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Make Mine Custom

By John Taffin

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Before Ruger offered a long-barreled stainless steel Super Blackhawk Taffin
had this custom satin nickeled .44 built for hunting. Stocks are by Herrett’s.

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Gary Reeder tuned and beautifully refinished this Ruger .357 Bisley Model and also added a second
cylinder in .356GNR. The latter gives .357 SuperMag performance in a standard sized cylinder.

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Two custom single actions by Hamilton Bowen, an 8-1/2” .32-20 Colt and a .44 Special Ruger.

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Ben Forkin started with three 7-1/2” Ruger Bisleys in .45 Colt, .44 Magnum, and .41 Magnum,
trimmed all the barrels to 5-1/2”, fitted new front sights, and case hardened the frames and
hammers with the result being three Perfect Packin’ Pistols.

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Alan Harton turned what was a dog of a Ruger Old Model .357 into this beautiful
ivory gripped Bisley Model .44 Special with an octagon barrel.

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A pair of customs by Gary Reeder: Diamond Dot’s Border Special .45
Schofield and a Number Five .44 Special.

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Ruger’s Super Redhawk is a big brute of a gun; Mag-na-port cut
this .480 to 4.8”, tuned and Mag-na-ported it.

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Jack Huntington used the 50th Anniversary .357 Ruger Blackhawk as a platform
to build a heavy-barreled .44 Special target pistol.

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The top sixgun is a Ruger .357 Maximum; the bottom gun started out the same way however,
under the touch of Ben Forkin is now a .445 SuperMag with Bisley grip frame and hammer.

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Taffin’s local gunsmiths, Mike Rainey and Tom Cripe at Buckhorn, turned this Texican .45 Colt
into a “Keith Gun” complete with adjustable rear sight and barrel band front sight.

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Taffin’s every day always guns are a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum Model 340 Sc worked over
by Mag-na-port and a Taurus UltraLite .38 Special with Crimson Trace laser grips.

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Ben Forkin used an Old Model .357 Blackhawk and a Ruger .44
Flat-Top barrel to come up with is .44 Special.

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There is only one original Elmer Keith Number Five SAA and it is in the Elmer Keith Museum; This re-creation is by Hamilton Bowen.

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When Taffin was in college he drooled over Skeeter Skelton’s 5-1/2” .44 Special. This one started life as a 7-1/2” New Frontier and has been fitted with custom carved ivory stocks by Nutmeg Sports.

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Ruger never made a .44-40 Blackhawk; Brian Cosby used a
Ruger .357 Old Model Blackhawk to build this one.

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Ben Forkin built these custom .44 Special Rugers by using a Ruger .44
Magnum barrel and a Colt New Frontier .44 Special barrel.

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Thanks to custom sixgunsmiths such as Hamilton Bowen, Brian Cosby, Jim Stroh, and the late Bill Grover, we can have medium-frame Blackhawks chambered in .44 Special, .44-40, .38-40, and .45 Colt

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No factory sixguns here! Light weight .44 Special by Bob Baer and
Pocket Model Bisley .44-40 by Milt Morrison

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A pair of Ruger .44 Specials by Andy Horvath. The top one
uses a Smith & Wesson ribbed .44 Magna barrel.

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The late Bill Grover made this “Skeeter Skelton .44 Special” by using a

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These custom sixguns belong to Elmer Keith and date back to the 1930s.

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These custom Bisley Models were built by Jim Stroh; notice the special front sights.

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John Linebaugh and his son Dustin have been building custom sixguns for three plus decades.

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Shooting a pair of custom SSK Redhawks.

Contacts for guns featured: CUSTOM SIXGUNSMITHS:

Hamilton Bowen, Bowen Classic Arms,
PO Box 67, Louisville TN 37777;
phone:865-984-3583.
www.bowenclassicarms.com

Brian Cosby, Cosby Custom Guns,
111 W.Lincoln, Chandler IN 47616;
phone:812-925-6761.
www.cosbycustomguns.com

David Clements, Clements Custom Guns,
12766 Mt. Zion Rd., Woodlawn VA 24381;
phone: 276-238-8761.
www.clementscustomguns.com

Ben Forkin, Forkin Custom Classics,
205 10th Avenue SW, White Sulphur Springs MT 59645;
phone: 406-547-2344.

John Gallagher,
3923 Bird Farm Rd., Jasper AL 35503;
phone: 205-388-6425.

Alan Harton, Single Action Service,
8822 Jackson St., Houston Texas;
phone: 713-772-8314 or 907-6031.

Jack Huntington,
21854 Meyer Ravine, Grass Valley CA 95942;
phone: 530-268-6877.
www.jrhgunmaker.com

Andy Horvath, Diagonal Road Gunshop,
14131 Diagonal Road, LaGrange OH 44050;
phone: 440-458-4369.

Ken Kelly, Mag-na-port Int’l,
41302 Executive Dr., Harrison Township MI 48045;
phone: 586-469-6727.
www.magnaport.com

John Linebaugh, Linebaugh Custom Sixguns,
P.O. Box 455, Cody, WY 82414;
phone: 307-645-3332.
www.customsixguns.com

Gary Reeder, Reeder Custom Guns,
2601 E. 7th Avenue, Flagstaff AZ;
phone: 928-527-4100 or 526-3313.
www.reedercustomguns.com

Jim Stroh, Alpha Precision,
3238 Della Slaton Road, Comer GA 30629;
phone: 706-783-2131.
www.alphaprecisioninc.com

SSK Industries,
590 Woodvue Lane, Wintersville OH 43953;
phone: 740-264-0176.
www.sskindustries.com

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