Centre Fire Rifles
Lee Enfield Sporter .303 Parker Hale
A Parker Hale Sporting rifle converted from a Lee Enfield No. 4 Rifle. These sporting conversions are a delight to shoot - retaining the fast bolt action, accuracy and easy of use associated with the service rifle, with a more comfortable stock and telescopic sight. This one has a well finished stock with a raised cheek piece. It is fitted with a Nikko Stirling Silver Crown 4x32 scope. The whole rifle is in good condition and the bore is very good.
Lakelander Model 389 .308" Sporting Rifle
A Lakelander Model 389 bolt action rifle in .308". This Norwegian made rifle has seen little work and is in a very tidy condition. The stock has good figure and the high raised comb lending itself well for a decent sized scope. The walnut stock has a 14" reach and the fore end cap and pistol grip cap are in a darker hard wood - Rosewood I think. The 22" barrel has an excellent bore. The integral magazine takes three rounds. A good quality rifle in a very versatile calibre.
Mauser Karabiner 98AZ Erfurt 1909
A Mauser Karabiner 98a Model AZ. Made in the Erfurt arsenal in central Germany in 1909, and stamped as such on the receiver. A variant of the classic Gewehr 98 Mauser which saw the German armed forces through both World Wars in various forms. The Karabiner Model 1898az was introduced in 1908. The "A" reflected the fitting of a bayonet lug and the"z" a stacking rod. They were issued to mountain and assault troops who appreciated the shorter barrel length. The stock has a dark patina and plenty of marks and minor dings which reflect the life of a service rifle. The bore is in remarkably good condition. The Imperial German proof marks and original stamps are present and reasonably cleat despite some external light pitting. The original numbers have been over stamped with a new number, although the originals are still visible.
Ishapore 7.62mm Jungle Carbine
The Indian armoury at Ishapore produce Lee Enfield based bolt action rifles in 7.62mm as a stop gap while they updated there front line forces with the FN rifle. This one is dated 1966. This is also marked with the RFI mark of Ishapore and 2A. It has the aluminium butt plate typical of the model. The overall condition of the rifle is sound, and generally good. It would look better with a bit of polish on the stock. There is a small loss and replacement at the top of the comb where it joins the butt plate. The bore is good - well above average. It has the standard 12 round magazine fitted. The shorter barrelled "Jungle Carbines" were generally popular with the troops as they were lighter and easier to carry. They do bark a bit more with the shorter barrel and are great fun on the range.
FN Mauser K98 Carbine Colombian Contract .30-06
A FN manufactured Mauser K98 Gendarmerie Carbine made for the Colombian government. This carbine was made by FN in Belgium. It was made in .30-06 and is not a conversion. It was made as a part of a 1950 contract. The receiver is clearly marked with the crest of " Colombia Fuerzas Militares ". The receiver bridge has .30 stamped on it. The receiver is double broach cut - a detail confirming it as a post war Belgian production model and not a pre war model which has been converted. The rear of the receiver is marked "FAB. NAT. D'ARMIES de GUERRE Herstal- BELGIQUE". The stock has the original ribbed or corrugated butt plate and is in a generally good condition. The 17" barrel has Birmingham proof marks at the muzzle. During the 1950s Colombia was still reeling from the assassination of it's President some 2 years before and was going through a decade of disorder known as " La Violencia". The Military command and the police were all restructured at this time - the former under the direction of a group of British advisors. These carbine length Mausers were issued to Military Cavalry Units and to Gendarmerie Police units who were both still horse mounted due to the rural and mountainous terrain. The combination of a short length and the .30-06 round make this a real blast to shoot on the range.
Austro-Hungarian Steyr-Mannlicher Stutzen 8x56R
A 8x56R M95/30 conversion of a Mannlicher M1895. These were converted by Steyr-Mannlicher during the period of the First Austrian Republic, from 1930 to 1940. The M1895 was an updated version of the famous Mannlicher straight pull action.They were popular with troops with the high rate of fire the straight pull action gave; 30 to 35 rounds per minute were possible. Originally made in the 8.50mmR chamberings most were updated to the M95 calibre of 8x56mmR which was much more powerful. This example has tidy woodwork and most of the original bluing present. The bore is very presentable. The integral magazine hols 5 rounds and would have been loaded by a stripper clip. A tidy and useable rifle which is a bit different from the straight pull Schmidt Rubin which is getting quite popular.
Mauser Gewehr 98 Rifle
A Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle. This rifle was first manufactured in 1898 and is chambered for the standard 8mm Mauser round (7.92x57). It first saw active service with the German Army in China during the Boxer Rebellion and was the standard German infantry weapon of the First World War. The rifle is marked 1903 and under the Imperial Crown of Kaiser Wilheim, "Amberg" which is the arsenal in Bavaria which produced large numbers of these rifles. 1903 was incidentally the year the last of three plans were drawn up by the German Imperial German Forces to invade the USA, principally with amphibious landings in New York and Boston. With it's internal 5 round magazine and strip loading ammunition the Geweher 98 brought new and important features to the battlefield, and these were soon copied by others. This example has matching numbers and is in good order. The wood work is marked and bruised in places, with a small vice compression mark ( shown in the photos) just behind the rear sight. The stock roundel is marked with " B17R11. 172". The bore is presentable and shootable, but short of mint or an excellent description.
