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Hey Guys: I saw a beautiful custom .270 Mauser over the weekend. It had all the outward indications of a pre-war gun. Stock styling very similar to R.G. Owens Fleur de lys style [not arrowheads] checkering 32 l.p.i. and stock styling in beautiful hardshell French Walnut. Real ebony wood forearm tip and steel grip cap. Silver's recoil pad. Redfield Jr. pre war 7/8 in. mounts with pre-war Lyman ALASKAN. The giveaway is the action is a 1950 F.N. and the owner said under the barrel, the only hint to the maker are the initials T.P.C. and the date 1.1.51. Can anyone think of a master rifle maker [the stock was cut from a stick of French Walnut not machine made] from possibly the Colorado area, as that is where the rifle was purchased 4 years ago. I guess it could have been whomever barreled the action but I would think he would not have DATED A BARRELING. The rifle has plenty of honest wear but lovingly cared for. I had no camera that day and neither did he. He is an older fellow [so am I] but I am 58 and he is 76 and not technically savy, he has a Polaroid instant camera, they no longer make film for. So no photos available right now. TPC... who could it have been in 1951? Thanks Jerry


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Plenty of "pretty good" custom rifle have been made at gunsmithing depts. of CO School of Trades and Trinidad. I made my first from a blank of walnut there in 1976 and many went before me.

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Steve: As you well know both schools started their Gunsmithing programs in 1947, I don't believe anyone could have picked up this level of finesse, sophistication and maturity in stockmaking in a mere 4 years. Come to think of it...that is until you showed up a mere 29 years later!!! Jerry


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Originally Posted By: Alvin Linden #1
the only hint to the maker are the initials T.P.C. and the date 1.1.51. I guess it could have been whomever barreled the action but I would think he would not have DATED A BARRELING. Thanks Jerry

Jerry, FWIW I date every bbl I install, hidden underneath the chamber section. Date, bbl maker, twist & bore size if not standard, specific chambering and my name. I've found that there are as many protocols for marking as there are smiths, everyone seems to have a different method(G).
Regards, Joe


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Lots of guys marked one or two guns, some a few more, and some are worth researching. Here's a clue of my own hallmarks.

These are the four hallmarks I’ve used since about 1977 at Trinidad as struck in sheet lead. From left, a 1/8” x 3/16" commercial stamp with inset letters, next three hand-cut dies with raised letters. The two middle mostly on muzzleloading guns and the one at right since about 1993 and in current use measuring 1/8” x ¼”. The first struck in steel or silver, the middle in silver or gold and the last only in 24kt.

Most shotguns marked behind trigger. Most rifles in octagon barrel, some on action.


M/L guns on barrel breech. I still use the first stamp on benchmade tools and just a couple of shotguns were marked something like this.



I always do close-ups photos of signed guns that I photograph. but I have some good friend, with long careers doing great work who seldom mark, hide of disguise, or haphazardly sign custom work!!??!!



Hopefully all of this will make it a bit easier for future MP and Jerry types!


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