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K.E. Smith, gunsmith ? (Read 1661 times)
BillMiller
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K.E. Smith, gunsmith ?
Jun 19th, 2010 at 3:48pm
 
A recently acquired rifle shows this maker's name. Looks like it was made for benchrest shooting, maybe in the 50's. Along with the maker's name is the stamped outline of a key (skelton key) on the barrel and crossed keys in a circle on the floorplate. It's a modified 98 Mauser,in 219 Donaldson Wasp rimless. Any information would be
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Waddie Bill
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Re: K.E. Smith, gunsmith ?
Reply #1 - Jun 21st, 2010 at 6:33pm
 
K E Smith was considered probably the best precision riflesmith in the Southern California area in the 1950's  up to his death in the mid 1970's.  I have 5 rifles that he barreled, but don't remember seeing the key or crossed key stamps, just K. E Smith and the caliber stamped on the barrel.  He may have only put these on rifles he did all of the work on, rather than just rebarreling.

Ken or "Smitty" was involved in modern benchrest from the early days, was a NBSRA Director, and I belive held a record for group.  Among his shooting friends were Ed Rybolt, Casy Blanchard, Don "6mm" Smith, and Charles S Pool.  His shop was located in El Cajon, CA.
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Reply #2 - Jun 23rd, 2010 at 1:39pm
 
Slowshooter,

Thanks for the information.

Bill
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