Guns are tools that have helped Americans defend this country and fill the freezer, but for owners, firearms are also prized objects due to elaborate craftsmanship or its stunning performance. The newest issue of Gun Digest the Magazine – available on newsstands October 8 – celebrates the skillfully made, beautiful custom firearms that are built to perform by artisans that are experts at turning guns into coveted pieces of art.

Functionality is, of course, the primary concern for any firearms owner. However, when functionality meets the aesthetic beauty or an above average performance standard found in a custom design, firearms enthusiasts, like GDTM contributor Bill Loeb take notice. In this issue, Loeb shares his excitement over receiving and shooting his first custom-made 1911 semi-automatic handgun from Texas upstart, Hayes Custom Guns.

The magazine also includes an examination of custom barrel maker Bergara, a company that has always been known for making guns that shoot great, but are now building their own rifles from stock to muzzle and solidifying their status an organization that makes great shooting guns in the field. GDTM readers will also take pleasure in flipping through pages of photographs of artistically-crafted custom rifles, shotguns and handguns excerpted from the Gun Digest Illustrated Guide to Modern Firearms.

Also featured in the GDTM’s November 4th issue is the Gun Digest staff’s guide to the best gun safes available from today’s top manufacturers and a profile of JP Rifles owner John Paul, whose AR-style rifles are now among some of the most sought after of their kind on the competition circuit.

Celebrate the beauty of firearms craftsmanship with the new issue of Gun Digest the Magazine when it hits newsstands everywhere on October 8.

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