Presented for reference and enjoyment, Archives showcases a selection of rare, historic and valuable items which have been successfully represented by Sportsman's Legacy.
Accuracy International AW .308 Winchester, 1990s Gunsite import, Schmidt & Bender, case, accessories, 99%

Accuracy International AW .308 Winchester. Similar to the British L96A1 sniper rifle, serial number 1474 is an early Gunsite (1990s) import that has only fired approximately 100 rounds by the original owner. Features include a 26-inch barrel (1/12 twist, 26.5 with brake), green metal finish with black accents, green thumbhole stock with multiple sling attachment points, threaded barrel with brake, three-position Model 70-type safety, cocking indicator, three lug partially-fluted bolt, backswept bolt handle with oversize knob and a dovetailed receiver. ACCESSORIES: Schmidt & Bender PM 6x42mm scope with tactical reticle, green to match, flexible ocular extension, lens covers and camo body cover, quick-attaching open sights, Parker Hale quick-detaching adjustable bipod, five detachable magazines, stock spacers, sling and rubber muzzle cap. HARD CASE: Pristine interior with spacers has cleaning kit, one-piece cleaning rod and screwdriver. A camo tactical soft case is also included. DIMENSIONS: Weight (scoped, with bipod) is 15.4 pounds. Adjustable length of pull. CONDITION: At least 99% overall with only slight handling and case wear.


Anschutz / Cooper .22 LR, 1710 action, Cooper AAA-claro walnut, 1990s, rare, 97%

Anschutz Model 1710 .22 LR stocked by Cooper Arms. For a brief period in the mid-90s, Cooper purchased Anschutz barreled actions and stocked them in the American classic format. Depending on who’s telling the story, somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 of these rifles were made in rimfire, plus a few more in centerfire. They’re rare to the market, given a shooter’s understandable reluctance to part with something this special, and most owner’s have a waiting list of eager buyers. This rifle, serial number 1427744, has the 23-inch plain barrel and dovetailed receiver expected on a 1710. Stocked in AAA-claro with stout, full-length fiddle, the wood is dressed to impress with an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, steel grip cap and a nicely scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds with mounts and the length-of-pull is 13.85 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright and shiny. Metal finish is 97%, with slight indications of field use and light thinning on the guard and knob. Wood finish is nearly pristine and integrity is about 96%, as there are several smaller impressions scattered about. INCLUSIONS: Two five-round magazines, one single-load platform and a Jones bore guide.


Jack O’Connor’s Arizaga 20 gauge SxS, solid documentation, engraved & cased, two barrel sets, made in 1956

Jack O’Connor’s Eusebio Arizaga sidelock 20 gauge shotgun. Supported by a letter from an O’Connor family member, serial number 49401 was acquired in 1956 by Jack O’Connor during one of his visits to Spain. It includes two sets of 26-inch barrels, each with three-inch chambers, matted rib and a single bead. Barrel number 1 is choked IC/M and number 2 a tighter M/F. At some point, per documentation, O’Connor had Al Biesen refresh the checkering. A Miller single trigger was also added, but records do not indicate who performed the installation. Additional features include ejectors, mechanical safety, beavertail forend, checkered butt and an initial plate on the toe line engraved “JOC”. A seven-pin sidelock (hand-detachable with cocking indicators), the action wears full coverage engraving – a fine floral and ribbon pattern that flows onto the forend furniture, barrels, top lever, safety and tangs. A well-used takedown leather case with “Jack O’Connor Lewiston Idaho” stenciled on the outer lid is also included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length of pull is 14.2 inches and drops are approximately 1.5 and 2.75 inches, respectively. CONDITION: Barrels retain some 98% of their rust blue finishes, as does the forend furniture, top lever, safety, side lever, guard and both tangs. Bores remain bright and shiny. The action appears to have a nickel finish that has slightly dulled from use, yet remains about 95% as well. A small dent appears at the left rear of the trigger guard. Overall wood finish condition matches that of the metal and a delightful scattering of field impressions serve to enhance personality. PROVENANCE: In addition to being referenced by serial number in the O’Connor biography and a letter from an O’Connor family member to the consignor, the consignor will provide a letter detailing all known history.


Jack O’Connor’s Winchester 101 Three Gauge Skeet Set, 20/28/.410, superb documentation, cased, 98% condition

