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Gunsmith of the Month: Lance Stevens


Lance lives and works in Sasolburg in the Free State. He started his part-time gunsmith business in 2013 when he saw a gap in the market for precision rifle gunsmiths. Lance specialise­s in building competitio­n quality firearms for discipline­s such as PRS, NRL, F-open, F-TR, TR and the Benchrest shooting community. He also makes ‘gun fanatic’ rifles including tactical hunting type rifles. “Only the very best of components are used – no compromise is allowed.”

He has made guns for several SA Protea shooters and has a loyal customer base of precision rifle enthusiast­s, who just want to have fun with the very best the market has on offer.

Lance says due to South Africa’s import capabiliti­es, shooters can capitalise on obtaining some well-known top performing internatio­nal barrels, including Bartlein, Krieger, and Lothar Walter, and receivers like Bat, Defiance, Kelby’s and Barnard.

Because he concentrat­es on high-end precision rifles, Lance prefers composite fibreglass, carbon fibre or aluminium stocks. He is busy with a .375 Cheytac and .300 WSM match pair made with the best components money can buy. Lance takes two well-planned hunting trips a year and does some fun shoots whenever he can.

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