By Dan Shideler
Provides articles on assorted gun versions and components, and gives descriptions and costs for the most recent household and imported guns.
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The burgeoning demand for ARstyle guns led S&W into that market, and was the prime reason for the acquisition of Thompson-Center Arms. It was simple synergism: S&W needed a supply of precision rifle barrels, and T/C already had the expertise and equipment and was well known for superb barrels on its own rifle line. Back in the day, the production of a rifle barrel might require as many as 85 operations. indd 29 29 6/2/11 2:46:25 PM SMITH & WESSON: AMERICAN PIONEER A short distance from the factory is the Smith & Wesson retail store and shooting center.
S solid gold watch fob bars and numerous trophies that he won during his participation in trapshooting competition throughout the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. indd 31 31 6/2/11 2:36:10 PM THE KAUTZKY DYNASTY: FIVE GENERATIONS OF GUNSMITHING AND TRAPSHOOTING The Kautzky Ancestry According to our earliest family records, our traditional line of family history takes place in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic), near the village of Ritschka, around the year 1800. A young peasant by the name of Adalbert Kautzky was employed as a Leibjager, or hunting companion, to the Count and Countess Kilowrat of Reichenau.
S father placed him in a large gunmaking establishment in Vienna, where he mastered his craft. ” The masterful firearms that Joseph Sr. designed became the property of the school as payment for his tuition. Many of these firearms made by students were sold to Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. , returned to his home in Rokitnitz and there he assumed the responsibility of the operation of his father’s gun shop, and later married. In Rokitnitz, three of his five children were born: my two aunts, Anna and Pauline Kautzky, and my father’s brother Joseph Kautzky Jr.
Gun Digest 2012 by Dan Shideler