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Ignition Custom Winter Classic PRS Australia Done and dusted!

The 2019 Ignition Custom Winter Classic Precision Rifle Series Australia match is done and dusted for another year.
Yes, that pun was intended. Dust the biggest challenge of the day. But plenty of fun! Close competition and surprise stages. Read more for full review including winners.

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Retiring the Nerf Rifle

It started with a Remington 700 and a very loud Cerakote job....but all good things come to an end, including the reign of the notorious Ignition Custom NERF Rifle. We pay tribute to the work horse that served us through two years of Australian precision and practical rifle events (2016 to 2018).

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Whats the best last minute preparation for Precision Tactical Rimfire Challenge?

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? There are plenty of brilliant products and services that can improve functionality and performance for your 22. It can seem overwhelming...

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Ask A Gunsmith at Jamestown Show (Mid North & Flinders)

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.

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IGnition Custom Engineering’s Young Farmers Challenge at Jamestown Show 2017

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.

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Stretching shooter ability at Impact Dynamics Rimfire Challenge

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)....read on

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Rifle of the ANZAC: remembering the Lee Enfield

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 rifle was standard issue among Aussie diggers in WW1. Image courtesy of Australian War Memorial

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?

Short Magazine Lee Enfield No 1 Mk III (SMLE No 1 Mk III). Image courtesy of Australian War Memorial

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).

1915 Australian Lithgow No.1 MkIII (H) SMLE (later used as the basis for No1 MkIII* HT sniper rifles).

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.

 

Diggers of the 5th Division 4172 Private (Pte) George James Giles, 29th Battalion (left) and 4015 Pte John Wallace Anderton, 32nd Battalion, just out of the trenches, in full kit (with mud), including webbing with ammunition pouches and trenching tool. Anderton has a canvas breech cover on his rifle. Pte Giles’ entire complete uniform and rifle are held by the Australian War Memorial

 

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 sales@iceng.com.au

We pay our respects and give thanks to those who served Australia and New Zealand during WW1, WW2 and beyond.

 

SSAA SHOT Show Melbourne 2017

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 sales@iceng.com.au)

What’s on for SA Shooters this March

“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.

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Raising scope elevation to 55MOA for 22LR with custom pic rail

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 sales@iceng.com.au

Ask a Gunsmith at Adelaide Arms Militaria Fair (Adelaide Gun Show)

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.

Adelaide Arms and Militaria Fair (aka Adelaide Gun Show) features 2300 sqaure metres of firearms and pieces for all styles of shooters and includes Ignition Custom Engineering
Adelaide Arms and Militaria Fair (aka Adelaide Gun Show) features 2300 square metres of firearms and pieces for all styles of shooters and includes Ignition Custom Engineering

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 ShootersSTS 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