Farmers are a very talented breed, but they tend to keep quiet about how brilliant they are. This challenge is designed to showcase the skills, equipment and techniques used by farmers in series of fun and competitive challenges.
Challenges range from sheep drenching or dirt removal, hay stacking, setting up a portable electric fence, stitching bags stitching of chaff to mending a pair of pants while still wearing them and kicking a footy.
Some of the Ignition Custom Engineering team will also be hosting an exhibitor space at the Jamestown Show, ready to chat about anything firearms and the unique work we do. So come on down (enter a team in the challenge, if you haven’t already) and say hi!
This Trojan Spartan 9mm had seen its fair share of action. It came to us with a shot out barrel. The owner was wanting to rejuvenate this handgun to prime condition and keep it in top working order for years to come.
First on the list was a new barrel and bushing. Then we installed new Novak front sights to improve the ease-of-target acquisition.
As the handgun was often used in competition, we carved in front grip checkering to increase grip stability.
Now the surfaces and working parts were all serviced and ready, we Cerakoted the firearm to protect against the elements and wear and tear. Magpul Flat Dark Earth was the colour of choice, fitting in with the owner’s goal of a functional and tactical look.
This is an example of a relatively simple job which will protect a firearm and keep it running for many, many more years to come, regardless if its near-new or much-loved.
You know that horrible feeling when your extraction fails and cases randomly get stuck? We don’t…not since we started M16 extractor upgrades all those years ago.
Standard extractors aren’t always reliable. When cases get stuck its frustrating, damaging and can be dangerous – particularly when in the field.
An M16 extractor upgrade eliminates the possibility of stuck cases by creating a better functioning relationship between the case and extractor claw. It will improve consistency and reliability of your bolt face. That means better performance and consistency so you are free to focus on the target.
Plus less damage to your brass, which is a key factor for reloading shooters.
We use Badger brand extractors (or can order others in by request) but the install process requires a gunsmith…wait, we are gunsmiths…isn’t that convenient?
You can post your bolt direct to us (no need for a firearms dealer transfer). . Why not bundle it with a bolt fluting or bolt knob upgrade at the same time?
The process can take up to 3 weeks excluding post time. If you don’t want to pay return postage costs, simply throw in a spare self-addressed pre-paid parcel bag in with your bolt and don’t forget to keep the tracking number.
We are loving the Timney Triggers. They are high quality and crisp with an awesome break. Great value for money when looking for after market solutions to improve firearm performance. Being left handed doesn’t mean being left out….we have #511 left hand triggers ready to ship today to suit the Rem 700 left hand.
If you’re after a Timney in a different configuration, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you a price.
This light weight aluminium nut is crafted as a 12 sided hex shape for easy manipulation compared with the straight-fluted factory version. Designed and manufactured here at ICEng to suit the Pardus, Uzkon and Adler.
Your choice of a aluminium finish or Cerakote to increase durability and hardiness against the elements (Cerakote Black, OD green, Coyote Tan or Silver).
These nuts are included in the Pardus and Uzkon extension kits.
This is footage is courtesy of a customer using an ICEng custom “Operation Bikki Bikki” Flash Hider while shooting with a thermal/night vision scope. At about the 3 second mark, the shot is fired (it was a confirmed clean and quick kill) and the 60kg boar drops. Usually a white light would wash over the scope, but the flash hider keeps it nice and dark.
The flash hider is designed to remove the bright muzzleflash from shooting that can wash out night vision and disrupt target acquisition in low-light situations. Instead, the shooter is free to move onto the next target without delay (or can remain on-target to give accurate and immediate follow up shot if required).
The flash hider used in this video is the Operation Bikki Bikki model, custom made in-house at Ignition Custom Engineering. It includes the prong piece, which screws onto a threaded barrel, and a removable blast shield.
It can be customised for any calibre, fabricated from stainless steel and can be finished in Cerakote. You can buy it now using the link below. As it is a custom made piece per order, turnaround is 3-4 weeks.
While the +2 kit lines up closely with the end of the 20” barrel Adler, the +5 is close to flush with the muzzle of the 28” barrel version (depending how you fit it). But both can be fitted on either length barrel (depending on the capacity, front-weight and look you are going for).
The kits are designed as DIY installations. Basic power tools and a steady hand are all that’s required (instructions provided via email). The modification can be reversed should the shooter wish to return to the original 5 shot capacity.
Custom sizes are available too. This month we prepared +3 extension kits for quad-loading shooters wanting an 8-round capacity. The +6 IPSC kits have been popular sale items too, after successful testing with local IPSC competitors looking to increase capacity while remaining under the competition’s overall gun length rule.
While the standard kits are finished in a hard-wearing black Cerakote, if you want something that stands out, contact us for a price to finish the tube (or complete firearm) in a different colour.
Lever action shotguns have been available in Australia since the late 1800s. Gunsmiths have been modifying them since this time, including class-appropriate capacity changes. Some states may have restrictions on capacity or magazine type. Please confirm with your local firearms authority to confirm your state or territory laws.
This is the end product after meeting a customer who wanted a custom IPSC (International Practical Shooting Competition) race gun, for competing in open major class. The handgun is a Tanfoglio XL4 in 38 super. We were given free run on design with a few minor specifications from the customer.
