American Custom Gunmakers Guild   Project No.18    Custom 1903 Springfield Sporter    100th Anniversary of the 1903 Springfield    .35 Whelen


Griffin & Howe Sidemount, homogeneously integrated into receiver. Smooth, custom made bolt stop---closed, above; open, below.

    Gold inlaid tip of bolt knob

Detented-hooded, full-band front sight.

Integral rear sight base and (hidden) recoil lug.


26" round Krieger barrel with Wisner full-band hooded front sight and integral full-band swivel base. Integral full-band rear sight base with integral recoil lug on the underside. 1 standing and 2 folding express sights regulated for and engraved 50, 100 and 200 yards. Stocked in the style of a pre-war Griffin & Howe sporter by Bruce Farman of oil-finished, fully-fiddleback quarter-sawn California English walnut with ebony forend tip, steel capped pistol grip, Hoffman-style double-beaded pancake cheekpiece, subtly fluted comb, 24 LPI wrap-around point-pattern checkering, inletted rear swivel base and smooth steel buttplate. Metalwork by Ed Lapour: custom squarebridge Springfield 1903 action with military clip charger slot removed, custom flush-fitting detented bolt stop, three-position Model 70-type safety, Canjar trigger with classic shaped shoe, original Springfield cocking knob, integrally faired-in Griffin & Howe sidemount base, jeweled bolt, custom bolt handle with 4-panel checkered knob, and Wisner one-piece bottom metal with hinged straddle floorplate. Extensively engraved by Robert Evans with acanthus scroll, highlighted with French gray and gold borderlines. Kahles 2-7x36mm matte-finish scope with fine duplex reticle on custom rings fitted to a pre-war Griffin & Howe all-steel, single-lever, quick-detachable rail. Pull: 13 7/8". Weight: 9lbs, 12oz. All in a brass-mounted, French-fitted display table/case of maple-marquetry-inlaid walnut with removable legs by Ralph Powell and with cleaning accessories by Marvin Huey. Pictured on cover of both "Gunmaker", summer 2002 and Gun Digest 2003. The American Custom Gunmakers Guild, founded in 1983, is dedicated to the advancement of the art of custom gun building. Each year the organization creates a special custom gun which is raffled at their annual convention each January in Reno. This was the 18th project, completed in 2002. 2681 raffle tickets were sold for this rifle at $20, each for a total of $53,620.00   Now, yours for $19,750.

Amongst the paperwork included with this special rifle are the following:


Cover of Gun Digest, 2003.                                                                                                                                                                       The winning ticket.    2681 raffle tickets were sold for this rifle at $20, each, for a total of $53,620.00



Promotional tearsheet for the rifle.                                                                                                                                                    ACGG Certificate  


Cover of ACGG's magazine "Gunmaker", and article inside (below).


See also, on the American Custom Gunmakers Guild web site:   And, on Ed LaPour's web site: - Click on "Custom Rifles", and then on the photo of this rifle in the upper left corner of that page.

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