the Fifth
Gold Medal Concours d’Elegance of Fine Guns

Proudly Presented by the NRA
and in association with Butterfields
2003 Charity Sponsor B. Searcy & Co

Rock Springs Ranch & Lodge, May 2/3, 2003


Gold Medal Concours judges are well-known authors, appraisers, makers and collectors, selected from the fine-gun community for their knowledge and expertise.

Judges at the 5th Gold Medal Concours of Fine Guns include:

Chief Judge
Roger Lake — Fine-gun specialist at Butterfields, the San Francisco-based auction house; gun writer and widely traveled shooter. Livermore, California.

Chris Batha — E.J. Churchill Gunmakers; competition and game shooter, shooting instructor, former partner at Atkin, Grant & Lang and a veteran of the British gun trade. St. Albans, England. (Batha will also teach the Gold Medal/Churchill’s Wingshooting School at Rock Springs on the day following the Concours.)

James Tucker — stocker and gunmaker, most recently with John Rigby & Company. Member, American Custom Gunmakers Guild. Paso Robles, California.

David Moore — Sales manager of William Larkin Moore, dealers & importers of fine guns, primarily from Italy and Spain. Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hans Pfingsten — Hans Pfingsten’s granfather held the position of Imperial Forester during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II. His father was dedicated to the long-established German custom of game management. Moving to the US in his mid-twenties, Hans became an avid collector of European sporting arms. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book German and Austrian Gun Making of the Golden Age.

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