Winchester Model 70 XTR Featherweight .270"
The Model 70 was introduced in 1937, and gained the name "The Rifleman's Rifle". In 1952 a lightweight version was launched, and called the Featherweight. Made in 1982, this example has the original finish, which still looks good with the bluing staring to lighten and take on a brown tint. The pre '64 Featherweights were considered the best ones as various cuts to expense were made in that year, which inevitably lead to claims of poorer quality. Further changes were made and many commentators declare the post 1974 models to be the equal of the pre 1964 productions - perhaps excepting the replacement of hand chequering with laser cutting. It comes with a German Schmidt and Bender 8x56 scope in quick release removable scope mounts. The rifle also has iron sights fitted with a fold down leaf rear sight with ivorine insert. This outfit is very accurate and the big scope, along with the versatile .270" calibre make it a very effective Boar outfit.
Collins Bros. Lee Enfield Sporting Rifle .303"
Colins Bros traded from 1967 to 1975 and then on to 1987 under the name of "The Southern Armoury Ltd". They were based in the New Kent Road in east London. Based on a No.4 Lee Enfield Service Rifle these conversions make excellent shooters. The bore is in good condition and this rifle shoots well. It comes with a fitted Pecar Light 4 x 35 Scope. This is a high quality scope of a suitable period and suits the rifle well.
Ruger No.1 Outfit. .257 Roberts
The Ruger No1 needs little introduction. Inspired by, but by no means copied from, the Farquharson falling block the deign is immensely strong, very accurate, reliable and a delight to use. The .257 Roberts calibre is less well known but has admirable ballistic qualities. The round was originally based on a necked down 7x57 Mauser. Factory loads are available in the UK, but don't expect every local gun shop to have them on the shelf. The performance has been described a falling neatly between the .243 and the .308. The home loader will have a wide range of options from over 3800fps 60 grain loads to 12 grains at 2645 fps. The outfit comes with an ASG Ultra Moderator, a Caldwell bipod, 1" rings and a sling. The rifle appears little used but has a few small compression marks on the stock, presumably from a gun rack. The scope shown is not included in the sale, but is available if wanted. It is a Pecar 4x35 Champion. I have 180 rounds of factory ammunition for this rifle in stock which may be purchased separately.
Midland Gun Co .243 with 3-9x56 Scope
A .243 Bolt Action rifle by the Midland Gun Company. A tidy rifle with a very good bore. The rifle is fitted with a 3-9x56 Tasco scope with an adjustable illuminated reticule. The rifle is in good condition - almost very good but it has a few marks on the stock which look as if they have come from a car type gun rack; not deep but superficial . The blueing is in good order. The rifle has iron sights fitted. The Midland Gun Co was formed in 1889 and was best known for providing practical and good value guns, particularly for colonial service where serviceability scored over fine or fancy finishes. The premises moved around Birmingham over the years and the company was taken over by Parker Hale in 1952, but continued to use the Midland Gun Co name. The rifle is built on a Mauser action. The story is that after moving into new premises in the 1960s an old tunnel range was cleared out and large quantities of Mauser action were found in crates, originally taken as war reparations. These were then used for sporting rifles with great success. Later actions were bought from other sources including Czechoslovakia. these were produced up until the demise of Parker Hale in the 1990s. Sadly the records of serial number have been destroyed or at least lost. this rifle would appear to be from the very end of the line.
Ferlach .30-06 Sporting Rifle with Claw mounted Pecar Scope
A high quality sporting rifle with a Pecar scope on quick release claw mounts. The rifle is a Mauser action bolt action in .30-06, and the 60cm barrel (23 1/2") has a very good bore. Stamped with the Ferlach proof marks and a date stamp of 1954. The barrel is marked with "Bohler Blitz Stahl", which is a high grade steel. The rifle has an integral magazine. The stock has a bit of grain and is in goor condition - very good for a sporting rifle of this age. The scope is a Pecar 4x81. The scope is a 4 x magnification with a 36mm objective lens, but at the time Pecar confusingly used the brightness index in the name. Dividing the objective lens by the magnification (36 divided by 4 gives 9, which when squared gives the brightness index of 81). The scope is fitted with the Suhl style claw mounts. The reticule is the No. 3 style, which has a vertical post and two horizontal lines rather than cross hairs. The scope has the elevation adjustment, and the rear mount has the windage adjustment. The rifle has open sights, with a fixed rear v and two folding leaves. The safety catch is a shotgun style catch and the rifle has a twin trigger set up. The rifle has a 14" reach including the rubber recoil pad. The rifle shoots extremely well. Ferlach is the most southerly town in Austria and the home Austrian gun making. This rifle does not have a makers name, which is not uncommon for Ferlach guns, but is certainly a good quality rifle.
