Taking eyes off the target and moving to check your ballistic information can eat up valuable time in competition or hunting. We've introduced two new Mounted Data kits (by Hawk Hill Custom and X Ring Armory) designed to display the ballistic and drop chart information close to your shooting eyeline to reduce movement and lost time. Both kits attach to the picatinny rail with pivot points to adjust the location of the card holder.
This week's build report looks at a Remington 700 rebuilt into a Grayboe Renegade stock, designed for South Australian field use.
We are shooters. And when we open a fresh shipment of goods from our mates-in-the-States to try out we all get excited. So we are very much looking forward to this year's SHOT SHOW USA in Las Vegas!
Excitement is building for the 2018 Precision Tactical Rimfire Challenge this month at the State Shooting Park (sponsored by Ignition Custom Engineering). With less than a fortnight to go, what is the best preparation?
Our gunsmith Nik said the best advice is to “Run with what you brung”!
There are plenty of brilliant products and services that can improve functionality and performance for your 22.
But the days leading into a competition is not the time for them.
“Going into a competition, try not to use new or untested equipment like new bipod, scope or bag and certainly don’t install it on the day,” Nik said.
“You want to go in using a set up that’s familiar and you feel confident with. You want to know exactly how it handles and will perform.
“It can make all the difference in your scores.”
The other key piece of advice?
Practice, practice, practice.
“Get out and shoot your rig. Know your DOPE (data of previous engagement) and fall-of-shots at 10 metre increments from 50m to 150m,” Nik said.
“That’s essential in practical-style challenges where the target range is often unknown and can change quickly.”
To find your DOPE, hit the range and record where the bullet lands at each 10 metre increment and how much you need to hold at each stage.
If you are new to Practical Rimfire Challenges, you will need a .22 bolt action rifle fitted with a scope (4-12x or similar). A bipod is essential. Its also worthwhile having a small rear bag for stabilising the rifle.
Ad of course, a second magazine ready to go. In timed stages, you can lose big having to load up your mag with those fiddly little suckers.
Rimfire challenges can be great introduction to the PRS-style shooting. .22 ammo is cheap to practice/train with and doesn’t require reloading.
They are lighter than centrefires, more maneuverable and when set up properly can be just as accurate over longer distances.
This event is designed for shooters of all ability. Most stages are undercover (but may involve some interesting positions and surprising targets).
Plus all funds go towards supporting the Torrens Valley Pistol Club.
Other event sponsors include The Armory, Projectile Warehouse and STS Targets.
Torrens Valley Pistol Club – State Shooting park, Carmelo Road Virginia SA
(There is plenty of onsite parking)
Registration from 8.30am
Shoot briefing 9.30am
Shoot Commences 10.00am
A-class .22LR rifles only
-Scope or open sights. No magnification limit.
-No magazine capacity limit.
-Slings Bipods and support rests permitted.
Hunting Class Division
-Scope or Open sights maximum magnification 12x
-Magazine capacity limit 10 rounds.
-Slings Bipods and support rests permitted.
-Rifle must visually be of a factory OEM sporter style wooden, plastic glass type stocks.
-Must be a tapered barrel
Lever Action Division
-All lever Action tube fed rifles.
-Load whatever the tube will hold.
-Each stage will be limited to your tube capacity, ie no reloading.
-Slings and rests allowed. No fixed bipods.
Registration fee is $15.00 per competitor, additional family members $10.00
The day will consist of approximately 8 or 9 stages testing the competitor in various practical scenarios. There will be positional stages, some using rests , props or barricades. Shooting will be from prone to standing unaided on both stationary and moving targets.
Prizes awarded on the day for the various classes.
Full Catering will be available in the club dining room (breakfast from 8.30am) at a cost to the competitor.
More information visit Precision Tactical Rimfire Group and check out their Events Tab.
The Ignition Custom Engineering team will return to the Mid North region next weekend to host Ask A Gunsmith at the Jamestown Show on Sun Oct 1 and Mon Oct 2. We are also proudly sponsoring the Young Farmers Challenge. So come on down, say G'day and grab a stubby cooler or sticker for the gun safe.
What happens when four farming mates gather on the main oval at the show, armed with a stack of hay bales and fencing wire?
Find out at the Young Farmers Challenge event which returns for its second year at the 2017 Jamestown Show this weekend, sponsored by Ignition Custom Engineering.
The event is designed to showcase the everyday skills, equipment and techniques used by farmers in series of fun and competitive challenges.
Working in a team of four, each group is timed to see who can complete the tasks the fastest and with the most precision.
Gunsmith Nik Halliwell said his team was proud to sponsor and take part in this year’s event again.
“It’s important to support local rural communities; they are the lifeblood that supports our country and this event is a fun way to celebrate the skills, spirit and humour of country Australia,” Nik said.
Challenges range from sheep drenching or dirt removal, hay stacking, setting up a portable electric fence, stitching bags chaff to mending a pair of pants – while still wearing them – and kicking a footy.
“One of our favourite moments last year was watching grown adults, fired-up by fierce competition, running across the showground oval…..after downing a massive jug of iced coffee,” Nik said.
