I should be saving this picture for maximum impact, when the rifle is complete, but I can’t resist and the final photographs will be better anyway I hope. For various reasons I have decided to post the photos as they come from the camera, it shows the process of the rifle completion and the subtle changes that will occur over the next month. Barrel black, patination and detailing of engraving, finish of stock and of course casing, which is where the rifle heads tomorrow for its ‘first fitting’.
This photograph shows the detailed stock inlays of gold and silver and also shows a hint of the dancing impala on the barrels. A heavy protective coat of lacquer has altered the colour of the action and inlays, this is essential during the handling of the rifle whilst we complete the work, protecting the case colours and everything from damage. Once the rifle is fully assembled and functioning the barrels will go for blacking, the action lacquer stripped off and the inlays will be finished to final patination colouration.