The Handicapped Man’s “Annie Oakley” Marlin

By Clint Hawkins
Owner Hawkins Arms LLC,
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Member

AO1The Marlin Model 1897 became famous by being the rifle used by Annie Oakley. Before she met Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie was the bread winner for her mother’s family by being a prime supplier of quail for restaurants. They especially liked her birds because they didn’t have lead pellets in them. She shot the quail through the head with her .22 Rifle. Continue reading


Look Ma! No Ejector! (Or, “What is this, anyway?”)

By Clint Hawkins
Owner Hawkins Arms LLC,
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Member

A client brought in an interesting project the other day. He had purchased a rifle of unknown heritage that was beauti­fully blued and kind of looked like a Mauser. More on that later. It had been re-barreled, but whoever did it didn’t both­er to stamp the caliber on the barrel. The man from whom he bought it told him that the caliber was “8mm-06 or .300 something or other, probably a magnum.” He also brought a stock in which he wanted to mount the barreled action. He wanted it inletted, the barrel free floated and glass bedded, but he wanted to do the exterior himself. Continue reading


Nitre Blue Colt 1902

by Clint Hawkins
Hawkins LLC, Pro Course Graduate & GCA Charter Member

The Tragedies and Triumphs of a Gunsmith

“Best foot forward,” they always say, but you have to know the story! This is not a story about how great I am in doing Nitre Blue for you will quickly see that’s not true, or even how great the results can be if you use it on your projects. It is really about the things you need to watch out for to successfully complete the project. Gene Shuey shows all the right things to do and how to do them in his Rust and Nitre Bluing course. AGI courses do warn about what can happen “if” … but their time is too valuable to show anything except what is the right result. Continue reading


Getting Started And Is A Newsletter For You?

By Clint Hawkins
Owner Hawkins Arms LLC,
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Member

Four years ago, while taking a SBA (Small Business Administration) course conducted by our local community college called the SBDC (Small Business Development Course), one of the key things promoted by the mentor working with me on my business plan was this:

Publish a newsletter for your potential and existing clientele. Continue reading