“They did us proud and all kept their composure, mostly”.
Entries are open until the start of the event and can be placed on the day or in advance with Jamestown Agricultural society by contacting Maryanne on 0429436633.
“So come on down with some mates, enter a team in the challenge if you haven’t already and say G’day,” Nik said.
Adjustable cheek rests on rifles are very handy to create a personalised sight/scope alignment. But not all rifle stocks have this feature and not everyone is happy to modify their stock to install an adjustable cheek rest.
The Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest is our latest addition to the webstore. Its a completely adjustable height unit that can be fitted to most stocks – and does not require any modifying of your stock. It takes moments to fit and can be removed just as quickly.
Each piece has heavy duty non-slip internal pad to create a secure and stable mount point. Its then secured with velcro straps which wrap around the butt stock. Strap lengths can be adjusted to get the best fit on most stocks.
On the more neutral setting, it can be used as a one piece 3/8″ rise cheek rest, or it can be adjusted up to 1 1/2″ inch of comb height.
This is the removable cheek rest option recommended by Grayboe Stocks and McMillan Stocks (we are Australian distributors of both McMillan and Grayboe).
The overall weight of the Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest is 165 grams.
The cheek rests come in a variety of finishes including carbon fibre, kryptech and camo patterns.
Upgrading the action & bolt The Howa 1500 can be a cost effective rifle to base a build on. From the factory they perform well, but with a little aftermarket care can be a very competitive and accurate tool. In this case, it formed the basis of a powerful long-range hunting rifle in South Australian conditions.
Read more about the process here....
Today we look at a ground-up custom build by our Adelaide gunsmiths, capable of competition-grade performance at 1000m distances. The new owner and lucky shooter only needs to fit a scope, head to the field and step it out as far as their skill allows.
One of our specialties as gunmiths (and passions as shooters!) is precision and practical rifle series (PRS) style competition - so that formed the overall direction and theme of this custom rifle build. It had to be something easy to maneuver in movement competition with reliable performance and precision accuracy.
Heads-up to all hunters who enjoy a hot fire and good company, the Willalooka Tavern‘s annual Hunters and Heads night is is on again this month.
The event draws people from across Australia and combines country hospitality with displays and actions of hunting gear, apparel and goods. The display will feature various taxidermied heads.
Our head gunsmith Nik will also be around to shoot the breeze around the Tavern’s wood fires, including your firearm build or repair projects, and may have a few items for display.
The event starts at 5pm on Saturday, July 29.
Entry is $15 which includes a hot and fresh Game Burger with salad. A full bar is available along with motel accommodation (please contact the model for bookings/more information)
Anyone wishing to display heads or host, host a display or donate goods towards the fundraising is welcomed. Contact the Willalooka Tavern for more information on 8757 8242.
Willalooka is a small rural community surrounded by farmland and beautiful native scrublands on the Limestone Coast (South East South Australia) in the Tatiara Council between Adelaide and Melbourne . Willalooka is about 2.5 hrs drive from Adelaide on the Riddoch Highway. Only 30 minutes down the road are the cellar doors of the incredible Padthaway wine region or 60 minutes to the internationally acclaimed Coonawarra wine region.
This video shows the test fire of a recent custom build of a Surgeon action and Pacnor barrel in the Aussie-made Precision Rifle Products Chassis (we love them so much, they’re now available on our webstore).
This gun was built for speed and flat shooting for Precision Rifle Series style competition. The set up was designed to fight wind with a heavier projectile and 1 1:7 twist rate on the barrel to suit.
It uses 107 grain projectiles which have almost identical wind drift as a 230 grain Berger 30 cal projectile from 300 win mag, out to 1000m.
One happy customer.
New and experienced .22LR shooters took to the field earlier this month for the Impact Dynamics Invitational Rimfire Challenge sponsored by Ignition Custom Engineering. Held in South Australia on a crisp and sunny weekend, weather was near ideal for .22LR competition (apart from a few gully breezes which presented a challenge for some of the newer shooters).
The two-day event was run very similarly to Impact Dynamic’s Precision Rifle Invitational series (which we also proudly sponsor), which combines positional shooting and physical movement across varying distances with the pressure of timed stages. These style of events provide a great opportunity to test abilities and learn new skills or apply knowledge.
Day one was designed for entry-level shooters with time generous stage times and greater flexibility. Some participants had only a few shots worth of experience while others had a good feel for their .22, but benefited from the coaching and confidence the event provided. We are really proud to be supporting these styles of events, which encourage and support shooters to develop their skills, ability and confidence in their chosen sport.
Target distances ranged between 20 and 100 metres with 12 stages in total. Positions included prone, supported (by stable and unstable bases) and offhand and sometimes a mix of all three. Almost every stage included target acquisition and transition and shooter relocation.
Congratulations to Peter Ellery who took out the top score on Day One (special mention to Tim Fruend who took out a longer distance uphill target while lying supine, rifle balanced between his feet on a support much higher than his head. From such an unusual position, his accuracy was surprisingly good and was a lot of fun to watch).
