Griffin & Howe .358 Norma Magnum, Kaye game scene engraved, Churchill checkered, factory history letter

Griffin & Howe custom .358 Norma Magnum on a Sako action masterfully game-scene engraved by Tommy Kaye and checkered by Winston Churchill. Based on a Sako L61R action and marked “No. 2589 Griffin & Howe New York, NY”, the serial number is 52882. The 24-inch barrel has a banded and hooded front sight, a banded sling swivel stud and is not tapped for a rear sight. The action has a jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, along with a carefully tuned trigger. The floorplate engraving is spectacular, with a glaring Alaska moose in profile among elegant scroll, a theme which continues over the trigger guard and then circles a grizzly bust on the grip cap. Bottom metal and the grip cap are finished in French gray as an accent. The bolt knob is checkered in a five-panel teardrop pattern and finishes in a stunning circular tapestry. The single crossbolt features a complimentary pattern and all of the attaching screws are finished in niter blue. The stock is fashioned from a rich walnut blank shot through with fiddle and superbly checkered in a 24 lines-per-inch bordered wrap-around pattern. The shadowline cheekpiece is carefully scalloped as well, an ideal compliment to the classic straight comb (both drops are 1.25 inches) shape. Weight is 8.4 pounds and length of pull is 14.25 inches. Metal finish (rust blue on barreled action and French gray along the bottom) is at least 98% due to minor scaling. Wood is at least 97% with scattered evidence of field use (mostly light impressions). Completed in 1975/76 and supported by a factory letter.


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Jack O’Connor’s personal .416 Rigby Magnum

Jack O’Connor’s personal .416 Rigby Magnum on a Brevex Magnum Mauser action with metalwork by Tom Burgess and stock by Bob Johnson. Supported by detailed documentation, serial 66179 is a magnificent piece of hunting history which can rightfully command the rack-center position from any of the world’s the finest firearm collections. O’Connor used this rifle to take his only elephant, finest lion and last Cape buffalo. Features include a 24-inch barrel with ramped front sight, “sweated on” barrel-mounted sling swivel stud and island rear sight with adjustable fixed leaf. The stock begins with an ebony forend tip that transitions into a properly shaped and dimensioned forearm, and the butt has a gracefully scalloped and shadowlined cheekpiece. Checkering is fine, a borderless pattern that wraps around the forearm and panels the grip, each area in turn accented with arrows. The pistol grip ends in a checkered metal cap and the stock concludes in a one-inch pad mounted on a widow’s peak plate. The action itself features a jeweled bolt body and follower, straight bolt handle with two checkered teardrops,  two position wing safety and a Canjar trigger. Weight is  10.4 pounds and length of pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall condition is at least 95%, with some evidence of field service. The bore shows strong and bright. DOCUMENTATION: Copy of letter from O’Connor dated 3/1/73 regarding the preliminary sale of this rifle to the present owner, stating his intentions to use the rifle on safari later that year. (In fact, the rifle had been promised to another who delayed picking it up. Just after this letter was written, the fellow wanted to close the sale and Jack agreed. Some years later, the current owner tracked the rifle down and managed to complete his purchase.) The purchaser will receive a letter detailing specifics and history, and the following inclusions. PUBLICATIONS: Photocopy of Outdoor Life 1/70 feature “Elephants on the Zambezi” which chronicles bringing this rifle into play on elephant. It also mentions the scope, a Weaver 2.5x that still remains mounted and capable of service. Photocopy of Outdoor Life 2/70 feature “Cliff-Hanging Lion” covers the .416’s use on his best lion and also makes reference to the Weaver scope. Photocopy of Outdoor Life 1/70 column “One-Rifle Safaris” that makes several references to the rifle. Photocopy of Hunting Guns 1991 (annual by Outdoor Life) feature “A Full House On Lions” with references to the rifle. Photocopy of Gun Notes, Volume 1, and a “letter” circa 1970 from O’Connor to Truman Fowler (who published Elmer Keith’s “Safari”) stating he had only owned two .416s (meaning Rigby Magnums). The subject rifle is the second of those. True copy of Gun Digest 1970 which carries the story “The Killing Power Controversy” and a one half page photo treatment of the subject rifle that details features and handloading information. PHOTOGRAPHS: Spectacular color 8×10 print of O’Connor, the rifle and his last Cape buffalo. B&W 8×10 print of the rifle resting across the boss of the last buffalo (Zambia, 1969). Color 8×10 and 5×7 prints of Jack with his only elephant. Although taken with the .416, he is holding his wife’s rifle in the photo. Color 5×7 print of O’Connor with his finest lion. In this image, Jack is cradling the rifle. Wonderful 8×10 print of O’Connor and his best lion, the rifle appearing in detail in the foreground. Several (color and B&W) studio images of the rifle, no doubt intended for publication. B&W 5×7 studio print of Rigby (brand) ammunition which appears in the O’Connor’s book “The Hunting Rifle”. AMMUNITION: Rigby – 28 vintage rounds of yellow/black box .410-grain solids. Rigby – 7 vintage rounds of brown box hollow points. HANDLOADS: partial box of .378 Weatherby Magnum formed to .416 Rigby with Jack’s handwritten (faint) loading information. Also two boxes of current Federal ammo and Lyman dies. $65,000.


