You spoke, they listened. Following feedback from customers, MANAEL have released the Version 2 of their famed Forward Assist Bolt Action (FABA) Kit, featuring a new streamlined, lighter foregrip and improved stainless handles.
Overall weight of the kit has been dropped from 550 grams to approx 400 grams.
The FABA kit creates an easy forward operation of the bolt action, with an ergonomic foregrip and new hex-grip texture. Fabricated from billet aluminium to be hard wearing, light weight and long lasting.
The Version 2 is available with M-lok slots on the bottom of the grip for mounting accessories.
Following customer feedback, the size and feel of the bolt handles has also improved. Knurled stainless steel bolt handles with free spin action, provide easy grip and ergonomic use. They are slightly smaller than the Version 1 knobs.
Its an easy DIY install (no gunsmithing required). Does not change the action type of the rifle (it remains a bolt action).
Ambidextrous kit for right-handed WFA1-L rifles. Can be used without bolt handles.
Exciting times for the Ignition Custom crew as we move into a new facility in Pooraka, South Australia. With more room and facilities, you can expect to see a lot more Aussie made products coming out of the Ignition Custom Engineering manufacturing workshop.
Can we call this "The Australian Terminator" and get away with it? Aussie made MANAEL action, Swan Barrel & PRP Chassis....designed exclusively for the Australian Precision Rifle Series by Ignition Custom Engineering. Read the story behind it...
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).
Accessories and parts for the Masterpiece Arms (MPA) Chassis collection are live on our webstore. Like us, MPA are specialists in long range precision shooting. And where we partner with PRS Australia, MPA are official partners with PRS USA and their gear is tried and tested by Team MPA PRS shooters.
Ignition Custom Engineering has been named the Official Gunsmith of Precision Rifle Series Australia! Building a competitive PRS gun is different from other rifles and we've spent many years experimenting with different tolerances and techniques...
A custom build can be a big process, but it doesn't have to be done all at once. What's the rush? Explore how this Remington build was staged to assist with budgeting and to get familiar with new components or modifications one piece at a time before deciding what's next.
What do you do when you can't find an off-the-shelf solution? We turned to Aussie firearms manfuacturer MANAEL for a custom titanium action to create a unique ultra-light-weight build (so customised, the client even chose their own serial number). Featuring Southfort Labs Kiwi Composite components. Built in Adelaide by our gunsmiths.
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.
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....
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 to discuss project ideas or any questions about guns, gunsmithing and shooting.
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 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.
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
Custom Cerakote work
Weight reduction/lightened firearms for hunting
Accuracy and precision upgrades for target acquisition in competition or hunting
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 SHS and Adler.
These nuts are included in extension kits for SHS, Pardus and Uzkon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.