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Tulsa Arms show 2015

2015 Fall Tulsa Arms Show

This weekend we attended the Wanemacher’s Tulsa Arms show in Tulsa Oklahoma, which took place at the Expo Square (Tulsa Fairgrounds) on Saturday Nov 14th to Sunday Nov 15th.   We would like to thank everyone who made it out to see us.  The Tulsa Arms Show is one of the biggest mid-west shows, and with over 4,000 tables the attendees had more than 5 miles of tables to walk and view. Tulsa Arms show 2015 -2

At the show, we featured a pair of Turnbull AR’s that were specially engraved and designed for Mike and Kim Kamler.  These beautiful guns were the envy of most people that stopped at our table.  We also featured two free raffles, an exclusive Tulsa Arms Show giveaway package and the Turnbull $1,000.00 gift certificate raffle.  The star of the show, however, was Doug Turnbull.  People walked the entire show to find us and to talk with Doug.  Doug was able to speak with the attendees and answer a lot of questions they had about vintage firearms and his past experiences.  With his iconic Bowler hat on, Doug was recognized where ever he walked.  Doug loved attending the show and commented that the Tulsa Arms Show is historically a great show to attend and he can’t wait to come back. Capture

The Tulsa Arms Show was a very well a great success, Doug will be back next year so mark your calendars and stop by to say “Hi” to Doug.  We hope to see you at the next Tulsa Arms Show.

CCH shooting sticks

Turnbull Teams Up With African Sporting Creations!

CCH shooting sticks

Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing Co. is proud to announce we have teamed up with African Sporting Creations to offer the Turnbull Color Case Hardened Shooting Sticks.  For more than 10 years, African Sporting Creations has made thousands of amazing shooting sticks.

The Turnbull Color Case Hardened Shooting Sticks are made from your choice of Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) or Hickory.  They feature extra soft, hand sewn bison leather tops, steel color case hardened connectors, custom brass sleeves and beautiful 5mm mammoth ivory “night sights” inlaid into the shafts.  Not only are these sticks beautiful but functional as well, by making them very easy to travel with and carry.  These sticks are quickly and easily assembled in the field and are just as easy to disassemble.  The sticks come with a heavy-duty canvas carrying case to offer betterCCH shooting sticks close up protection.

African Sporting Creations offers a variety of safari gear perfect for the avid hunter.  We, at Turnbull, are very proud to have teamed up with them to offer these Color Case Hardened Shooting Sticks!  You can visit their website at www.africansc.com, to check out all of their amazing products.  For more information on these sticks, call 419-529-5599 or order online here.

Turnbull Dealer EuroOptics

New Turnbull Dealer: EuroOptic

EuroOptic offers a wide variety of optics, accessories and firearms.

EuroOptic offers a wide variety of optics, accessories and firearms.

At Turnbull Manufacturing and Restoration, we partner with a variety of dealers in order to ensure that our pistols are offered to as many potential customers as possible. We are proud to announce that EuroOptic is our newest dealer and we are excited to work with them on the sale of our Turnbull products. EuroOptic has been in business as an online European sport optics retailer since the late ’90’s and offers a large variety of different products to choose from, including everything from firearms and ammunition to rifle scopes and range finders. The following will provide a detailed look at this new partnership and EuroOptic as a dealer of Turnbull products.

Having been in business for well over 15 years, EuroOptic has spent quite some time developing their storefront to be user friendly and appealing to customers, which is one of the primary reasons that we have partnered with them. They specialize in high performance gear and offer a wide range of products that are useful for everyone from a bird watcher to a seasoned hunter. The products offered by EuroOptic are all high quality and top-of-the-line, as they partner with manufacturers that are among the very best in the industry. As of 2015, they are planning a new retail showroom to go along with their online storefront. This showroom can be found near Montoursville, Pennsylvania and is located less than one mile from the Williamsport Regional Airport.

EuroOptic brings a selection of their products to shows across the country.

EuroOptic brings their products to shows across the country.

As such, the showroom is easily accessible by highway or air. All of the specialized products offered by EuroOptic can be found at this showroom, including the products provided by us at Turnbull. Not only does EuroOptic offer their products to regular customers, but to government agencies as well, as they are personally registered with GSA and SAMS for government contracts or purchases. They are also licensed and registered with a number of different weapon classifications, such as The Arms Export Control Act and the ATF Class 08 firearms importer.

As for the Turnbull products on hand with EuroOptic, they have a wide range of our catalog in stock, including everything from the Turnbull 1911 Standard Model and the Turnbull 1911 Heritage to the Turnbull 1911 Commander. Each of these pistols has several different options to choose from, which means that you can select the exact weapon for your needs. For example, the Turnbull 1911 Heritage is designed to resemble pistols crafted during the first World War. As such, it comes with a sight with a semi-circle notch, a WWI style ejection port, a solid one piece steel trigger and a number of additional features that may prove to be of use to you, including hand polishing to ensure that the weapon is in pristine quality.