Jack O’Connor’s Winchester Model 101 Skeet Set in 20, 28 and .410. Purchased directly from Winchester by O’Connor in 1967, serial number 232764 was inherited by a daughter in 1978 and then passed to a family friend in 2005. Today, it remains unaltered and presents in high original condition. The shotgun itself features ejectors, mechanical safety and a single select trigger. BARRELS: All three barrel sets are 28-inches long, sport vent ribs with double beads and have dedicated (numbered) forends. Each set is properly serialed and also sequentially numbered large-to-small. Fixed skeet chokes run the table. Both the 20 and 28 gauge sets have 2.75-inch chambers, while the .410 has 2.5-inch chambers. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.6 pounds with the 20 gauge barrels. Length of pull is 14 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches, and cast off is slight, possibly .20-inch. CONDITION: All bores are pristine. 20 gauge barrels and forend are at least 99%, with only slight indications of wear. 28 gauge barrels and forend are about 98%, with minor finish thinning on the right side of the muzzle from case, trace of freckling near muzzle and on forend release, and minor impressions in forend wood. The .410 barrels and forend are 99.5%, with only the slightest indications of use and handling. Action is approximately 98%, with slight indications of handling and occasional minor freckling. The stock also rates 98%, with scattered minor impressions. Engraving remains sharp and unblemished. The case is at least 97% inside and 95% outside. Even the keys are included. DOCUMENTATION: Letter on Jack O’Connor Center letterhead hand-signed by daughter detailing the ownership chain through 2005 and a field photo of Jack, son-in-law and grandson on a pheasant hunt with this shotgun. A letter from the current owner to the purchaser will also be provided.


Jack O’Connor’s .458 Winchester Magnum built by Al Biesen, FN Mauser action

Jack O’Connor’s .458 Winchester Magnum built by Al Biesen. Ordered in preparation for an African safari in the late 1960s, O’Connor’s plans changed and he instead gave the rifle to his son, Brad. It was then sold in 1986 to the present consignor, who was quick to wring it out on Cape buffalo. Based on a commercial FN Mauser action and wearing a heavy plain barrel, it has near-perfect balance and is staggeringly accurate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: At least 98% overall with only minor indications of field use. INCLUSIONS: Winchester ammo – partial yellow box of 510-grain softs and partial yellow box of 500-grain FMC and some brass. Interestingly, one of these brass does not have a head stamp, marking it as very early Winchester prototype ammo. DOCUMENTATION: Letters from Brad O’Connor as well as the consignor, both addressed to the purchaser and detailing the complete history of the rifle.


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.


Holland & Holland Takedown Mauser 98 .240 Apex, quick-detaching mount, fantastic bore

Holland & Holland Takedown in .240 Apex. Based on a much-refined Mauser 98 action, serial number 49 is a spectacular example of why Holland & Holland is regarded among the world’s finest riflemakers. The little rifle features a 23-inch light sporter barrel with partially-banded front sight and sling eye, banded rear sight with one standing (marked 50/200) and one folding (marked 350) leaf, single-lever detachable mounting system, modified bolt handle, conventional two-position safety, trapdoor grip cap and horn butt plate. MARKINGS: Serial number (49) appears on front ring and guard. “Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond St., London” centers on the barrel, “Holland’s .240 Bore APEX Regd. Super Express Rifle” as well as “Nitro Proved” shows at the shank. “SANS-NOM TACOMA WA” appears under the wood on the front ring. ENGRAVING: .240 APEX CAL.” tops the front scope ring and “No. 49” the rear scope ring, “SAFE” appears in gold and “49” graces the guard. Both the takedown, guard and butt plate screws are timed and enhanced with scroll. CONDITION: The bore is extraordinary – mirror bright and nearly pristine. Metal finish appears to be original and stands at approximately 80%, although most of the bottom metal coverage has thinned and silvered. Wood finish has tinned, with possible additions of oil. Checkering is worn and flattening. The stock itself bears the impressions of many days afield, in particular on the right side just ahead of the butt plate. Two tiny hairlines begin at the attach screw, but could well be on as deep as the finish. The barreled action has been glassed its full length. The horn butt plate is flaking and has some chipping. The right butt shows a teardrop area of finish that likely filled in an old inlay. DIMENSIONS: Weight (scoped) is 8.4 pounds. Length of pull is 14.15 inches. A Swarovski Z3 3-9x36mm with plex reticle is included.


Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge two-barrel set, good dimensions, 98% condition, oak & leather case,

Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge hand-detachable sidelock ejector with two barrel sets. Made in 1926 and refurbished in the late 1970s, serial number 30786 presents at 98% overall condition while offering both features and measurements for outstanding field service no matter the circumstance. BARRELS: Both barrel sets are 27-inches long with 2.75-inch chambers, properly serialed and proofed. Each has a swamped rib with single bead. Number 1 is choked C/IC and number 1C is F/F. FEATURES: Rolled trigger guard, articulated front trigger, tuned ejectors and automatic safety. EMBELLISHMENT: The action is adorned with Holland’s elegant bordered scroll, the maker’s name appearing in ribbons on either side, “Royal Self-Opener” and patent date on the bottom and “Royal Ejector” on the opening lever. The pattern also graces the forend furniture, top lever, guard, safety and tangs, then continues two inches along the barrels and ribs. Gold highlights include “Holland & Holland” and “13. Brunton Street, London” on the barrels, “1” on the splinter and top lever, “1” and “1C” on the respective barrels, “Safe” and the serial number on the lower tang. Pins, triggers and cocking indicators are gold plated as well. The side lever and top lever screw are finished in niter blue. Checkering is a fine, bordered pattern which wraps both forend and stock, then reappears on the butt. The initial plate on the toe line remains blank. CONDITION: At least 98% as completely refurbished. Engraving remains without blemish. Both barrel sets are fully on face, ring proudly and retain nearly 100% of their rust blue. Forend wood is about 95%, with a pair of indentations on the bottom just forward of the action. Stock is 99%, with a few minor field impressions. The opening lever camps at center and ejectors pop with authority. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 15.25 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.25 inches and cast off is approximately .35 inch. CASE: Oak and leather maker’s case with brass fittings and felt interior includes Holland & Holland snaps, oil bottle and ebony cleaning rod, two leather barrel covers (one branded “Holland & Holland”), leather-cased pull, brush and jag, maker’s label and keys. Initials “RJH” appear on the lid. The case itself remains in approximately 95% condition, with light general wear and a partial separation of the carry handle.


