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10/24/2015 7:14 PM  #1


the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Long ago, I remember seeing modern inline ML (target/Anschutz style) that I believe were made by Mr. Frazier.  I've looked for one for many years, to no avail.  A very high tech for the time offhand rifle.

Anyone know of one in existance? or, even photo's, drawings of one would be absolutely fantastic.  If I can't find one, I might recreate on, if at all possible.
Thanks in advance.
Big Jim

 

10/26/2015 9:51 AM  #2


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I remember Clark Frazier rifles as being underhammer not inline I remember reading about them in a Muzzle Blasts
magazine in 1971 or 1972 hope that helps a little.

 

10/26/2015 11:22 AM  #3


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Clark is still coming to Friendship, I saw him in the Spring. His ml's were in great demand but limited supply. I shot with him at Camp Perry in 1999. If you find one for sale, be prepared to dig deep.
Mark

 

10/26/2015 10:44 PM  #4


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Thanks, guys..

Would anyone have contact info for Mr. Frazier?   I'd like to send him a personal e-mail/snail mail, whatever.....
thanks again.
Jim

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12/23/2015 4:08 PM  #5


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

They were called Matchmate rifles, in offhand and benchrest configuration.  I don't think Clark makes them anymore, but he might.  He lives in Rawson, OH in case that helps.

 

4/05/2016 7:00 PM  #6


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I have an offhand Matchmate that was made for me in 1979, serial number 45 with a .50 caliber Douglas XX barrel. I waited 2 years for it. It's an underhammer with Redfield sights and Merit disc. The stock is laminated crotch walnut face with two strips of zebrawood and  a 1/2" strip of vermillion in the middle. I had a machinist drill and tap the barrel for an aluminum muzzle rest. It has the lead weights and ball starter too plus Caplex case. I still have the letters Clark wrote to me on the progress of the rifle. I can send pics if you want.

 

4/05/2016 7:03 PM  #7


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I also have a 1947 Jack Weichold full stock bench rifle that's also an underhammer. It weighs about 35 pounds, so you can shoot and pump iron at the same time. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


Edited to say the rifle was featured in Muzzle Blasts about 2 years ago or so.

Last edited by Tubbers (4/06/2016 2:24 AM)

 

4/05/2016 8:11 PM  #8


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Tubbers,
You have a couple of rifles there that shoul be great shooters, if they have been maintained. I have an orginal chunk gun made by Elisha McCraner out of Dark County that was lined by Jack Weichold. I haven't shot it much but it does a lot better than I am deserving of.
Mark

 

4/06/2016 2:16 AM  #9


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

smokinbuck wrote:

Tubbers,
You have a couple of rifles there that shoul be great shooters, if they have been maintained. I have an orginal chunk gun made by Elisha McCraner out of Dark County that was lined by Jack Weichold. I haven't shot it much but it does a lot better than I am deserving of.
Mark

Thanks, Mark. I don't shoot much anymore, and the rifles are well cared for.
 

 

4/09/2016 2:08 PM  #10


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

smokinbuck wrote:

Tubbers,
You have a couple of rifles there that shoul be great shooters, if they have been maintained. I have an orginal chunk gun made by Elisha McCraner out of Dark County that was lined by Jack Weichold. I haven't shot it much but it does a lot better than I am deserving of.
Mark

I have an article on Weichold from the Cincinnati Historical Society that talks about how he restored old rifles.
 

 

4/09/2016 6:34 PM  #11


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

He did a great job on the McCraner rifle that I have. If it were not for his stamp on the muzzle you wouldn't know it was lined.
Mark

 

4/09/2016 9:38 PM  #12


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

smokinbuck wrote:

He did a great job on the McCraner rifle that I have. If it were not for his stamp on the muzzle you wouldn't know it was lined.
Mark

That's great. How did he mark it?
 

 

4/10/2016 9:39 AM  #13


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

His name is stamped around the face of the muzzle.

 

4/10/2016 6:03 PM  #14


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

smokinbuck wrote:

His name is stamped around the face of the muzzle.

Neat.  http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

 

 

4/10/2016 6:25 PM  #15


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I only have the Matchmate on the right now.
Left to right: Robert Grundman Hawken........Lloyd Resor bench rifle.........Llyod Resor slug rifle with 16 power Unertl.

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4/10/2016 6:31 PM  #16


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

A couple close-ups of the Matchmate.
https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1383119_10202235823362533_802401872_n.jpg?oh=bf9b979dee490fa6d616316bf8067f4b&oe=5779CB93

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/v/t1.0-9/1234778_10202235820202454_1350091697_n.jpg?oh=64c3948769452c82373214fa26a8953c&oe=57B8225E

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t1.0-9/1240061_10202235817042375_1703181847_n.jpg?oh=f132cbd63269dd9fb54e19c735aa2123&oe=577AB706

Some close-ups of my Matchmate and a shot of the Weichold (had the rear sight off).

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1208858_10202235807242130_1312448987_n.jpg?oh=28dca85515826569c853420ac8cedf98&oe=578819F0


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6/05/2016 5:21 PM  #17


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I'm considering selling the bench rifle, but it needs a couple things. A sight hider pin (it was gone when I bought the rifle and it looks like someone dropped the false muzzle and it snapped off) and the breech plug threads have some slop in them.

 

6/05/2016 7:45 PM  #18


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Tubbers,
Haven't seen much on these for a while, great group of target rifles. Is it the Resor bench gun you were talking about selling? I'm RH but shoot lefty due to eye problems and that is definitely a RH stock.

 

6/05/2016 10:10 PM  #19


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I meant the full stock Weichold. I don't have the Resor anymore.

 

12/29/2017 10:29 PM  #20


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I’m sorry to say that Clark passed away yesterday. I believe the “Oldest Kid on the Block” was 89. He introduced me to Friendship and took me around to all the different locations from the big bench guns to the shotguns. I got to rifle a barrel with Clark, I believe it was one of those Tom Sawyer moments with me painting the fence. I wish I could rifle another barrel with him. If you are lucky enough to have one of his rifles, take it out this weekend and send Clark a volley.

 

12/30/2017 3:45 AM  #21


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Blackswamp66 wrote:

I’m sorry to say that Clark passed away yesterday. I believe the “Oldest Kid on the Block” was 89. He introduced me to Friendship and took me around to all the different locations from the big bench guns to the shotguns. I got to rifle a barrel with Clark, I believe it was one of those Tom Sawyer moments with me painting the fence. I wish I could rifle another barrel with him. If you are lucky enough to have one of his rifles, take it out this weekend and send Clark a volley.

Thank you Blackswamp. I'm really sorry to hear about Clark. I've had one of his rifles since 1979 (serial #45) and it took two years to get. It is a true work of art. Do you have any idea how many he made? Thanks. 
 

 

12/31/2017 5:45 PM  #22


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

I don’t know how many he made. Clark numbered his match mates but some of his others were not numbered. He has a record book that he recorded the type of barrel and caliber. He noted the test shots, powder, patch and ball size. I think he was going to leave it wirh NMLRA.

 

12/31/2017 6:14 PM  #23


Re: the riflemaker is.................Mr. Clark Frazier

Blackswamp66 wrote:

I don’t know how many he made. Clark numbered his match mates but some of his others were not numbered. He has a record book that he recorded the type of barrel and caliber. He noted the test shots, powder, patch and ball size. I think he was going to leave it wirh NMLRA.

Thank you.
 

 

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