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A Few Notes About Custom Gunmaker Jerry Fisher

JF, Carkoff, SDH deer copy-

I first visited Jerry Fisher’s workshop in Kalispell, MT in 1977 after completing two years of Gunsmithing School.  At that time many considered Jerry the ‘dean’ of custom gunmakers in America, and he still is in my opinion and most others. He currently works in Big Fork, MT. The above photo was taken on a 2007 deer hunt outside Roundup, MT. Jim Carkhuff and Jerry have been hunting buddies for more than 30 years. Jerry's mule deer was a massive, old 3-point. My pint-sized looking whitetail had a 19" spread, also a very mature buck. All three of us were hunting with custom rifles.
Jerry's rifle is a Pre-64 Model 70, 7 mm Remington Mag. barreled action in a custom stock he made in the 1960s. He has shot many, many head of big game including several Mt. sheep and was quoted in Field & Stream that the rifle had taken, "a whole herd of mule deer". It is deeply scarred and Jerry and Jim can tell a story about each one of them. The checkering is worn flat, nearly off, but the newer Leupold scope in marked "Custom Made for Jerry Fisher" and has a ranging reticle. The piece of inner tube was used as a scope cover. 
Fisher Close rifle & deer head-

Fisher’s Bighorn Brochure
I found the Jerry Fisher “Bighorn” brochure on eBay on a tip from Michael Petrov and purchased it immediately. I called Jerry to ask about publishing the brochure and he laughed and said to mention the prices weren’t current and that he was no longer taking any orders for custom work.
Jerry is currently working on a small Hagn actioned rifle (7x57) for a mutual friend whose Musselshell ranch we all hunt deer on. Future projects will be custom guns Jerry wants to build.
The brochure is from the late 1950s (note no zip nor area codes) and Jerry said it was his first attempt and he wasn’t too proud of it at the time. It is published here as a historic document and statement of the trade at that time.







These photos show a .220 Swift built on an FN Mauser single shot action by Gunmaker Jerry Fisher. I photographed the rifle about 2006 (I believe it was built in the 1980s) and unfortunately did not get much info written down. What I do remember is Jerry telling me this was the rifle that convinced him to develop his “Round Body” trigger guard and floorplate unit. He fabricated this trigger guard from bar stock allowing him to stock the rifle with the rounded belly he thought an improvement for a sporting rifle.
This elegant varmint rifle was built with sporting rifle dimensions and has no adornments excepting ebony heel and toe plates. A later owner had me (against my recommendations) replace the Leupold scope with an Austrian version and the Canjar trigger with a Blackburn.
This rifle exhibits the exceptional standard of quality Fisher has been known for throughout his career.