Late last year Masterpiece Arms released the newest in its line up of premium competition bolt action rifle chassis, called the Matrix Chassis. The US-based manufacturer touted it as a revolution in customisable rifle stocks with 100+ configuration options.
Its been turning heads at Shot Show USA this year. And this is why.
South Aussie firearms manufacturer MANAEL has released its latest firearm accessory designed to increase capacity of short action centrefire magazines. The +4 Magazine Base Extension Pad gives a few extra rounds in hunting or centrefire rifle competitions such as PRS, where a mag change can make or break a stage. Boosts capacity by 4 rounds in AI style mags/Accurate Mags in 308, 6.5CM, 243, 22-250, 7mm-08, 260rem.
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.
Its been a few years since we introduced this nifty little DIY install product to the Ignition Custom Engineering shelves, but we still get lots of calls to see if the Ignition Custom Adler Action Slick Smooth Spring Kit (try saying that three times fast) is...
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.
This Tikka T3 has been given a new lease on life with a little love and care from our gunsmiths. The action was in unfired condition, but the bolt was damaged with minor surface marks. Functionally, it was perfect but its appearance meant it couldn't be sold as "new"....so we got out hands on it and had a little fun giving the factory rifle a facelift. Including a Masterpiece Arms chassis...
Today we look at a sub-MOA rifle out of the Ignition Custom Engineering workshop, built off a Bat Machine Action, Proof Research Carbon Fibre barrel and McMillan stock.
How do we know it's a real tac driver? Tthe proof is in the groupings....Fresh from our workshop to reaching a sub MOA grouping at 700m within 6 shots. Read on....
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.
Its not everyday you see Cerakote with this many layers. This Ruger Precision Rifle started in factory black, but left our workshop with a complete eye-catching custom Cerakote job including Kyptech and Snakeskin in Coyote Tan, Fat Dark Earth, Burnt Bronze and custom blends.
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.
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...
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.
Adjustable cheek rests on rifles are very handy to create a personalised sight/scope alignment. That's why we love the Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest. 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.
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 combining country hospitality with displays and actions of hunting gear, apparel and goods.
We will be shooting the breeze around the Tavern's wood fires, ready to discuss your firearm build or repair projects, and may have a few items for display.
One happy customer: This gun was built for speed and Precision Rifle Series style competition with a specific design focus on fighting wind. The Precision Rifle Products Chassis was a key factor in this! Check out the video and info about it.
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.
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
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. What makes MPA so great?
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 super impressed. Want to know why?
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.
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).
The term “tactical” conjures up many images (such as those extreme tacticool operators, who kit out their gear with enough rails to mount their frypan and camping equipment). In this custom build, tactical meets clean, classic and (dare we say it?) classy!
“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 to discuss project ideas or any questions about guns, gunsmithing and shooting.
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.
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 email@example.com
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? ...
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.
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 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 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 SHS and Adler.
These nuts are included in extension kits for SHS, Pardus and Uzkon.
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.
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 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.
Installation involves removing the factory mag tube (And putting it somewhere safe), screwing in the extension pieces and reassembling the foreend. Instructions are provided.
To change capacity, remove the clamp and swap over the extension piece for a different size one. Simple as that.
To go back to factory capacity, unscrew the whole kit and screw back in the mag extension. Voila!
ICEng’s +2 and +5 extension tube lengths alongside the Adler A110 28″ model
Which size should I get?
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 is recommended for 20″ barrel shotguns as its roughly flush with the end of the muzzle.
The +5 style is recommended for 28″ barrel shotguns as it sits roughly flush with the end of the muzzle.
These kits have been popular for hunting and local IPSC competitors looking to increase capacity while remaining under the competition’s overall gun length rule.
Standard kits are finished in a hard-wearing black Cerakote.
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.
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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.