George Sandmann and Empire Rifle Company

George Sandmann and Empire Rifle Company

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Romney, WV

#1 Oct 16, 2011
What's going on with George Sandmann and Empire Rifle Company. I used to see many good reviews of his rifles but there now seems to be all kinds of bad press out there about Mr. Sandmann and his business. Does anyone know if he is still making rifles?

Humble, TX

#2 Dec 7, 2011
They closed their doors. I've got 3 of his rifles (owned 4 at one point) and am very happy with the quality. However, all of mine were bought on the used gun market and the complaints about Empire / George really revolved around extremely long waits or non-delivery of rifles.
JR Watkins

Birmingham, AL

#3 Dec 9, 2011
Yes, they are gone. Had one ordered for 4 years, finally took legal action and a rifle suddenly showed this summer. Feel very fortunate to have anything. It's a beautiful gun though!

West Hempstead, NY

#4 Feb 19, 2012
The company folded last year, a victim of the economy. They made the best Mauser action anywhere for customers who wanted the very finest, and their staff gunsmith was a genius. If you got one of their guns, you're lucky.

Lewisburg, WV

#5 Aug 2, 2012
Any idea where I might get spare parts for my rifle ? I desperately need an ejector / bolt stop and QD rings for my 98S Magnum.

Madison Heights, VA

#6 Mar 11, 2013
NECG for action parts.....sunny hill for rings

Birmingham, AL

#7 Jun 27, 2013
Not so sure that the 100 or so people who put down a 50% deposit on one of George's rifles and never received anything--or got their money back--have such a great opinion of George and how he does business.
Bruce Houston Tx

Huntsville, TX

#8 Nov 9, 2013
George built me a beautiful left handed .416 Rigby in 2009. The best rifle I have ever owned. I took my Cape Buffalo with it. I often wonder where George is and how he is doing.

Lynchburg, VA

#9 Jan 28, 2014
I talked to George last week, He is well and working in the high tech industry

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