Don Klein    Sculptured Hagn-Actioned .270 Weatherby      Exhibited at "Three Centuries of Tradition", Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2003.

Expanding-dovetail mounts affixed, above; removed below leaving exposed undercut recesses.

Undercut recess scope bases filled with engraved blanking plates, below.

Description: 24 1/2" tapered round gold-banded Krieger barrel with sculptured ramp front sight and swivel base, quarter rib with 1 standing and 1 folding express sight. Stocked with highly figured walnut by Don Klein with ebony forend tip, beaded sidepanels, double-beaded pancake cheekpiece, trapdoor steel pistol grip cap, classic ribbon and point-pattern checkering with mullered borders "disappearing" behind smooth sidepanels, inletted and pedestalled rear swivel base and leather-covered recoil pad. Hagn falling block action by Hartmann & Weiss, extensively reshaped, rounded and scalloped by Don Klein with sleek custom underlever, custom trigger, custom shotgun-style triggerguard and sliding top-tang safety. Engraved by Bob Swartley with full coverage intertwining acanthus scroll, subtle gold borderline detailing and SAFE and FIRE in gold. Schmidt & Bender 10 x 42 scope with duplex reticle on completely custom, one-of-a-kind mounts designed and hand made by Don Klein: double-lever rings feature expanding male dovetails which lock into integral corresponding recesses in quarter rib. Engraved coverplates supplied for female recesses when used without scope. Metal finishing by Pete Mazur: casehardened action with gold-plted internals, the remainder cold rust blued and with fire-blued small parts. Pull: 14 1/4". Weight: 8lbs, 14oz, with scope. In Huey full-length oak and leather trunk case with natural white-handled Pendleton drop-point hunting knife engraved by Bob Swartley. William Crowley horn-handled turnscrews, cleaning accessories and brass oil bottles, also engraved by Bob Swartley. With leather-trimmed canvas overcase. Loading dies and 300 brass cases.

Exhibition: "Three Centuries of Tradition - The Renaissance of Custom Sporting Arms in America" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, July 12 - October 5, 2003. 

                    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, January 25 - April 26, 2004. 

                    Conner Prairie Museum, Fishers, Indiana, June 4 - August 29, 2004. 

Provenance: Purchased by Hallowell & Co. in June 2011 from the original owner who had commissioned it from the individual craftsmen.

Literature: Pictured in "Guns" Magazine December 1998, page 60, prior to engraving.  Mark Silver & Wallace Gussler,  Three Centuries of Tradition - The Renaissance of Custom Sporting Arms in America  Minneapolis Institute of Arts,  Scala Publshers Ltd., 2003. pages 156 - 159 [below].



Pendleton drop-point hunting knife engraved en suite by Bob Swartley.



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