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Lebeau-Courally SxS double rifle in .444 Marlin, extra 8×57 JRS & 20 gauge barrels, engraved, cased, wonderfully restored

Spectacular small frame Lebeau-Courally SxS sidelock double rifle with three-barrel sets (.444 Marlin, 8×57 JRS & 20 gauge). To much of the world, the handcrafted masterpieces of Belgium’s Lebeau-Courally are only approximated by those born on the revered benches of Holland & Holland or Purdey. While a hint of politics, nationalistic pride or simple green-eyed jealousy might contribute to these feelings; there is no dispute that the quality of Lebeau-Courally creations are of the first order – especially those examples hailing from between the wars. Completed in 1929, serial number 41908 is a bar action sidelock extractor with gold-plated locks (internal). Initially crafted with a single set of barrels in 10.75x52R, these barrels are now sleeved (at the chamber) for the powerful .444 Marlin cartridge (240-grain bullets at approximately 2300 FPS with 2800 FP energy). Internally, the lands remain strong and the bores bright. These original barrels are 25.7 inches long. Their matted rib holds two drift-adjustable folding notched express leafs (marked 100M & 150M) that align with an inletted beaded front ramp. In this configuration, the rifle weighs just 7.4 pounds. The Brussels firm of Darville was charged with creating two additional sets of barrels, each serialed to the action and proofed in 1982/3 (given marks). The first is chambered in 8×57 JRS (160-grain bullets at approximately 2700 FPS with 2800 FP energy or 196-grain bullets at approximately 2400 FPS with 2500 FP energy). These barrels are 24.3 inches long have pristine bores. They sport a substantial raised quarter rib that incorporates a single drift-adjustable folding notched express leaf which aligns with a beaded blade on a raised front ramp, along with claw mounts (quick detaching) that secure a Schmidt and Bender 1.25-4×20 Safari scope with a heavy plex reticle and 30mm main tube. In scoped configuration, the rifle weighs 8.8 pounds. Sans scope, weight is 7.8 pounds. The second set of Darville barrels is one of the primary reasons this sidelock is so special, for they are 20 gauge. Their particulars are 26-inches in length, 2.75-inch chambers and chokes that gauge C/C. Bores are shockingly bright. In this configuration, weight is just 6 pounds! Unexpected features include a set trigger (the forward, needs proper adjustment), timed screws and a pistol grip appears to be of horn.ENGRAVING: Engraving is of the highest quality, a delicate bouquet and scroll that flows along the locks and expands to its fullest form on the underside of the action. It continues over the guard and down the extended tang, along the opening lever until it surrounds the thumb safety and is finally repeated on the heel and toe caps of the butt. Accents include gold “S”, plus engraved forend furniture and pins. CONDITION: By all appearances, the set has undergone a most careful and complete refurbish. Barrels a wear rich rust blue and remain in at least 97% finish condition. The action has been lightly polished and the revived color case stands at about 70%. Restocked with rich European walnut with a hand-rubbed oil finish and perfectly checkered at 26 lines-per-inch, wood presents at no less than 99%. DIMENSIONS: LOP is 14.3 inches. Drops are 1.6 and 2.8 inches, and cast (off) is approximately .4 inch. ACCOMPANIMENTS: Regulating targets for the 8×57 JRS barrels, proof certificates for each Darville barrel set, gunsmith notes regarding operation and adjustment of set trigger and five extra firing pins. CASE: Leather with brass corners (recent internal refurbish by Huey). Maker’s label. Includes snaps for each barrel set, silver oil bottle, porcelain patch and brush bottles, two-piece ebony shotgun cleaning rod with appropriate attachments, leather wallet with rifle brushes and ebony (or horn) decocking block.