The same holds true for all of our weapons offered through EuroOptic. This partnership has been made due to the lengthy history of both of our companies in the manufacturing and sale of pistols, as well as the fact that both of our companies strive for excellence in all of the services we provide and the products we offer. No matter which Turnbull weapon that you are considering, it’s possible to order any Turnbull product directly from EuroOptic. Both the price of the weapon and the primary features are clearly displayed and easy-to-see, allowing you to make an informed decision about the weapon that you want to buy. Customer reviews are also available at EuroOptic in order to assist with the purchase decision. Overall, we are excited about this new partnership and look forward to many more years with EuroOptic as one of our preferred dealers.


Turnbull Featured in Gun Digest


Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing is proud to be featured on the cover of Gun Digest’s Fall 2015 Show & Auction Special issue.  Gun Digest reviewed our new gun for 2016, the Turnbull 1911 Commander Heritage.  Within the magazine is a very nice write up on the Commander Heritage, titled “Command & Conquer”.

At Turnbull, we are dedicated to bringing you the highest quality manufacturing possible.  When interviewed for this issue of Gun Digest, Doug Turnbull wanted to emphasize the attention to detail and quality engineering that goes into every new gun.  Gun Digest does a great job illustrating these qualities, while pointing out that the Commander Heritage is a great gun to shoot.  The Commander Heritage is the new featured Turnbull gun for 2016 and will be presented at the 2016 Shot Show.

Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing would like to thank the team at Gun Digest for this opportunity.  A special thank you to Eric Conn for the great work he did on the photographs and article.  Gun Digest is a quality magazine and we are very proud to be associated with them.

We hope you take the time to pick up a copy of Gun Digest’s Fall 2015 Show & Auction Special and read the amazing article on Turnbull Manufacturing.  To get a copy of this issue visit www.gundigest.com, here you can also subscribe to the magazine digitally.  To learn more about Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing, and the products we make, visit us at www.turnbullmfg.com.

Cover of Bullet Magazine

Doug Turnbull: Man of the Year

Cover of Bullet MagazineTurnbull Manufacturing is proud to announce that Doug Turnbull has been recognized by Bullet Magazine as Man of the Year.  Bullet Magazine is the official journal of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.  The NYSRPA is dedicated to preserving our second amendment rights.

Turnbull Manufacturing is proud to announce that Doug Turnbull has been recognized by Bullet Magazine as Man of the Year.  Bullet Magazine is the official journal of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.  The NYSRPA is dedicated to preserving our second amendment rights.

Turnbull Manufacturing is very proud of the work Doug has done throughout his life and the contributions he has made.  Doug hopes it will help inspire people to work with organizations like the NYSRPA continue the fight to preserve the second amendment.  “By taking our knowledge of vintage restorations and applying it to newly manufactured guns, we can pass on a piece of American craftsmanship and history to everyone who owns a Turnbull gun.”  Special thanks go out to Bullet Magazine for their work and contributions they make every day.

To learn more about the NYSRPA and to subscribe to Bullet Magazine, please visit www.nysrpa.org.  You can read the entire “Man of the Year” issue by visiting www.nysrpa.org/big-news/.

history of the Colt 1911

The History of the Colt 1911 and How Turnbull Has Modernized the Classic

At Turnbull Restoration and Manufacturing Co., our services center around both the manufacturing and restoration of guns. One of the foremost handguns that our manufacturing efforts focus on is the Colt 1911. These guns are still popular today due to their fine craftsmanship and amazing quality. The restoration that we do on these handguns is aimed (no pun intended) at maintaining historical accuracy while improving the quality with our unique manufacturing process. The following will provide an in-depth look at the history of the colt 1911, as well as how Turnbull has modernized the classic.

History of The Colt 1911

Colt 1911 in combat

photo credit: demons.swallowthesky.org

As the name of the gun implies, the Colt 1911 was first crafted in 1911. This pistol was designed by John Moses Browning. However, its history began around the year of 1906. During this time, the United States military started to look at a wide range of possible pistol designs, which included the new .45 Automatic Colt Pistol. Over the next few years, the number of designs was whittled down until the Colt pistol remained as the last one standing. Read Story

1911 Coverage A,B,C along wood log

Did I pay too much for my Model 1911

When buying a 1911 pistol, the biggest question people have is, did I spend too much for it or did I get a good value?  There are a few things you need to pay attention to when pricing out your Model 1911 Pistol; first, were all the parts machine fit or hand fit?  Second, are the parts made overseas or made in America?  And third, what kind of finish and polish has been applied to the gun? gov heritage with brown leather background  

Were all the parts machine fit or hand fit?

