Come, Visit with this Beautiful Frank Pachmayr Custom Rifle
By Chris Eger
Frank A. Pachmayr (1906-1997) was described as “America’s Master Gunsmith” and this custom rifle from his shop can attest to that. (All Photos: Guns.com)
For over 50 years, California’s Frank Pachmayr turned out high-quality custom rifles with Old World craftsmanship. This is one of his beauties.
Frank learned his trade at the hands of his gunsmith father, German immigrant Gus Pachmayr, and young Frank reportedly learned to turn barrels by the ripe old age of eight. By age 22, in December 1929, the junior Pachmayr struck out and founded his own shop.
For over a half-century, Pachmayr Gun Works, or PGW, would remain on 1220 S Grand Ave in Los Angeles where rifled actions would be mated with finely figured walnut stocks, then tuned to the customer’s specifications or choice of caliber, and a finished, custom gun delivered to spec. He also became one of the first to transform the GI M1911 .45ACP into the popular combat/competition gun seen in the late 1970s, in short, tactical/practical before it was called that.
In time, Pachmayr invented dozens of accessories that are still standard in the firearms community today, including a host of recoil pads and handgun grips, optics mounts, and detachable sling swivels.
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