(Editor’s note: Custom Riflemaker John Bolliger Jr. reports status update for a pair of special SCI 50th Anniversary firearms to be auctioned Saturday night, Jan. 22, 2022 at the SCI Convention in Las Vegas, NV. This pair of exquisite arms promises to the auction highlight of the entire SCI Convention.)
As we continue getting closer to the highly anticipated SCI 50th anniversary Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, work on the 50th anniversary commemorative rifle project is continuing to take shape.
It was such a huge disappointment not being able to connect with my friends at this year’s convention. The annual SCI convention has been in integral part of my life for decades.
Over the past 50 years, SCI has been on the frontline protecting our outdoor heritage. Now more than ever we all need to join forces in protecting our outdoor way of life for our children and grandchildren.
I personally thank Safari Club International for fighting the good fight everyday for hunters and conservationists around the globe.
I am so honored once again to work with SCI in creating a world class rifle commemorating 50 great years of SCI.
This one-of-a-kind exhibition rifle has been under construction at this point for well over a year now. I am extremely pleased with the rifle thus far.
The extensive hand fabricated metal components on the rifle were very difficult to make and just as difficult to precisely inlet into the stock.
The extended top and bottom tangs add a great deal of strength to the stock as well as providing a great canvas for out-of-this-world engraving.
I especially like the double tip down fluer crossbolt heads. They will look awesome, framed between the forend and grip custom checkering pattern.
The spectacular Turkish walnut stock is bare wood currently and will really come to life once the application of stock finish has begun. In fact, watching the colors and grain in the wood pop to life is one of my favorite parts of rifle making.
Please visit my website www.mountainriflery.com and my Facebook page Mountain Riflery for the latest progress pictures.