Assistant Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum recently toured the Weatherby Inc. factory to get a behind-the-scenes look at the company's operations.
Upon entering Weatherby headquarters, you are welcomed by a room dedicated to displaying some of the company's greater historical artifacts.
Here are four experimental revolvers that never made it into production. Roy Weatherby Sr. experimented with these in the early years. These were the only four ever made.
The lost art of a hand-engraved rifle stock...
Mark V Barreled Actions
Finished Mark V barreled actions waiting to have stocks glass bedded and installed.
For a more personal touch, Weatherby accommodates custom engraving.
Custom Shop Gunsmith
Custom shop gunsmith Mike Gregorich lengthens the bolt throw on a Mark V standard action bolt.
Bolt throw being lengthened for a Mark V standard-action bolt.
Mark V Magnum Action
Mark V magnum action before being assembled to a barrel. Made in the USA proudly being displayed on the right side of the receiver.
Weatherby guarantees accuracy with its "Range Certified" program.
Justin Sly of Mark V assembly, polishing a Mark V receiver to a high-gloss finish. High gloss Mark V's are the most challenging to assemble as the slightest scratch will mean re-polishing and re-bluing the part. Many hours are required for just the polishing alone.
Mark V assembler Eric Hansen bead blasts Mark V parts for a matte finish. After getting hand-blasted, the parts will go through another machine operated blaster, then to the high-temperature bluing tanks.
Black 'N Blue
Weatherby's high-temperature bluing and blackening system.
There are many little pieces that go into the trigger to keep it all together, but once you get the hang of it the assembly takes no time at all.