Three Generations of Craftsmen
Al Biesen started building custom sporting rifles in the 1940's.
Roger Biesen joined his father full-time in the 1970's, producing the same outstanding craftsmanship and adding the skill of a seasoned machinist.
In the early 1990's the third generation (Roger's daughter) Paula Biesen-Malicki, joined her family as a custom firearms engraver.
At the time that they all were taking commissions, they were the only family in America that could produce a "Start to Finish" completely custom firearm "In House".
To this day we have customers world wide, all with one thing in common; The satisfaction of knowing that they are hunting with one of the finest and most reliable performance rifles available.
We don't advertise our work and have been very fortunate that People/Hunter's/Collector's and thank the Lord; Writer's like...
There is no way to site all of the articles or references to Al Biesen that Jack O'Connor wrote.
Wayne van Zwoll
and Dave Anderson
Just to name a few -- Have promoted and appreciated the work we produce!
We thank them for every kind word they have ever written!
We can say with certainty that they are all beautiful human beings as well!!!
Here are a few citations of articles, books or other reading material on the "Biesen" family
May 1953 issue of Outdoor Life
"Birth of a Custom Rifle"
Sunday March 29, 1953 newspaper The Spokesman-Review
written by John Reid, "Spokane Guns go all over the World"
July 1957 issue of Guns Magazine
written by Willam B. Edwards, "The Shooting King of Iraq"
Sunday September 10, 1961 newspaper The Spokesman-Review
written by John Reid, "Spokane Gun Maker Hunts in Yukon Big Game Frontier"
April 1962 issue of Sports Afield,
written by John Jobson, Part I in a series of 2 "Yukon Wilderness Expedition"
May 1962 issue of Sports Afield,
written by John Jobson, Part 2 in a series of 2 "Yukon Wilderness Expedition"
September 1962 issue of The American Rifleman
written by Edward T. Walsh, "Alvin LeRoy Biesen"
January 1963 issue of Sports Afield
written by John Jobson, "Hunting the Western Chuck"
July-August, 1966 issue of The Handloader Magazine
written by Dick Woolmand and Al Biesen, ".25-06 On the way Back?"
Sunday February 27, 1983 newspaper The Spokesman-Review
written by Rich Landers, "Son of a gunmaker is 'butting' in"
November 1992 issue of Workbench magazine
written by Phil McCafferty, "Gunsmithing Secrets"
June 1993 issue of Guns Magazine
written by Holt Bodinson, "The 1993 Custom Gun Show"
February 1997 issue of Guns Magazine
written by Holt Bodinson, "Custom Evolution"
1998 Annual issue of Guns Magazine
written by Holt Bodinson, "Creating a Vision"
Sunday December 7, 1997 newspaper The Spokesman-Review
written by Rich Landers, "Family reputation rests on rifles"
December 1999 issue of Petersen's Rifle Shooter
written by Wayne van Zwoll, "Women of Steel"
December/January issue of Outdoor Life
"The Big Ram of Pilot Mountain"
2003 edition of the Shooter's Bible
September 2003 issue of Sports Afield
written by Alan Liere, "It Might as Well be Pretty"
August 2004 issue of Shooting Illustrated
written by Wayn van Zwoll, "The Biesen Connection"
December/January 2005 issue of Outdoor Life
written by Jim Carmichel, "Wonders in Wood"
December 2005 issue of Guns & Ammo
written by Craig Boddinton, "Jack O'Connor's Rifle"
April 2, 2006 newspaper The Spokesman-Review
written by Rich Landers, "Gunmakers Shoot for Perfection"
Thursday January 3, 2008 newspaper The Lewiston Tribune
written by Eric Barker, "Giving back to Jack"
Sunday January 13, 2008 newspaper The Spokesman-Review
written by Eric Barker, "Gunmakers give back to Jack"
July 2008 issue of Precision Shooting
written by Gene Brown, "Al Biesen: American Gun Maker"
2012 Gun Digest - 66th edition
Page 44 featuring Paula Biesen-Malieki (miss spelling)
Page 45 featurning Roger Biesen
Copyright 2013 book "Modern Custom Guns"
written by Tom Turpin, 2nd Edition "Walnut, Steel and Uncommon Artistry"
May/June 2013 issue of Sports Afield
please note Paula's engraving on a Cooper Firearms rifle is featured on the Cover
Page 4 and Page 94 she is not mentioned by name or given credit
May 2015 issue of Guns Magazine
written by Dave Anderson, "Rifle Royalty"
September/October 2016 issue of Bugle magazine
written by Wayne van Zwoll, "Alvin Biesen: 1918-2016"
March 2017 issue of Rifle, Sporting Firearms Journal
written by Terry Wieland, "Al Biesen .270 Winchester, Not Just Another Custom Mauser"
May/June 2017 issue of Gray's Sporting Journal
written by Terry Wieland, "The Genius of Spokane, The Biesen-O'Connor partnership"
Now I know this seems like a lot of articles, however I know I am missing a vast amount of the early ones.
I can say that when the common practice of gunbuilders was to "trade" publicity for work, this has not happened in the Biesen family. And because of this, I could not be more grateful for the publicity that we actually did receive over the years.
Many times, we were unaware of articles. Later to be brought to our attention by our very loyal customer base.
Again, Thank You to All
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