Inman Meffert Drilling 16 bore X 8x57 JR
A classic German Drilling. The two top barrels are 16 bore ( Nitro proofed) and the rifle barrel underneath is 8 x 57 JR. The rifle calibre is the rimmed version of the Mauser 8 x 57 service rifle round. Inman Meffert is one of the best known makers of high quality Driilings from the gun making centre of Suhl, later to be a part of the communist run East Germany. This rifle was made between the wars and was made for a retailer in Munster, "F. Dumbeck", who still trades as a gunsmith in Munster today. The rifle selector switch is on the top tang, and also flicks up the rear sight from the top rib as well as altering the trigger pull on the front trigger. Push this trigger forward and it sets to a light trigger pull for the rifle. There is a side mounted safety visibly similar to the Greener style. The horn trigger guard is in good condition as is the woodwork, with sharp chequering. All three bores are in good condition. These drillings are famously used for driven shooting with buck shot or slugs in the shotgun barrels. I have used a similar drilling in the UK, and have enjoyed addressing whatever presents itself, subject to seasons of course, whether it be pigeon, fox, pheasant or one of the dee species. The 8x57 round is suitable for UK deer stalking as well as for our growing Boar population. I have a quantity of ammunition in stock for this rifle, but it is freely available - usually by order.
BSA .308 Bolt Action Rifle
A classic sporting rifle. This rifle was owned from new by the previous owner who is known to me. It has not fired more than 100 rounds and is in exceptional condition: bore, finish and operation are as new. The rifle has factory fitted swivel eyes fitted and scope mounting blocks.
Mannlicher Schoenauer Model 1910 Take down .308
The marriage of Ferdinand Mannlicher's action and the rotary magazine designed by Otto Schoenauer gave rise to one of the best made sporting rifles the world has ever seen. The silky smooth action, with the famous butter knife handle and the smooth feed of the rotary magazine make any other bolt action seem agricultural. The Model 1910 was introduced in that year for the larger 9.5x56 round. This one has been re-barrelled for the versatile .308 round. The scarcity or expense of some of the Mannicher Schoenauer calibres have made home loading a requirement, but not so for this .308 conversion. The folding leaf sights are supplemented by a flick up aperture sight. The bottom of the pistol grip has a rotation cap to reveal a storage space, presumably for aperture rings. The rifle is in very good order, has a very good bore and has the desirable feature of being the take down model.
BSA Bolt Action .270
A BSA .270 bolt action sporting rifle in good condition. The rifle has good iron sights fitted, with graduated adjustment for windage and elevation. It also has a one piece scope mount with 1" rings. The .270 round is a versatile round, and is now enjoying a surge in popularity as a round for Boar.
Remington 1874 Rollling Block 8x58R Danish Krag
The standard military issue rifle for the Swedish Arm for over 30 years the Remington Rolling block was a strong and reliable weapon. The original 12mm rim fire calibres were replaced by the 8x58R Danish Krag towards the end of it's service and in 1890 it was replaced by the bolt action Mauser. This example is marked with the Royal Crown of the the United Kingdoms of Norway and Sweden as they were in union at the time. It is in good condition and shoots very well. The bore is good and the finish externally is good all over the rifle - wood and metal. The rear sight has one fixed and one folding leaf. It comes with some cases and reloading dies.
Daniel Fraser, Black Isle, Scotland .243 Rifle
A classy .243 sporting rifle from Daniel Fraser, The Black Isle, Scotland. This rifle has the serial number 5005 which dates it's manufacture to 1988. The history of this Scottish rifle maker goes back to 1859 when a young Daniel Fraser was taken on by the famous Edinburgh Rifle maker Alexander Henry. By 1878 Fraser has set up by himself and developed his own style and reputation as a high quality maker. Daniel Fraser died in 1902, apparently after getting chilled whilst grouse shooting. The business stumbled on in Edinburgh under the management of his two sons, but by the end of the First World War had closed down. The business was re-established in 1984 when Bernard Horton-Corcoran began building rifles again in Cromaty, on the Black Isle. Horton Corcoran produced this rifle. In 1997 the name Daniel Fraser was acquired by Dickson and Macnaughton who moved the business to Edinburgh. The rifle has some figure in the half length stock. The fore end has a polished horn cap. The reach is 14" and the barrel is 23 1/2". The chequering is clean and in good order. The fore stock has some minor repairs, possible from slight wood shrinkage, but the repairs appear to be of some vintage and have been done to a good standard, and are not obvious on casual inspection. The rifle will be sold with an assurance against any future problems with the stock. The barrel is engraved with "Daniel Fraser & Co. The Black Isle, Scotland and the serial number engraved and picked out in gold coloured metal on the trigger guard.