Darwin Hensley & Steve Heilmann Custom Winchester Model 52, Engraved by Terry Wallace. .22 Long Rifle.
Description: 22 1/2" tapered round Lilja barrel with ramp front sight, pedestal-mounted sling eye, quarter rib, one standing and two folding express sights gold-lined and engraved for 50, 75 and 100 yards. Stocked by Darwin Hensley with dense, dark exhibition walnut, with ebony forend tip, fine wrap-around point-pattern checkering with mullered borders, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap, pedestalled rear sling eye, beaded pancake cheekpiece and steel buttplate. Extensively reshaped Model 52B action by Steve Heilmann: ejection port opened to replicate a Mauser Kurz Double Squarebridge, shotgun triggerguard, extended top tang, hinged straddle floorplate with release inside triggerguard concealing removable 5-shot magazine, sculptured trigger and bolt knob and top tang safety with SAFE and FIRE inlaid in gold. Extensively engraved by Terry Wallace with English rose and scroll---the roses inlaid in gold---on receiver, floorplate, grip cap, buttplate, quarter rib, rings and sights. Finish work by Pete Mazur. Petite Noske scope with fine crosshair reticle on shaped and engraved quick-detachable claw mounts fitted to a dovetail through the front squarebridge and, in Mauser factory sporter style, directly to the rear squarebridge with release-button built into the squarebridge. Pull 13 7/8". Weight: 8lbs, 2oz. New condition. In full-length ironwood and ostrich-hide case with two engraved white-handled turnscrews, cleaning rod and brush, and three white-inlaid engraved brass oil and patch bottles. Winner of the 1998 Guns Magazine Award of Excellence for Terry Wallace's engraving.
Provenance: Purchased by Hallowell & Co. from the original owner who had commissioned it from the individual craftsmen, in June, 2011.
Literature: Pictured in "Guns" Magazine, December 1998, page 61.
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