First we cut in a red dot sight to aid rapid target acquisition.
Next came a new custom compensator, designed by Ignition Custom Engineering and fabricated in-house from scratch. This will reduce recoil, allowing the shooter to stay on target longer and decrease time between aimed shots.
We lightened the hammer for decreased lock time. It was also partially skeletonised to reduce weight and reduce strike time. Then we only had to perform a minor trigger job to get it to standard.
The Tanfog was finished with custom duo-tone Cerakote work to stand out in competition. Colours used were Tungsten and Burnt Bronze (with 10% black).
Duck season is upon us again in South Australia with popular spots becoming hunting hotspots, including our old stomping grounds near Bool Lagoon in the South East.
As shooters swing their shotguns to the skies, our head gunsmith Nik has some tips to keep firearms safe and in top condition, while on field or in storage.
“When the shotguns come out, lot of shooters will be putting their rifles away for long-term storage,” Nik said.
But storage does not mean neglect.
“Give the rifle a good clean and oil the bores before you put it away so its in top condition when you want to use it again,” he said.
“Here’s a pro tip…store the rifle muzzle-down, resting inside a plastic take away food container. That way the cleaning fluids will drain into the plastic, rather than leaking into your stock and staining it, or making a mess inside your safe.”
A solid inspection and clean is also essential for your shotgun before you head off for the hunt, and after you return. This will help you get best results and extend the life of your firearm.
“Patch out the barrel, inspect it, pull the front-end off and give it a good clean,” Nik said.
And to avoid damage to the chokes, check your shotgun chokes are steel-proof to accommodate for water foul loads (steel ammunition).
Duck hunting season in SA runs from March 19 to June 26. Read more about SA’s hunting season at Environment SA, or check out the SSAA for includes information and links for other states.
For many years, we have attended the show among the 22,000 other visitors.
But this year is our first SE Field Days as an exhibitor.
Our head gunsmith Nik is pretty excited to be back on the Limestone Coast (he lived in the SE for several years and married a local girl) and having a yarn with our South East SA and Western Victorian clients.
Nik encouraged people to call through for a chat or ask any firearm-related questions – from rifles, shotgun, handguns to performance and accuracy.
Hosted by the Lions Club, the event draws more than 600 exhibitors with the latest and greatest from the local, state and national rural and agricultural sectors.
During our recent interview on Precision Shooting Podcast, ICEng gunsmith Nik mentioned a “tactical falling block” build and we’ve had lots of questions about it. With permission we can now show some photos.
It is an Enfield falling block in 45-70, 33″ straight barrel and has a KRG Wiskey 3 stock which has been grafted onto the action, rather than the action being put into the stock. Its finished in Cerakote Burnt Bronze with Graphite black duo-tone.
The lever had to be extensively modified and partly re-fabricated to get the lines of the grip to match correctly. To enable the fore-end to adapt to the action while maintaining strength and internal workings, the action has also undergone unseen modifications.
Our head gunsmith Nik talks shop on the Precision Shooters Podcast including how he wound up in the workshop and some thoughts on the possible future direction of the Australian firearms industry. Plus a look into custom work we do and projects in the pipeline.
If you have invested time and money into a custom quality firearm, you want to keep it in top notch. Just as you would service a vehicle, regular inspections and cleaning help keep firearms at peak safety and performance.
It is important to clean out debris from the firearm regularly so it doesn’t cause long-term damage. The process of dismantling, inspecting and cleaning can prevent rust and stock decay (plastic, polymer or wood). Once all the debris is cleared out, your rifle will feel smoother all round.
Here you can see an example of a Tikka T3 rifle that was in need of a good clean when it came to us.
Cleaning the trigger is important too – uncleared dirt and grime can destroy your sear, ruin trigger let off pressure and introduce creep. All of which impacts accuracy, ease of use and safety. A trigger clean can be as good as a trigger job.
A good clean and inspection is best done after every hunting trip on shotguns and rifles. At a minimum, once a year.
For handguns, its best to perform a field strip and clean after every visit to the range.
If you have the skills and knowledge, it can be done at home. Or we can do it for you – all our Cerakote jobs involve a full strip and inspection.
What tools will you need? Apart from alan keys and screwdrivers, cotton-tips tips are essential! They are useful for catching dirt in the nooks and crannies without damaging any surfaces.
A rifle clean includes removing the barreled action for a visual inspection and wiping down all surfaces.
Shotguns can be cleaned by pulling the fore-end and barrel off and inspecting the action area for debris. But definitely leave trigger work on shotgun to professional.
Handguns can be field stripped; pay attention to wiping down the barrel slide and clean inside the feed ramp area with a cotton-tip.
To find out how we can help with keeping your firearm in peak performing condition, shoot an email to email@example.com
A new bushing compensator, full trigger work and Novak fibre optic sights for improved rapid target acquisition.
Look what we’ve been up to (one of the many projects on the go in our workshop this week: A Para ord 45acp with custom Novak fibre optic rear sight, compensator barrel bushing, stainless ambi safety and series 70 safety conversion.
As for the trigger pull, its down to 3lb 8oz with zero creep. Makes for rapid target acquisition.