Las Vegas, NV -(AmmoLand.com)- The 2016 SHOT Show auction on GunBroker.com, featuring a series of “Western Heritage” firearms and a knife highlighting the artistry of legendary and modern names in the sporting firearms industry, yielded a total of $30,966.00 in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage when the auction closed at 2:00 pm on the final day of the Show.
Among the featured items in the auction and their high bids were:
Colt Single Action Army and John Bianchi’s Frontier Gunleather Hand-Tooled Holster
A Colt Single Action Army donated by Colt and richly engraved by Baron Engraving brought a high bid of $7,525.00.
The Colt Single Action Army played an indelible part in the history of the American West. Among those who have owned the Single Action Army, include Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett, Theodore Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody and the high bidder for this special “Western Heritage” tribute Colt. The 4 ¾” barreled .45 Long Colt is hand engraved at Baron Engraving. Baron’s engraving mirrors the design on the companion holster and incorporates the “Western Heritage Colt 01” badge. The grips are handcrafted elk antler, selected by the artisans at Eagle Grips to compliment this special Colt.
As impressive as the Colt was the companion hand- tooled holster and belt by Matt Whitaker at John Bianchi’s Frontier Gunleather. Matt’s scroll pattern was based on classic L.D. Nimschke designs.
Winchester Model 1866 Serial # 1WIN662016
A newly reintroduced Winchester Model 1866, also fully engraved by Baron Engraving, brought a high bid of $14,591.00.
One of the biggest headlines to come out of SHOT Show 2016 was the return of the Winchester Model 1866 and one of the most talked about Model 66s on display was the richly engraved “Western Heritage” edition in .44-40. The rifle featured intricate hand engraving from forearm to butt plate by Baron Engraving and serial number 1WIN662016 to celebrate the return of this classic lever action in 2016. The “Western Heritage” theme is highlighted with the engraving of the authentic Texas Ranger Badge RIFLE01 on the receiver.
Turnbull-Restored Parker and Hand-Tooled Leather Slip by Karla Van Horn
A Parker “Lifter Gun” from 1879, restored by Doug Turnbull and paired with a superb hand-tooled leather gun slip by Karla Van Horn brought $6,775.00.
The handsome Parker side-by-side combined the history of a Parker Brothers shotgun from 1879 with the renowned artisanship and “history recreation” of Turnbull Manufacturing. Turnbull took the historic Parker “Lifter Gun” and brought it back to the condition in which it would have left Parker’s Hamden, Connecticut factory in 1879. The Parker was donated to the auction by well-known vintage firearm dealer, John Puglisi.
When Doug Turnbull contacted Puglisi in search of the perfect gun for this project, Puglisi donated this rock solid “Lifter Gun”.
Complementing the Parker was an exquisite hand-tooled shotgun slip by Karla Van Horn. The slip features quality hand tooling and an original design generated by Van Horn from design elements tracing back many decades. Tying shotgun and slip together is the solid silver Concho in the Western Heritage design.
Phil Evans Hand-Forged Bowie, Custom Sheath by Andy Humble
A hand-forged Bowie Knife by Phil Evans, paired with a hand-tooled leather sheath by Andy Humble brought $2,075.00 when the GunBroker.com gavel sounded at the end of the auction.
Phil Evans is a highly respected custom-knife maker and member of the American Bladesmith Society. Phil created the magnificent 15 ½ inch overall length Bowie Knife for the “Western Heritage” SHOT Show auction. The massive forged 5160 blade is over 10” long and 3/8” thick at the spine, forged “S” type guard, iron hardware and a premium stag handle. Sheath is custom designed by Andy Humble and incorporates an authentic 5-peso badge with the “Western Heritage” logo and BOWIE 01 serial number.
The SHOT Show auction is administered for the National Shooting Sports Foundation by the Hunting Heritage Trust.
About Hunting Heritage Trust:
The Hunting Heritage Trust is a charitable organization created in 2002 by leaders from hunting, conservation and shootings sports organizations. The concept for the Trust grew from the convictions of dedicated sportsmen who so strongly value our American hunting traditions and firearm freedoms that they are committed to give back to help protect this priceless heritage for future generations. The Trust’s mission is to provide the organization and means by which this dedication and financial commitment can be channeled into short-term action and a long-term endowment in support of innovative programs and strategic actions that will help perpetuate our hunting and shooting sports heritage.
For more information, please visit www.HuntingHeritageTrust.org.