Day two, things got a little tougher. Time limits reduced, distances increased and the competition between shooters grew a little more fierce. An extra two bonus stages were introduced. Once again shooters were required to shoot prone, supported (by stable and unstable bases) and offhand (sometimes all within the same stage).
Congratulations to Stephen Goldsmith took out the top position by points on the day. Special mention to Bronte Jachman and Daryl Lenkic who placed third and second respectively, while shooting on borrowed rifles (performing well on another person’s rifle is a sign of a quality shooter who can adapt their knowledge to new or unfamiliar equipment).
Of course we enjoyed the Ignition Custom Engineering stage called Move Up, but our favourite stages included The Playground, Run the Ruins, River Raid, Eggsellent. Head gunsmith Nik Halliwell also picked Woodpile and one of the day two bonus stages as personal highlights where he scored a cold bore (first shot) impact on a 150m gong in firm cross-winds and sun direct in the eyes (alert: shamless bragging ahead) and being the only shooter on the day to back it up with a second round impact.
Well done to all shooters, especially for those who were taking part in a challenge event for the first time. Thank you to the Range Officers, Squad Leaders and officials who supported and encouraged newer shooters and kept the day running smooth and safe. Also a special mention to the event sponsors IGnition Custom Engineering, STS Steel Targets, The Armoury, Scoped Out, Projectile Warehouse and Earsafe SA.
Many of the rifles on the weekend have come through out workshop in some form or another, many receiving some work to get them up to a satisfactory competition level.
If you’re looking for more information about 22LR rifles you’ve come to the right place. We can happily explore some options for repairs and builds whether you’re a new shooter or a well seasoned veteran, regardless if its for paddock plinking or competition target. Email us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Ignition Custom Engineering are the Australian distributors for the full range of Masterpiece Arms (MPA) products, including their top performing MPA BA Chassis systems. Anything you see on their website, we can supply.
The MPA Chassis have become the official chassis system of the USA Precision Rifle Series competition and with good reason. They offer a quality made product with great performance in the field.
There provide options for various actions including Accuracy International, CZ, Badger, Howa, Mausingfield, Remington, Savage, Stiller, Surgeon and Tikka. They come in non-folding and folding models.
Each 6061-aluminium-machined chassis features a V-bedding system for accuracy and a pocketing system to reduce weight and increase structural integrity.
MPA have catered well to the precision shooter with fully customisable options to suit your needs, straight from the factory including adjustable length of pull, butstocks, cheek risers, EVG pistol grip and a variety of accessory options including rails, multiple sling swivel locations, monopod, barricade stop and built-in bubble levels.
To complete the custom experience, chassis are finished in durable Cerakote. Custom colours are available by request.
We love that MPA are a custom workshop just like us. They don’t use a mass-produced mentality and take their time to provide quality parts custom to your order. Some products do take three months to manufacture, but come with an assurance of quality, customer support and warranty.
Click here to read customer reviews and testimonials of the MPA product range.
Our team always gets excited by locally-made firearm products, such as this Modular Chassis Stock by Precision Rifle Products in Adelaide. We got our hands on this chassis in early 2016. Since then we’ve have been experimenting and testing in various configurations. Overall, we are impressed with quality of workmanship and design feature-set/options from the factory. It offers great accuracy, lightweight yet rugged is well priced and is easy to customise.
The modular-designed chassis is made up of two main pieces (an upper and lower piece) which join together with pivot/hinge pin at the front and a removable locking at the pin rear (similar to an AR-15). removing the rear pin allows the stock to swing open so the bolt can be fully cleared from the action. Very handy for maintenance, transporting the rifle or when shooting at ranges which require bolts to be removed. Overall the stock is very simple to assemble.
A huge selling point, unlike some other chassis systems, is the stock is non-folding, meaning its permitted in all states and territories of Australia. And it has good aftermarket support as it accepts regular AR-15 furniture such as pistol grips and buffer tube/stocks and AICS style mags.
At present the stocks only accept Rem 700 footprint actions (a Tikka model is in the works). The action is locked in place using a V-block which eliminates the need for bedding compound. It also means the stock can quickly be swapped between multiple barreled-actions for different setups with consistent results.
One of our favourite features of the PRP chassis is the centreline axis point. It lines up perfectly with the bolt body and bore axis. This gives a very smooth recoil pulse and enables you to come back onto the target effectively after a shot.
We are seeing the PRP stocks used more frequently in local competition (such as Precision Rifle and Practical Rifle Series competitions where shooters are looking for something rugged that offers accuracy, while keeping the weight down. This chassis weighs is made of aluminium T6061 billet, weighing in at about 1kg, and is Milspec hard anodized.
It comes from the factory with a as picatinny front end for all the tactical fans and their “functional extras”. Newer models are M-LOK and keymod compatible.
We are excited to add these stocks to our growing webstore and work with PRP on future stock designs.
These stocks are made to order and there’s currently a 2-4 week lead time. They come in anodized black, other colours by request. We can also finish them in a variety of Cerakote colour finishes including custom blends.
