich and detailed. There are sections on bolt, single shot, and lever action rifles. I could not want more in this book, it is designed for the person who already can appreciate a fine custom rifle and will not disapoint the reader. This book is increasingly rare to get, it's worth the money so get a copy while you can at any price !
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This is as good as any if your a rifle book collector, or perhaps thinking of having a rifle built. Lots of examples of great works from top riflesmiths. Detailed pictures and good close up photos ...worth the asking price.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. Mckinley on November 6, 2009
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There was a lot of good information on the gunsmiths who built the rifles, the actions and materials used. Also great information on the photography itself. The only improvement I would ask for is color photos.
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