Use the interactive map to browse some of Jack's notable experiences along with excerpts of their corresponding articles in Outdoor Life.
Jack O'Connor's first love was the outdoors and writing about hunting, firearms, and the natural history of big game animals. As the longtime firearms editor for Outdoor Life magazine, O'Connor hunted and collected trophies throughout the world, and introduced millions of readers to hunting and firearms.
The .270 Winchester became one of the most popular big game cartridges due to Jack’s promotion of it as an effective caliber for the average hunter.
Jack's famous .270, based on a pre-64 model 70 Winchester and built by Al Biesen almost 50 years ago, has been carefully recreated by Al and his son roger Biesen on pre-64 model 70 actions to identical dimensions, differing only in trim and engraving. The first rifle, dubbed his #1-.270, was built in 1953 and is now owned by Henry Kaufman, a longtime friend of Jack's. He considered it to be so perfect in every way that Jack wanted a second, nearly identical rifle as a backup. The second rifle, built in 1959, and owned by Bradford O'Connor (Jack's son) is on permanent display at the Jack O'Connor Center. It turned out that Jack liked the #2 rifle even better than the #1 rifle and used it extensively.
Don't miss your chance to purchase a raffle ticket for the 2013 .375 H&H Winchester Rifle!
Jack O'Connor's favorite "African Rifle"
Jack's original .375 H&H magnum, based on a pre-64 model 70 Winchester and built by Al Biesen over 60 years ago, has been carefully recreated by Al's son Roger Biesen of Spokane, Washington. Jack's original .375 was completed in 1960 and was a replacement for a Griffin & Howe custom model 70 .375 that Jack gave to his professional hunter, John Kingsley-Heath, at the conclusion of a successful 1959 Tanzania Safari. The rifle was stocked with a piece of Iranian Walnut that Jack received as a gift from his friend Prince Abdorrezza Pahlavi (The Shah of Iran). Jack used the rifle on several safaris and it was featured in several "Outdoor Life" stories. The rifle is currently owned by Jack's old friend, Bob Lee.
The 2013 rifle will be the first of three rifles built, one year through 2015. Each rifle will be nearly identical, differing only in wood and engraving.
About the rifle:
• Built by Roger Biesen
• Engraved by Paula Biesen-Malicki
• Stocked in deluxe French walnut with ebony for-end
tip, checkered in Fleur-de-lis-pattern, 24 lines
• Biesen pistol grip cap engraved with cape buffalo
Leupold bases and rings with Leupold 1.5x5 VX111 scope donated by Leupold
Pre-64 model barreled action, Biesen floor plate and
trigger guard modified for 5 round capacity and engraved.
For more information about purchasing a raffle ticket for this fine weapon, please call: 208-743-5043