We love how easy it is to customise these stocks with colour changes. Its easy to work with from a gunsmithing perspective and we were impressed with the accuracy and its straight line bore axis. As a shooter, we found it easy to use as it was lightweight, comfortable to hold and has good bolt access. Its locally made and priced well compared with other chassis options currently on the market.
This CZ P09 is a beautiful example of how a small and simple modification can have a massive impact.
It was delivered to us in factory condition, including full standard black finish.
We finished the slide and safety release in Titanium Cerakote (leaving the frame as standard). Its a relatively inexpensive and quick change. But the results were impressive.
Our customer was thrilled to take home a custom and unique looking handgun.
The SHS STP 12 ga Shotgun is now available to Australian shooters, offering a straight-pull shotgun at an entry-level price. For shooters looking for more than the factory-five shot capacity, we have you covered.
We have magazine options which boost capacity by either two or five additional shots. Each kit includes a magazine extension piece (finished in Cerakote) which connects via an aftermarket magazine nut (the nut doesn’t include a sling, which is one less thing to get snagged on when hunting or in the field). Larger capacity kits also include a longer magazine spring.
Each kit is completed with a barrel clamp, which fixes the magazine in place and increases rigidity of the firearm for improved performance. You can choose either the Tactical Style clamp which includes a removable picatinny rail, or a more streamlined and lightweight Ultralite style clamp.
The kits are manufactured here in Adelaide at our fully licensed D class manufacturing gunsmith workshop and for peace of mind they are covered by a lifetime warranty.
If you want to get your hands on the new SHS Shotgun, contact C & S Sporting Arms (and tell them we sent you!).
It’s hard to beat a customised rifle for precision. Custom builds and aftermarket modifications allow you to control each element of the set-up. This means maximum performance beyond most factory/production rifles. But where to begin? Options are almost endless.
Grayboe Stocks are the latest tactical and hunting lightweight composite stocks to hit the Australian market and boy, are we excited. We are the official Australian distributors for these bad boys. They don't officially launch until SSAA SHOT Show Expo later this month but we couldn't resist this sneak preview....Grayboe uses new technology to deliver a top-end quality custom order stock within 3-6 weeks for well-under $1000 AUD. As any excited shooter or gunsmith would, we fitted it to a barrelled action and got shooting.
With the going down of the sun and the morning, we remember them; the countless men and women who laid down their life in service to Australia and New Zealand. Today we also look at one of the most common firearms used in battle by Australians in WWI – the Lee Enfield (sometimes known as the MLE or SMLE or simply a “303”).
The Lee Enfield is a magazine-fed 303 calibre bolt action rifle, originally produced in 1895. It takes its name from James Paris Lee‘s rear-locking bolt system and the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield where it was originally produced.
So what does MLE or SMLE or mean?
The “LE” stands for Lee Enfield” and the other letters refer to different model variations.
“MLE” was the first model and it means Magazine Lee Enfield (included in this category is the “LEC” Lee Enfield Cavalry Carbine which had a slightly shorter barrel).
Next came the “SMLE” which means Short Magazine Lee Enfield (and the variations of how to pronounce it vary from “smiley” to “smelly” and “S.M.L.E.” . Take your pick). It was shorter and lighter again. This is the version that made its way into the hands of the Aussie diggers.
The Lee Enfield was appointed as the standard issue rifle among Commonwealth nations when WW1 was declared i 1914 (Australia was only 13 years old as a newly federated nation!).
Lithgow Arms in NSW began producing the SMLE 1 No 1. Mk III in 1912 with about 13,800 rifles reaching Australian forces in 1913 and 1914 (it took until 1915 for wartime quantities of 20,000 rifles per year to be produced). Each rifle was produced with a bayonet that had a matching serial number. In true Aussie fashion, some diggers ditched the traditional canvas webbing and strap designs for Kangaroo leather.
What is it like to use?
From a gunsmithing perspective, not much has changed in the design since the early models. Although the Lee Enfields remain cock-on-close system while most modern rifles have moved to cock-on-open system. Diggers were made of tougher stuff than some modern day shooters – the rifles have a solid buttplate so recoil can be a factor to consider.
Have you shot the Australian Lee Enfield? Or have some interesting info about the Australian Lee Enfield? Please let us know by emailing email@example.com
We pay our respects and give thanks to those who served Australia and New Zealand during WW1, WW2 and beyond.
In exactly a month the 2017 SSAA SHOT Show Melbourne will open its doors on the biggest shooting sports event in Australia. Which means we have only four weeks to get our very exciting new products ready for launch!
All of us at ICEng are shooting enthusiasts so its great to be immersed in a safe, pro-firearm culture, explore the latest and greatest from the industry and grab a few bargains. SHOT Show is always a great chance to talk about our favourite subject with people who feel the same way.
But this year we are extra excited because we have some new things to announce and products to introduce for the first time. Some are masterpieces, designed and fabricated by our talented gunsmiths (including a major change for the Australian market).
We’ve also got exciting new partnerships to announce and brilliant new products which haven’t been seen in Australia yet. Plus we will have discounts on offer for SHOT Show attendees.
