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    News Release from the American Custom Gunmakers Guild

    It is with great pleasure we present for your viewing enjoyment the American Custom Gunmakers Guild 2017 Custom Shotgun Project. Hopefully more than one of you viewing this gun will want to buy it. The project was designed so that the stock dimensions can be altered to fit the new owner. As you see, the craftsmen who worked on the project did a magnificent job of paying attention to the details. It is not only beautiful but functional as well. Functional Art.

    Now for some particulars on this gun:

    The original Simson Suhl 12-gauge shotgun was donated by Mark Beasland.

    Metalsmith duties were performed by Ed LaPour, including new screws, barrels fitted and tightened to the receiver face, new Greener Crossbolt made and fitted, rust removed from internal parts, new hinge pin made and installed, springs inspected and where needed replaced. Ed did the initial shaping and outside metal alterations.

    Bruce Farman removed the original engraving by filing and, where needed, micro welding. He then polished the metal with 220 grit sandpaper.

    Watts Walnut donated the Extra Fancy grade Turkish Walnut stock blank.

    Stockmaker Craig Libhart created a buttstock pattern and then made the buttstock from the semi-inletted blank and made the semi-beavertail forend from the block. He also fitted the metal to wood, finished the wood with Pro Custom Oil and test fired the gun.

    Using Craig’s pattern, Gene Simillion machined the buttstock to reveal the beautiful stock you see before you.

    Brian Board performed the checkering duties. The pattern incorporates several American Gunmakers high-grade checkering patterns to make this beautifully proportioned design.

    The engraving was done by Jim Blair in a scroll design tastefully covering the metalwork.

    Doug Turnbull Restorations performed the color case hardening duties.

    Roger Ferrell did the rest of the metal finishing and final assembly. Niter bluing was used for the screws. The barrels and trigger guard were rust blued.

    Each of the craftsmen on this project team was chosen because of his known ability to pay attention to details. The ACGG hopes you enjoy viewing this picture (provided by Mike Morgan Photography). We invite you to invest in this one of a kind firearm made for your shooting enjoyment.

    Due to current IRS rules, this will be a sale event and not a raffle. Please view our listing at www.gunsinternational.com under the American Custom Gunmakers Guild listing on the home page. The sale is scheduled to begin July 1, 2017, and end December 31, 2017, or until someone purchases it outright first!

    Clearing the Air About Dogs’ Dining Techniques

    This might not work for all dogs. And it might not provide a 100 percent solution. But if you have a dog with a big time gas problem, it’s easier to try this first than to go through the hassle(s) of changing food one or more times.

    One cause of gas eruptions from dogs is the way some eat. Fast-eating gulpers take in a bunch of air with each bite. And that air has to come out sometime, somewhere.

    You can find special food bowls designed to keep dogs from gulping. Or you can try this simple, inexpensive tip we found at one of the bird dog lovers’ groups on Facebook recently.

    Try feeding from an inexpensive cutlery tray you might buy to keep knives, forks and spoons separate in a kitchen drawer. Distribute the food throughout the several compartments of the tray. Smaller amounts of food in several small locations offer a dog less of an opportunity to gulp. Plus, doing so has to slow down the intake. Theoretically, that will also limit the amount of excess air ingested.

    –Tom Carney

    Wolfe Publishing Group