What do Thomas Magnum, Commissioner Frank Reagan and local business owner Doug Turnbull have in common?
They all have a deep passion and respect for classic firearms.
And while the first two are TV characters played by actor Tom Selleck, Turnbull is the real-life local character and master craftsman responsible for creating some of the nation’s most collectable specimens.
So it was no small honor when Selleck, star of TV’s “Magnum, P.I.” and “Blue Bloods,” commissioned Turnbull’s East Bloomfield restoration company to create a special Winchester 1886 in .50-110 to commemorate the 163rd episode mark of Selleck’s long-running TV series “Blue Bloods,” now in its eighth season.
The antique lever gun — originally built in 1889 — was fully restored, outfitted with numerous customizations, and converted to a 22-inch take-down. It has emblazoned on the rifle’s butt stock and engraved in a gold insert the number “163.”
That’s the kind of thing Turnbull Restoration Co., Inc. has become known for over the last 40 years.