Did you know?
In the early 1970’s P.O. Ackley became involved with a company in Salt Lake City known as EMDEKO International.
The company worked a deal with P.O., bought out his barrel business and hired Ackley to overseen the production of barrels for EMDEKO. Under the P.O. Ackley Inc. name EMDEKO produced over 5000 hunting rifles. Calibers were mostly 25-06, 270, and 30-06 although others were made.
The details of these rifles are not very inspiring. They were made on Interarms Mark X actions. Barrels were Ackley five groove button rifled made in the EMDEKO facility. None of these guns had iron sights. Scopes and scope mounts were an optional item. The wood was good straight grain plain walnut, reportedly from Bishop, in a Monte Carlo style. Finished with a gloss finish, a plastic grip cap and a recoil pad, and no contrasting forend tip.Quality wise, these are decent hunting rifles much like a standard Interarms Mark X rifle. The only thing extra they had to offer was the Ackley name and barrel.
Research is vital to the telling of interesting history. Fred Zeglin has spent almost four years researching this book on P.O. Ackley. A surprising amount of previously unreported information has come to light, such as the short report you found here. Ackley’s generation is quickly slipping away, Fred says that many of the people he interviewed at the beginning of his research have since passed away. The efforts to preserve this important information about America’s most prolific wildcatter came just in time.
The finished book will be the go-to source for information on P.O. Ackley, his work, his cartridges, and his career. This is the story of a gunsmith who came along at just the right time in history. He was inquisitive, driven, and creative. Consequently, his legacy in many ways is the legacy of todays shooter. You will want to read this book just to see how Ackley lives on in your gun cabinet. He affected the production of modern cartridges and firearms for many years to come, who else could you say that about?
Book has recently been published,
“P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith”