Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On the road again

So far his year I have given a power point presentation in three locations that span our great states. One hosted by Terry Niegel in Eugene OR. Another in San Antonio TX hosted by Hamlet Newsom and the most recent one along the historic lower Potomac River in MD. This last event was put together by Joe Coogan and Capt. Bob Wetherald. Like most of these events it was attended by a small but dedicated group of rifle enthusiast and big game hunters.

The presentation gives the audience an uncensored look behind the curtain at building a best quality big game rifle. The program is less than an hour in length and covers the entire construction of a rifle from commission to completion. I have offered this presentation to interested parties for over 20 years and it has allowed me to travel the country and meet some very dedicated hunters.

For further information on arranging such an evening in your area please feel free to call us at 435-755-6842 or through our e-mail address at echolslegend@comcast.net

Classic 505 Gibbs in the field

Bryan Walt just returned from a hunt in Botswana that fulfilled a life long dream. Hunting with John Oosthuizen of Hunters & Guides he took an excellent bull elephant. The rifle he used was a Classic 505 Gibbs assembled in our shop. The bull was taken with one round and killed with a newly designed Barnes 525gr Round Nose solid. Congratulations to both Bryan and John.

The .30-06: Still killing sheep after all these years...

One of our clients took this beautiful Stone's ram while hunting with Collingwood Brothers in northern British Columbia last week. He hunted the ram with a rather unique .30-06 Legend rifle built on a modified left hand Granite Mountain Arms G33/40 action.

Congratulations on a great hunt and a great ram!

Two Standards of the World: The Stinson Gullwing and the Echols Legend .375 H&H

We recently had the pleasure of delivering a Legend rifle chambered in .375 H&H to Mr. Michael Boren.   Our usual procedure for delivery involves lots of packing tape, foam nurbles, and a visit from the UPS truck.  So we were pleased when Mike indicated that he wanted to pick up his rifle in person.  After a quick tour of the shop and short stop at the range to zero the rifle, we dropped Mike off at the airport for his trip home in his "old plane".

The "old plane" turned out to be a gorgeously restored Stinson Gullwing.  Built in 1939,  the Stinson was the depression-era equivalent of today's Gulfstream V.  Spacious and powerful,  Mike's Stinson was sent to England as part of the Lend/Lease program, and served as a coastal patrol aircraft.   Repatriated in 1943,  it moldered for years until Mike bought it and began the 6 year restoration process.  A medalist at the Oshkosh fly-in, this Gullwing isn't a "hangar queen" and is flown regularly.

Brian, Mike, and two Legends

The Stinson takes us back to another time.  A time when quality in design and execution was the norm, and not the exception.    Stinson's motto, "The Aircraft Standard of the World",  embodies what we strive to achieve in our shop.

Variety of groups fired from Mike's .375 with 300 gr. Barne's TSX/Solid and Woodleigh 350 gr. PPSN/FMJ