Mysterious, much? Stay tuned, we can tell you more over the next few weeks leading up the event (or just come on the day to see for yourself).
You can find us at Site 402…which is in the thick of the action between the shooting range and the demonstration/talk area (towards the rear of the expo building, on the way to the outdoor exhibitors, working gundogs and food area).
More than 14,000 people are expected this year, so we are busily stacking up on business cards and promo gear. What would you like us to bring for display? Or to bring for sale? Let us know on Facebook (or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The term “tactical” conjures up many images when talking about custom firearm modifications among our gunsmiths. At one end of the spectrum, there are the extreme tacticool operators, who kit out their gear with enough rails to mount their frypan and camping equipment.
But for the most part, “tactical” means making a firearm more functional, easy to use or safe in a practical application like competition or hunting.
This particular build is a beautiful example of how tactical can also be clean and minimalist at the customer’s request.
Once the Rem 700 action was in our hands, we ensured off-the-shelf precision and quality consistent performance by accurizing the action and upgrading the extractor. The client also opted for an oversized bolt knob to for ease of use and spiral fluting for protection against dirt in the field.
To keep the lines of the barrel clean and streamlined to suit the overall theme, the muzzle brake was fabricated to blend seamlessly with the barrel (we can custom fabricate can make any size and style) to ensure efficiency without interrupting the seamless clean line of the barrel.
The barrelled action and all attached metal parts including the brake were finished in black Cerakote and it was ready to fit into the stock.
The look of this rifle was completed with a Precision Rifle Products modular chassis stock (which is manufactured right here in Adelaide – our product review and purchase through our webstore will be ready soon). The stocks come standard in black, but to keep the look light and clean we Cerakoted it in Coyote Tan. We paired up the chassis with a Magpul But Stock in Coyote Tan and a folding stock adapter.
Clean, simple and tactical.
What’s the craziest tactical modification you’ve ever seen? Hop over to Facebook and let us know!
“Mad March” is upon us and sleepy old Adelaide town has been transformed into a buzzing metropolis of adventure with Clipsal 500 Supercars, Adelaide Cup Day, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival, WOMAdelaide just some of the key events livening up the cityscape. Its also a really busy month for us at Ignition Custom Engineering with a few key events - and some workshop/ office closures - to mark into the SA shooter’s schedule.
The Adelaide Arms and Militaria Fair is upon us again this month, kicking off on Saturday March 25 & Sunday March 25 at Greyhound Park, Angle Vale. We will be hosting “Ask A Gunsmith” once again at the Ignition Custom Engineering stand, where you can chat with some of our team (including our head gunsmith Nik) to discuss project ideas or any questions about guns, gunsmithing and shooting.
This gun show is the largest firearm trade gathering in SA, held twice each year, and features vendors from across Adelaide and the country. On offer is a vast selection of new and used firearm and militaria items, ranging from antique military guns, cannons and armory to samurai swords and daggers.
We will have a small selection of goods on display – let us know what you would like us to bring for you to have a look at.
While you’re there, have a chat with the blokes from some of Adelaide’s other great local firearm companies including Precision Rifle Products, Impact Dynamics, Steel Target Systems, Projectile Warehouse, Afterdark Surveillance & Meplat Firearms.
Adelaide Arms & Militaria Fair
March 25th & 26th 2017
Sat March 25: 9am – 5pm
Sun March 26th: 9am – 3pm
Greyhound Race Track, Angle Road, ANGLE PARK SA
Admission: $10, kids under 15 free.
Our head gunsmith Nik is stepping out of the workshop and setting up shop at the South East Field Days on March 16 and 17, to host "Ask A Gunsmith" at our stall - so come along, armed with your questions and find us in the Lions Pavillion. Its a great opportunity to discuss a project idea (likes the oddball ones!)
Presenting the ICEng Action Slicking Spring & Roller Kit which includes all the aftermarket parts to smooth out the cycling action of the Adler A110. We've been working with IPSC competitors for the past few months to test the various components under high pressure situations and (after a few tweaks) we've found a combination we are very happy with.
The 2017 Duck season has opened this week in South Australia (with Tasmania and Victoria opening later in the year). If you’re new to duck or quail hunting, where to start? Here are few of our top picks and tips to help you get started.
First off, you will need a hunting permit (which are issued by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in SA for Duck and Quail or see below for a list for other states)
Before you go buying up every cam patterned shooting vest and red dot sights, get some hands on time with your firearm to get your natural skill level up and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. That will set you up with a great picture of what you need when you’re ready to purchase a new firearm or custom build one (without getting sidetracked on the things you don’t need to spend money on).
Stay comfortable so you can stay in the field longer
The number one accessory we advise for duck hunting is a recoil paid. There is a bit of pride in carrying a bruised shoulder during the week from heavy recoil. Our head gunsmith Nik is carrying a nice one from shooting a 585 Nyati custom build rifle this week. So he will be the first to tell you, there’s only so much recoil-punch you want to take before it just gets annoying. We recommend and use Limbsaver brand recoil pads for many shotgun models. Many recoil pads can usually be installed at home and will make your hunting trip much more comfortable so you can stay in the field longer.
