DuBiel Arms Company
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|Founder||Joseph T. DuBiel and Dr. John Tyson|
|Headquarters||Sherman, Texas, U.S.|
The DuBiel Arms Company was established in 1975 by Joseph T. DuBiel and Dr. John Tyson and was located in Sherman, Texas. The talents, skill, and vision of master gun-maker Joe DuBiel were incorporated into these premium centerfire bolt-action rifles. The rifles were manufactured entirely within the US and the company placed great emphasis on the use of fine quality materials and workmanship. The company ceased operations in the late 1980s. The largest collection of DuBiel rifles today is in the collection of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.
Patented DuBiel Actions
DuBiel rifles were constructed using only patented DuBiel actions which feature a five lug bolt locking mechanism resulting in a 36 degree bolt rotation. The short rotation produced the fastest bolt action rifle available at the time. The actions were produced in three lengths, both right and left hand configurations.
DuBiel rifles feature Douglas premium barrels (selected contours and lengths); six hand-fitted DuBiel Stock designs (right and left); hand checkering on selected stocks; presentation recoil pads; sling swivel studs; tang safety and adjustable trigger by Canjar; side safety on thumbhole models; three bolt gas escape ports; safety designed bolt sleeve; jeweled and chromed bolt body; receiver and bolt head of 4340 steel alloy; all steel metal parts; and DuBiel actions.
The receiver portion of the action features integrally milled bases to facilitate accurate and stable scope mount installation. The streamlined bolt sleeves contain a locking bar mechanism to prevent accidental rotation when the bolt is removed from the receiver. DuBiel rifles were balanced for handling ease – the result of “total concept design”. Distinctive lever latches complement the floor plates (button releases were optional). DuBiel stock designs closely parallel the bore axis to reduce the effect of recoil.
DuBiel rifles were chambered for currently standard calibers from .22-250 through .458 Win. Mag. Selected “wildcat” calibers were available at additional expense.
Stock designs available included Classic, Modern Classic, Thumbhole Modern Classic, Rollover, Thumbhole Mannlicher, and Mannlicher. Trigger pull length is standard (13-5/8 in.) or as requested. Basic price included choice of selected domestic walnut, maple, or laminated woods. Finishes were hand rubbed oil or polyvinyl epoxy. Hand-checkering is not standard on maple or laminated stocks. Special grade woods were available at additional expense.
Each and every DuBiel rifle was tested prior to delivery. Standard acceptance was a three-shot group of 1.5” at 100 yards with commercially available factory loaded ammunition. Hand loaded ammunition will produce groups of less than 1” at 100 yards.
- United States Patent No. 4152855, Dated May 1979, Inventors: DuBiel, Joseph T. (Sherman, TX, US) and Tyson, John P. (Denison, TX, US)
DuBiel Arms Company Brochure 1977