The biggest cost variable is whether or not a gun’s parts were machine fit or fit by a skilled Gunsmith.  The cheaper the gun, the more likely all the parts were machine fit.  In a lot of cases, machine fit parts have a tendency to be put together poorly and be out of tolerance.  Parts that are out of tolerance can cause the gun to wear down more quickly.  When this happens, parts may touch or wear in places that they were never intended to, potentially shortening the life and performance of the gun.  With hand fit parts, a Gunsmith will measure, calibrate and fit each part to ensure that they fit and function properly.  The Gunsmith will know what imperfections to pay attention to when building the gun, and knows how each part should function to reach its optimal performance.  The extra attention paid to the each step, makes assembling the gun much more time consuming, thus driving the cost up.  You can always buy the 1911 cheap and fix all the parts yourself, however, it takes strong knowledge and experience, as well as time to get all the parts fitting properly.  One of the biggest issues people have is they tend to shave too much metal off the parts, to get them to fit properly, and they compromise the integrity of the gun.  A hand fit 1911 will be a high performing and aesthetically pleasing gun, is what you want to look for when buying a 1911 pistol.Standard 1911 angled with light tan leather background LS 2

Were the parts made overseas or made in America?

Where the parts of a gun are made can certainly influence the price of the gun.  As a whole, anything made in the USA tends to be more expensive, for a variety of different reasons (mostly political), and this certainly applies to gun parts.  The difference between American made and non-American made parts has been hotly debated over the years, but it is largely based on your personal preference (similar to the car industry).  When I am buying a gun, my personal preference is to have all the parts made in the USA as I like to boast that my gun is 100% American made.  Typically, guns that are made from American made parts tend to also be hand fit instead of machine fit.  In this writer’s opinion, there is nothing like a classic American Colt Model 1911 WWI style gun made in all American parts, nothing says AMERICA, better than that.

What kind of finish and polish has been applied to the gun?

When looking to buy a quality made Model 1911, you want to make sure the colors are kept to their authentic, age appropriate finishes.  If the 1911 has been blued, you want to make sure that it is colored to the age period specific tone, so it maintains its historic look.  The closer the match, the more expensive the gun will, or should be.  Some companies have almost perfected the technique of matching the finish of the gun to it’s original age period finish, and thus they charge a premium for it.  The process is time consuming and the better the match, the longer the process will take.  Another important detail that many people overlook is the direction on which the polish was applied.  Each model of gun is made differently and that includes the direction to which the gun polish is applied.  If the polish is not applied in the correct direction, it may make the gun look odd and, to an experienced gun enthusiast, will not look age period appropriate.  It is also important to ask if it was machine polished or hand polished.  The machine polishing process does not produce a gun that looks age appropriate.  By hand polishing it, the gunsmith is able to work the polish so it comes out as close to the authentic look as possible, this hand process is an art form.  Anytime a craftsman manufactures something by hand, the quality and attention to detail are usually top notch, and this is no different when it comes to 1911’s and the polish that is on them.

It is important that any 1911 you buy meets these standards.  If a gun manufacturer cuts corners on any of these standards, they may also have cut other corners during other stages of production.  It is always important to ask your gun shop a lot of questions, like these, to make sure you are buying a quality item that will retain its value and become a family heirloom.

To learn more about how guns are manufactured, please feel free to visit us at www.turnbullmfg.com.


Turnbull would like to Thank RIMES group!!

IMG_9203Turnbull would like to say thank you to the RIMES group for coming in and touring our facility.  We would like to especially thank Don Miller, Ken Nelson and Don Allis for heading up the event.  

The tour started with a fantastic speech by our Owner and CEO Doug Turnbull, where he described how Turnbull Manufacturing made its roots and how we got to where we are today.  From there, people were able to walk through the production floor to see how each step of a restoration and gun manufacturing takes place.  Turnbull staff members, Doug Turnbull, John Gligora and Sam Chappell, explained the process that takes place at each work station and showed examples of actual work that is currently in production.  Each of the Turnbull staff members was able to field specific questions that visitors had, to better explain how and what goes on here and at each step of the process.  Many visitors were able to share their experiences and ask questions about guns they are or have built, making this a great learning opportunity for both visitors and us.  At the end of the tour, the RIMES group, led by Ken Nelson, Don Miller and Don Allis, treated the Turnbull staff to a very nice Dinner at Mickey Finns, who did a fantastic job with the event.


As well as offering tours of our facility, Turnbull is more than happy to offer companies, or individuals, the opportunity to have a series of Turnbull Model 1911 handguns custom made, when you purchase 25 or more.  As part of the customization, we will come out and sit down with you and or your company, to help design a custom gun, just for you or your company.  Some custom options include custom engraving patterns, company logos, custom serial numbers and personalized/initialed guns.  If anyone has interest in this offer, please contact Tracy Halpin (thalpin@turnbullmfg.com) or John Gligora (jgligora@turnbullmfg.com) at 585-657-6338 for more information.

IMG_9234Pictures of this event are available, at no cost, for anyone who would like them.  For more information about the event or pictures of the event, please contact Aaron Frank (afrank@turnbullmfg.com) at 585-657-6338.

Again, thank you to everyone who attended the tour, we hope you had a great time, and hope to see everyone again real soon.