Which shotgun is best for duck hunting?
It doesn’t really matter what you shoot with, just try something and you’ll figure out what you like and what works best for you. We generally suggest starting with an entry-level shotgun which means trading in some features and quality for a lower price tag. But starting with an entry-level shotgun is a good way to experiment and determine what features work well for you (and what don’t!) before investing in a premium model.
Some of our top picks in the entry level are:
- Beretta Silver Pigeon – a great quality brand, bare bones model to bring the price down
- Akkar Churchill Double Barrel Shotgun -considerable quality double barrel for the price tag
- Hatsan Escort – its quality isn’t the highest, but it has a full synthetic weather resistant finish making it ideal for all weather conditions
- Adler A110 Shotgun – Good fun for the price tag with lots of aftermarket support including chokes, extensions, trigger/action upgrades etc.
Don’t forget to look after your shotguns firearms and prepare your firearm duck hunting season, to keep them in safe and top working condition.
What about ammo?
SA has some specific rules about ammunition for duck hunting . You must use steel shot (not lead shot) over waterways. Make sure your chokes are steel shot compatible. If not, you risk blowing up the end of your barrel.
Duck and quail hunters must only use a smooth bore firearm that has a bore not exceeding 1.9cm (12 gauge) with shot no larger than BB (4.1mm in diameter).
Get cosy and confident with your equipment
Practice with your duck call at home- yes it will probably drive the spouse/kids/neighbours/dog crazy but you want to know how to use it before you hit the reserve. The same goes for your shotgun. Practice on targets and clays regularly to build accuracy and confidence with moving targets. Get familiar with the shot pattern and spread of your shotgun so you’re more effective with your shots in the field.
Where can I shoot ducks and quail in SA?
There are several game reserves where you may shoot with a permit during duck season including Chowilla, Moorook, Loch Luna, Currency Creek, Lake Robe, Mud Islands, Poocher Swamp, Tolderol, Bucks Lake and Bool Lagoon. Not all of them are open for the full season, be sure to check the individual reserve times.
There are some areas off the game reserves you can also shoot, once again following regulations set by the State Government.
Remember there are certain species of duck which are allowed, the rest are off limits.
To find out more about what our gunsmiths can do to get the most out of your shotgun this duck hunting season, email us at email@example.com
Thanks to custom picatinny rail created in-house by our gunsmiths, this 22LR Lithgow Crossover now has the elevation adjustment to shoot out to 400m on dial-alone.
The rifle was set up for long-range competition use (precision rifle and field) but the factory mounting options didn’t support enough scope elevation. This was reducing the amount of elevation available, costing time and accuracy when finding and hitting the target.
So, our gunsmiths created a picatinny rail in 55MOA to allow maximum elevation adjustment. The rail was made to suit the length and size of receiver, with a cut out for the ejection port and drilled/tapped to suit. It was finished in black Cerakote.
With a trigger job to bring the factory trigger down to 1lb, it is ready for some accurate competition and field work.
Email us to find out what rail options we an create for your firearm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every firearm is equal when it comes to sight mounting options. We can create a custom picatinny rails for any handgun, rifle or shotgun. All 100% Aussie made by our gunsmiths at our Adelaide workshop. Rails can be made in any size up to 600mm (24") but its not just the length that counts, right? ...
Each loading gate is hand–fabricated by our gunsmiths at our Adelaide workshop. Its made of aircraft grade aluminium and finished in black Cerakote making it lightweight and hard wearing.
The gate and tube kit is designed to quickly load rounds into the magazine tube for IPSC competition use.
We offer them at our online store (free standard shipping within Australia).
Our client was wanting to reduce eye strain and aid clarity of vision by moving to a a sight/scope that allowed two-eye target acquisition while shooting pistol competition with their Colt 1911 Rail Gun. The Vortex Viper 6MOA Red Dot was the answer, but this Colt was just not designed to accommodate it.
Installing an off-the-shelf picatinny rail meant the sights would sit too high (there would be too much offset between the sight and the bore).
This design needed to be low profile, high speed and low drag for competition. So we created a custom picatinny rail with a lower profile and modified to slide to create a tidy recess for the rail to nestle into.
After finishing in Cerakote, the pistol was ready to go. Now there is a happy shooter rocking their Rail Gun with a new Vortex Viper and both eyes on target.
With the rising notoriety of the Adler, Pardus and other 12ga shotguns in Australia, there seems to be more and more variations among the models of shotgun available. Some of these are functional like barrel length but many changes are cosmetic, like if the stock is wood or synthetic material or the colour of the action.
And why not? Everything about you says something about you. Firearms can be very personal and a reflection of identity. In response we have created series of colourful and eye catching shotgun accessories so you can “pimp your 12ga” to suit your style.
For several months our ICEng aftermarket shotgun followers and magazine nuts have been available in red, blue, silver, black and gold. Black is standard and timeless, but the red and blue have been hot selling items.
