James Flynn, fashioning the stock for a classic stalking rifle: A .250-3000 built on a Dakota Model 10 action.

James Flynn, fashioning the stock for a classic stalking rifle: A .250-3000 built on a Dakota Model 10 action.

James Flynn

Gunmaker

James Flynn has been a gunmaker for 37 years, and is one of a handful of craftsmen in the United States who are capable of working at the highest level on any rifle or shotgun: single-shot, bolt action, or double.  He can completely restore a Holland & Holland that has been run over by a truck, or start with a barreled action and a block of walnut and build a rifle from start to finish.

Flynn began his career at Reinhart Fajen in Missouri in the 1970s before moving back to his native Louisiana.  There are many stockmakers, and many metal workers, but very, very few who can do the finest work on both.  James Flynn is one of them.

Some operations Flynn does not carry out himself.  Engraving is one, bluing and case hardening are others; in Alexandria, Louisiana, where Flynn has lived all his life except for his sojourn in Missouri, there is another gunmaker who builds ultra-precise target rifles, and Flynn sends his barrels to him to be fitted and chambered.  Otherwise, every pass of the file is made in Flynn’s own shop, attached to his house on a quiet residential street.

Draw-filing an FN Supreme Mauser action. Such meticulous preparation is essential in building a finest-quality custom rifle.

Draw-filing an FN Supreme Mauser action. Such meticulous preparation is essential in building a finest-quality custom rifle.

The shop contains some basic machinery, such as a drill press and a lathe, but by and large the operations on any gun are carried out at the bench using files and other hand tools.  In the past year, Flynn has completely restored and restocked a J&W Tolley .470 double rifle, built an exquisite single-shot .250-3000 on a Dakota Model 10 action and a .257 Roberts on an FN Supreme, and undertaken the restocking and restoration of an H.J. Hussey live-pigeon gun from 1910.

To contact James Flynn, telephone 318-445-7130.
James’s mailing address is:
P.O. Box 7461
Alexandria, LA 71306

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