Come, Visit with this Beautiful Frank Pachmayr Custom Rifle

 

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.

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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 .45 ACP 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.

With that as a backgrounder, let us take a look at an exquisite Pachmayr-made rifle currently in the Guns.com Vault of Certified Used firearms.

A Remington Model 30-S Express, this PGW-made rifle is chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum, a belted Big Five safari-level cartridge. This is a departure from the rifle’s standard offerings, which were .30-06, .25 Rem, .257 Roberts, .30 Rem, .32 Rem, .35 Rem, and 7x57mm Mauser.

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (7)

The custom barrel is marked “.458 Win Mag. 510-gr bullet.”

The Model 30, which was produced commercially from 1926 through 1940, was based on the Enfield M1917, which Remington made in large quantities for the U.S. Army in the Great War. The “American Enfield” was renowned for having a strong receiver. The 30-S Express was a more deluxe version

The serial number on the receiver puts this Model 30's date of original production from Remington as about 1938.

The serial number on the receiver puts this Model 30’s date of original production from Remington as about 1938.

The bolt is serial-numbered to the rifle

The bolt is serial-numbered to the rifle

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (16)

The rear rifle sights have a flip-up 150-yard leaf…

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (14)

…and a 100-yard standard.

The pistol grip is inlaid, "Donated by Nanitta & Frank Pachmayr," pointing to the gun as being likely a donation piece for a club or museum.

The pistol grip is inlaid, “Donated by Nanitta & Frank Pachmayr,” pointing to the gun as being likely a donation piece for a club or museum.

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (20)

Whereas stock Model 30-S Expresses used a 22-inch barrel, this Pachmayr example has a barrel that runs 25.5-inches in length.

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (17)

Weight is about 10.6-pounds. The high-grade rubbed walnut stock includes an ebony forend and extensive checkering.

Likewise, whereas the standard 30-S left Remington's Ilyon, New York factory with a steel buttplate, this Pachymar custom rifle has a perfectly-installed recoil pad.

Likewise, whereas the standard 30-S left Remington’s Ilion, New York factory with a steel buttplate, this Pachmayr custom rifle has a perfectly-installed recoil pad.

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (3)

There is no provision for a scope

Remington Model 30 Express Pachmayr (10)

The .458 has a three-round internal box magazine.

Sadly, Frank passed in 1997, aged 90, and is buried in Inglewood. For the past two decades, Pachmayr accessories have been under the Lyman banner. Today, 1220 S Grand Ave is a condo complex.

Nonetheless, relics of the good old days of PGW, such as this Model 30, still endure for the next generation.

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