Its time the popular Ultralite Barrel Clamp and Tactical Barrel Clamp with removable picatinny rail options caught up. This month we are offering a limited run of red and blue Ultralite Barrel Clamps and Tactical Barrel Clamps (with removable picatinny rail).
The finish is slightly darker than the follower and nut, but creates a stunning impact when teamed up together. The red really rolls with the Adler “Rockstar” model (which features an action finished in red). The blue set produces a perfect picture when paired up with the blue Pardus. Either option creates an eye-catching and custom look to the standard wood stock or synthetic stock shotgun (or if you want to go all out, email us about a Cerakote job).
Both barrel clamp styles are designed for use with an ICEng extension kit (there may not be enough tube length to fit it on the factory 5 shot version). The Ultralite is compatible with Adler, Pardus and most 12ga lever action shotguns.
The Tactical Clamp with removable rail is compatible with most shotguns but is better suited to the +3, +5 or +6 extensions. It does not suit most Pardus models.
This past week marks an exciting turning point for the Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) market in Australia as Timney Triggers announced its latest creation; a top-end two-stage trigger designed especially for the RPR range. Buy it now
The new Timney RPR trigger is self-contained and ready to drop-into the Ruger Precision Rifle and offers an exceptionally smooth, crisp, and adjustable weight two-stage trigger pull.
From the factory, pull weight is calibrated for half-pound first stage and one-pound second stage. But being adjustable, you you can get it exactly to your liking. First stage can be adjusted from ½ pound to one pound while the second stage ranges ½ pound to two pounds. The trigger is offered in straight and curved trigger shoes models.
There’s a reason we became Australian Timney Trigger suppliers. Actually, there’s a few.
Timney Triggers has become the largest trigger manufacturer in the world over the past 70 years. Their exceptional workmanship and attention to detail in manufacturing, use of quality materials and precision performance out-of-the-box. Each trigger is hand tested and calibrated backed up by lifetime warranty.
Here’s what they said about the new RPR: ” The RPR trigger housing is constructed of military-grade, 6061 T6 alloy that is CNC machined using state-of- the-art robotics and is anodized for superior durability. The trigger is also CNC machined, heat treated and coated. The sear is wire EDM cut, heat treated to 58-60 Rockwell and Teflon-nickel coated for lubricity and dependable, long-lasting service life.”
We have had plenty of hands-on-time with Timneys building custom rifles and gunsmithing in our workshop in Adelaide SA. As shooters we love using them out in the field. Our customers have given great feedback too using them in real world applications on Remingtons, Mausers, Howas, Ruger, Weatherbys, CZ and more.
What does our head gunsmith Nik say about the Timneys? “We love the crisp, clean break. Who can go past the precision and performance of the Timney Trigger Calvin Elite trigger for the Remingtons? What better option for a precision rifle than a top of the line aftermarket precision trigger like this?”
If you want to get your hands on one, you are in luck. Even luckier if you want to be among the first in Australia to buy one. We are proud Australian suppliers for the Timney range and have the first batch of the new Timney Trigger Ruger Precision Rifle trigger en-route to our workshop in Adelaide, SA. Hop over to our online webstore to raise an order: https://shop.iceng.com.au/collections/triggers/products/ruger-precision-rifle-rpr-trigger-pre-order-special-price.
Timney Triggers: www.shop.iceng.com.au/collections/triggers/
Timney Trigger Ruger Precision Rifle trigger: https://shop.iceng.com.au/collections/triggers/products/ruger-precision-rifle-rpr-trigger-pre-order-special-price
Talk over your project ideas with some of Adelaide’s leading gunsmiths as the Ignition Custom Engineering team host “Ask a Gunsmith” at South Australia’s premier firearm expo – The Adelaide Arms and Militaria Fair – next Saturday and Sunday.
Ask us about aftermarket upgrades or repairs, or perhaps that nagging oddball question that no one can seem to answer…..If no one else knows or can do it, we most probably can. We specialise in the unusual and unique and are not afraid of a challenge.
We will also be showcasing a small selection of the custom jobs we can do as fully licenced D-class manufacturing gunsmiths.
Twice a year the team at Tarling Events throws open the doors to Adelaide’s biggest gun, firearm and militaria collecting and trading event which attracts several thousand punters from across South Australia. The Fair (or Adelaide Gun Show as its affectionately called) stretches across 2300 square metres in the undercover function centre at Chasers Expo Centre at Greyhound Park, Angle Vale SA.
It offers a prestigious and premier collection of historic and collectible rifles and guns and armed-forces memorabilia.
For the hunters, there are knives and hunting equipment and accessories. Plus stalls catering for target and competition shooters.
Some of the samples you might see at the Ignition Custom Engineering stall include:
- Custom built rifles and handguns
- Aftermarket custom shotguns
- Muzzlebrakes and flash hiders
- Bolt fluting and knobs
- Extractor upgrades
- Custom Cerakote work
- Weight reduction/lightened firearms for hunting
- Accuracy and precision upgrades for target acquisition in competition or hunting
- Aftermarket fabrication work
- Lever action upgrades
- Rebarrels and chamber work
- Trigger work / upgrades and aftermarket triggers inc Timney Triggers
- Decommissioned/display pieces
- Let us know if there’s something specific you want to see
One of the common questions we get is about changing calibre on a rile or changing from one brand of magazine to another. We’ve done plenty of these styles of conversions. If this is something you’ve ever thought of, we can happily talk you through the process at the Arms Fair.
