NRA 2014: The Beautiful Guns of Turnbull Manufacturing

Walking down the aisles, many of the booths all look alike. Each with their tired yet simultaneously happy Marketing staff, you can almost tune each out. Its more of the same… until something special catches your eyes.

Turnbull Manufacturing is one such company. Dedicated to the restoration of antique firearms, Turnbull has been bringing the art and history of firearms together since their founding. Showcased at NRA 2014 was a special 1911 that one of their engravers had spent more than 200 hours handcrafting.

Don’t gawk at the old guns too long. They also manufacture new high-quality 1911s from the plain-jane to the bespoke.

Gallery below:

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Marshall

    I never knew I wanted a case hardened AR until now…

    • Raven

      They apparently weigh a ton (carbon steel vs. aluminum alloy), but they’re beautiful.

      • Giolli Joker

        And wait for them to be adapted to a wooden stock ARES SCR lower… 😉

      • They certainly are that. I can’t think of many guns that wouldn’t be improved in the looks department with some case hardening. Polymer guns excluded of course.

      • Marshall

        Oh I’m sure it’s more than heavy enough to negate the design principles of the AR platform. But just look at that!

        • Marshall

          Also while thinking about it, I’d love to see a case hardened receiver M240… It’d look so delightfully retro with those slab sides and rivets.

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    I’ve visited their shop several times with a buddy that liked to have old shotguns refurbished. Each visit was a visual feast. Turnbull makes a mean calendar, too. It’s honestly the only calendar I’ve ever been proud to own!

  • BillSheridan

    I heard about these guys on a podcast called handgun radio, pretty cool stuff. ive got an old side by side that id love to have restored. it sounds like the owner doug really enjoys the stuff they work on

  • Gabe

    Turnbull does a lot of the case color work on factory guns as well. I know they contract out to S&W, probably others as well.

  • Seth Martin

    I’m sure these are great and all, but I just can’t get into the case hardened look. Especially on the ARs.