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Wally Johnson’s “The Last Ivory Hunter” Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum

Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum from the Wally Johnson estate. Mr. Johnson is the subject of Peter Hathaway Capstick’s biography “The Last Ivory Hunter” and this was his most-used hunting rifle. Serial 13997 was made in 1938 and is certainly among the most historic and important hunting firearms ever offered, as it was used to take countless elephants and other dangerous game during Wally’s storied career. After becoming a professional hunter, Wally carried it when guiding an impressive list of clients which included Robert Ruark. Warren Page, Fred Huntington, Jack Lott and Fred Bear, as well as while hunting with Harry Manners. As is expected, its condition reflects generations of hard use – but it remains perfectly operational. Recent issues of Safari (Nov/Dec ’15) Sports Afield (May/June ’15) and Petersen’s Hunting (April/May ’15) detailed every aspect of this rifle, and copies are included with the purchase. Also included are personalized a letter of authenticity from Wally’s son, Walt, plus an impressive selection of large laminated photographs of Wally with his famous clients and some of his best trophies. Walt Johnson will also personally inscribe a copy of Capstick’s book for the purchaser. Finally, the Johnson family is including their framed print (27/500) of Guy Coheleach’s “The Last Ivory Hunt” elephant print (which appears in the limited edition of Capstick’s book). $75,000.


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Weatherby Sauer Junior .224 Weatherby Magnum, miniature Mark V-style six lug action, Weatherby scope, EAW Quick-Loc mounts

Weatherby Sauer Junior .224 Weatherby Magnum. Made in West Germany on a miniature six-lug Mark V-style action, this spectacular little rifle weights just 7.4 pounds with the scope attached. Serial S8027 has a 24-inch barrel with banded front ramp sight and banded rear sight with fixed serrated blade. Additional features include a double set trigger, sling loops and Sauer butt plate. Length of pull is 15 inches. SCOPE: The German-made Weatherby Variable 2-7x is mounted in an EAW Quick-Loc Pivot Mount system with 1-inch rings. It has a thin crosshair reticle and remains wonderfully clear. All three 12 o’clock adjustments (one for focus, the others for windage and elevation) appear to operate properly. However, the magnification adjustment is stuck on 2x. CONDITION: Bore is bright and shiny, with sharp rifling. The polished blue is about 97%, with only a slight area of thinning and freckling on the bottom of the front sight band and other slight indications of handling. Wood finish is nearly 100% and the stock condition is about 95% due to scattered field impressions (mostly on bottom of forearm just ahead of the floorplate) and one isolated larger spot on the left side of the butt near the toe. CARTRIDGE: The .224 Weatherby Magnum was introduced in 1963. Performance is similar to the .22-250 Remington. Weatherby-branded ammunition is commercially available.


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Colt SAA 1st Generation .32 WCF (.32/20) with 5.5-inch barrel

According to the included factory letter, serial number 326617 was shipped on May 3, 1913 to Browning Brothers in Utah. Overall original condition is about 50%. Colors on frame and hammer are consistent. Sides of trigger retain much of the fire blue, and the blue on both barrel and cylinder is about 70%. Ivory grips have the expected cracks that come with age. Bore is very good, with a bit of consistent roughness. Screw heads are very good, with most perfect. All four clicks retain authority and the cylinder locks up tight. $9,000.


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Kimber LAPD SWAT Custom II .45 ACP, original production, never issued

Kimber LAPD SWAT Custom II .45 ACP from the first production run. Following extensive testing in 2001 and 2002, LAPD SWAT selected a modified version of the Kimber Custom II as their duty pistol. The initial order was delivered in 2002. Seven complete pistols remained as overruns and were sold to Kimber employees. This pistol, serial number KLA114269, is one of the seven. It remains new and unfired. Special markings include “LAPD SWAT CUSTOM II” on slide right and serial number K (Kimber) LA (Los Angeles) 114 (SWAT radio code), followed by a unique three-digit number. It is likely this is the most collectible Kimber pistol ever offered. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $8,000.


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Smith & Wesson pre-29 .44 Remington Magnum, 1957, 6.5-inch, blue box, 99% condition

Smith & Wesson pre-Model 29 .44 Remington Magnum with serial number S171285. Made in 1957, features include the four-screw frame configuration, 6.5-inch barrel with red ramp front front sight, serrated target hammer and grooved target trigger. CONDITION: At least 99% original finish with only the slightest indications of handling wear. Bore is bright and shiny. High edges are pristine and the turn ring is faint. The blue box rates at least 95% and includes tools. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $3,500.


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