We can decommission firearms too – that means keeping the look of the firearm intact while altering its internal mechanics so it no longer functions. We include a SA Police certificate so it can legally be used for display outside a safe. So if you find something on the day at another stall or there’s something at home you want for display (not use) come speak to us and find out how we can make it happen.
At Ignition Custom Engineering, our team believes in supporting the shooting community at a local level and have proudly been part of this event for several years – along with some of South Australia and Adelaide’s leading firearms industry innovators (names like Impact Dynamics / Southern Shooters, STS Targets, Precision Rifle Products, Projectile Warehouse, & Afterdark Surveillance).
Admission is $10 (children are free) and you can discuss the day’s finds with mates over a meal on site at Chasers Restraunt. Be sure to bring cash for purchases as EFT facilities are not always available.
Adelaide Arms & Militaria Fair
Ask a Gunsmith @ Ignition Custom Engineering stall
Saturday October 15, 2016 – 9am to 5pm
Sunday October 16, 2016 – 9am – 3pm
Greyhound Race Track, Angle Road, ANGLE PARK SA
The October Long weekend is almost upon us again here in South Australia which means the Mid North is gearing up for the 142nd Jamestown Show on Monday, October 3.
We are proudly joining the action this year at Jamestown, sponsoring the Young Farmers Challenge event.
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.
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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.
Purchase the extractor & install now
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 email@example.com and we can get you a price.
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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.
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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.
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ICEng head gunsmith Nik Halliwell speaks with Channel 7 News Adelaide regarding the Adler ban.
For some shooters, the factory 5 shot version of the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun does the job. But others have found a need for a larger capacity shotgun. Particularly in primary industries, pest management, hunting or competition such as IPSC.
We manufacture and sell online magazine extension kit for the Adler. The kits can increase you capacity by an additional 2-6 shots, depending on the size kit you opt for. They are designed as DIY installations.
Which kit is best for me?
First off, let me ask are you happy to modify the factory magazine tube or would you rather leave it intact?
We experimented with single-piece tube designs when the Adler was released, but we found the wall of the tube in single piece styles had to be thinned out too much and was at risk of splitting. We stand by our products with a full lifetime warranty, so that was not an option.
The answer was to create a two-piece magazine extension. This keeps the integrity of the extension tubes and gives greater flexibility in changing between magazine capacity sizes quickly and easily. It also gives greater control over the end length so you can tinker until its exactly in line with the end of the barrel.
If you’re happy to cut the tube…
Then go for our standard Extension Kits (listed here on our webstore). Basic power tools and a steady hand are all that’s required (instructions provided). Basically you will cut the end of the magazine tube off and store that end-piece somewhere safe. The modification can be reversed should the shooter wish to return to the original 5 shot capacity simply by screwing back on that end-piece of tube.
To change capacity, remove the clamp and swap over the extension piece for a different size one. Simple as that.
ICEng’s +2 and +5 extension tube and Nordic clamp kits alongside the Adler A110 28″ model
If you want to keep the factory tube intact…
Then go for the Deluxe Extension Kits. These include a magazine tube that’s already cut to size. All you need to do is unscrew the factory magazine and put it somewhere safe, screw in the pre-cut main tube supplied then attach the extension piece using your magazine nut. You can swap the extension piece for other size extension pieces as above. To go back to factory capacity, unscrew the whole kit and screw back in the mag extension. Voila!
Great. I know which style I want. What sizes are there?
Our kits can increase the capacity by an extra 2, 3, 5 or 6 shots. The +2 extension creates a really nice weight balance, but the +5 can’t be beat if you’re looking for a few extra rounds while hunting.
The +2 style sits roughly flush with the end of the muzzle of the
We also make custom sizes by request (the +3 extension kits were originally a request from 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, or stainless by request, 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.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Happy hunting and send us your action shots!
A unique build completed here in the Ignition Custom Engineering workshop recently.
It is a 300 blackout, fluted with a custom extraction system and custom-built flash hider.
Its topped off with a picatinny rail and finished in Cerakote (colour Coyote Tan).
Thanks to Hunter – Huntress (Simon & Jess). This Aussie couple is always updating their page with great Australian hunting related adventures. Check it out!
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.
The Ignition Custom Engineering stall will be at Site 1, Yakka Pavilion both Friday and Saturday.
Come past, grab a business card and say g’day!
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.
One happy customer.
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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 small teaser trailer giving a little taste into one of the exciting projects coming up at Ignition Custom Engineering.
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.
- Full commissioned builds
- Aftermarket upgrades
- Trigger jobs
- Action work
- Custom bolt knobs & muzzle breaks
- Handgun customization
- Rifle bedding
- Servicing and repairs of old or non-functioning firearms
- Parts and fitting
- Custom machining jobs (mill, lathe, etc)