JOHN MILLAR’S 4 BORE HAMMER RIFLE. A 10 YEAR LABOUR OF LOVE.

J MIllar 4g

When it comes to project guns I don’t think there is anything that I have ever come across personally, better than this 4g Hammer Rifle made by John Millar of Canada. John made every single bit of this rifle with his own hands except the engraving and it is a quite remarkable job. Every single detail has been considered, besides the rifle which has 2 pairs of barrels (Rifled and Shot) and 2 pair of locks (A spare pair for the African Bush), John made a full compliment of cleaning and loading accessories, an elephant hide oak and leather case, a set of leather goods for taking the rifle on Safari and of course a pile of ammunition for shooting with it.

4g Ammunition by J Millar

John is a machinist by trade and he moved from Ontario to the Yukon to set up his own business. Here his business worked primarily for Caterpillar servicing the large type of earthmoving equipment and other heavy machinery but also for the gold miners of Dawson City. It was after this move to Yukon that he met Neil Cross and a fascination with guns, rifles and everything shooting started having been shown Neil’s collection of big bore rifles.

The 4g took John 10 years to make and when I said he made every bit, I did mean that. He drilled, bored and rifled the barrels from solids, he machined the action and all the internal parts, actioned the gun, filed it up, stocked it and regulated it. The late engraver Heidi Hipmeyer from Ontario was the only other person to have a hand in the production, she executed a simple design copied from an old Holland & Holland 10g Paradox from Neil’s collection.

Millar 4g Hammer Rifle

With Shot and Rifled barrels

Millar Spare 4g Locks

Not satisfied with making the rifle alone, John then embarked on making a very full and complete set of accessories, both loading and cleaning, for the gun, these were turned from brass and mastodon ivory and also engraved by Heidi. Each one of these tools has been made with the same care and attention given the gun itself and are faithful to the old Dixon tools many of you may have seen in vintage rifles and guns.

Cased Millar Rifled 4g

4g Tooling Millar 4g Tooling Millar Powder 4g Bullet Moulds Millar

During the years it took to make the rifle John was a frequent visitor to our old factory, he would show the slow but steady progress with pride and tell me that the ambition was to complete the rifle and take it to Africa. He did just that and whilst he was not able to shoot an Elephant which had been his ultimate desire, he was able to take a large Cape Buffalo with which to Christen the rifle and ‘proof’ his work.

I think any of you with even a little understanding of gunmaking will admire this outstanding example of craftsmanship made by a person who only studied the vintage guns closely and who never had any training in gun making itself.

Leather Goods by J Millar for 4gHeadstamped 4g Ammunition

 

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I am happy to pass any questions regarding this rifle to John or please post them in comments below.

8 thoughts on “JOHN MILLAR’S 4 BORE HAMMER RIFLE. A 10 YEAR LABOUR OF LOVE.

  1. YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE HIS PERSEVERANCE.
    CERTAINLY A LABOUR OF LOVE.OF COURSE THIS TYPE OF THING ONLY MAKES IT WORSE FOR THE REST OF US.
    IT OFFERS NO CURE WHATSOEVER FOR THIS AFFLICTION OF GUN MAKING AND GUNS!

  2. Johns work is the most beautiful I have ever seen . I have hand built guns and pride myself in quality and beauty in the end result an my work pales to extreme to johns efforts . I have seen other pictures I had received from john years back of the exquisite work inside and out on this gun and an 8bore he worked on. I am going to give it my best shot in converting a 8 bore shotgun to double rifle and am going to try and emulate johns art work (fat chance)

  3. Good afternoon Mister,
    I am an old cases collector but don’t find 4 bore cases and balls in Italy; can you send me n° 01 piece of 4 bore case with ball ?
    can you export in Italy ?
    thank you
    best regards
    Emanuele Scaglia

  4. dear mister, can you send me n° 01 piece of 4 bore case ? can you export in Italy ?
    How much ?
    best regards
    Emanuele Scaglia

  5. ian of forgotten weapons a reaaly cool gun sight on obsolete guns is need of a few four bore rounds if anybody can help him out
    thank you
    sincerely
    Kymm Wilson

  6. I am absoloutley gobsmacked!! I too have been given a gift in furniture making and art, but this gentleman is something else, wow! I bow to your perfection and excellence in your mammoth of a task and completion of the most beautiful gun i have seen

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