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.


Rigby (London) Mauser Model 98 6.5x55mm magazine rifle, Swarovski, virtually new, originates from the collection of former Rigby owner

John Rigby & Co., London, 6.5x55mm on a much-refined Mauser Model 98. From the collection of a former Rigby owner, serial number 10337 is the very definition of perfection in a magazine rifle. Features include a 24-inch barrel, painstakingly smoothed action with jeweled bolt body/extractor/follower, custom steel bases, color case ERA three-position wing safety with secondary locking button, tuned trigger, custom bolt knob with twin checkered and bordered teardrop panels, 26 lines-per-inch bordered wrap-around checkering, pancake cheekpiece with shadow line, steel grip cap and inletted sling swivel studs. Also included is a Swarovski Z3 3-9x36mm scope with plex reticle. ENGRAVING: “J. Rigby & Co. London. England.” appears on top of the barrel in elegant script. “Cal 6.5×55” is on the floorplate and the serial number rides over the curl of the guard, both in gold. “Made In England” and “Cal. 6.5×55” appear on opposite sides of the front receiver ring and “6.5x55mm” is on the base of the barrel. DIMENSIONS: Weight, including scope, is 9.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: All but pristine and believed fired just three times, the rifle was never hunted. Metal finishes show only the slightest trace of handling. Wood is also nearly perfect, with just a few instances of minor impressions from storage. The scope is also like new.


Rigby .275 Rigby (7×57 Mauser), delivered 1898, Mauser serial 200, well documented and wonderfully restored by Steve Nelson

John Rigby & Co. Mauser Sporting Best .275 Rigby (7x57mm Mauser). Supported by a factory letter, rifle number 1124 was shipped in 1898 with a 26-inch barrel, “Peep 3 and flush 1-2-300″ sights and is based on a Mauser 98 action with serial number 200. Nearly 119 years later, these specifications remain true. ACTION: Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf 1898” appears on the front ring. Serial number 200 appears on the front ring, bolt handle, bolt release, bolt shroud, safety and trigger. Properly modified for hunting, the follower was machined to permit the bolt to slide forward when the magazine is empty. The Rigby rifle number (1124) is engraved on the trigger guard and stamped on the lower part of the action below the stock line. The action has not been drilled or tapped. STOCK: Original and numbered by Rigby when created (“1124” impressed inside just behind the recoil lug recess), it retains what certainly must be the original dimensions and features, including the steel butt plate with widow’s peak (properly numbered “24” on the underside at the toe). Barrel (new circa 2010 when restored) is machined to original contour and incorporates the original island front sight, hook loop and island rear sight. It is numbered “200” to match the action. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.2 pounds. Barrel is 26 inches log. Length-of-pull is 14.1 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.2 inches, and cast is approximately .375 inches. MARKINGS: “FKA” on the underside of the barrel, “100 YDS, 200, 300″ on the respective rear sight leafs”, “SAFE” in gold on the safety, a pair of “stars” on the bottom metal, several modest proof marks on the action and “Rigby’s Peep Sight” on the rear of the aperture sight body mounted on the cocking piece. Finally, “John Rigby & Co., 72 St. James’s St., London, Restoration by Steve Nelson” appears on the barrel. RESTORATION: Circa 2010 by Steve Nelson, the work included a new barrel machined to the original contour, rust blue, oil finish and refreshed checkering. At some point, the action was bedded at the recoil lug and the barrel was bedded in its channel. The bolt release, extractor, front sight body and guard screws wear an elegant niter blue. CONDITION: As refinished, metal finish is about 95% with slight blotching over the chamber area. Metal integrity is strong, with only a few tiny overfished rough spots showing through on the rear sight and trigger guard. Wood finish is also 95%, with only light indications of wear. Wood integrity is about 90%, with a few impressions and some light scratches showing through the new finish. Clearly, Nelson was much more interested in restoring this wonderful rifle with a light touch, rather than destroying it in an effort to render it as new. The bore is pristine. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: Factory letter dated 4/1/13 showing the rifle was sold to Mr A.W.J. Cecil on November 4, 1898. Based on this information, additional internet searching suggests that Cecil (1875-1936) was likely a descendant of King Edward III, fought in the Boer War, was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal. Printed research pages (included) reflect the above and also suggest that Cecil resided at Finchcocks (Goudhurst, now a museum and featured in the verse of poet Siegfried Sassoon) and a photo of Mr. Cecil.


Rigby .470 Nitro Express double rifle, engraved by Barry Lee Hands, ejectors, exhibition grade English walnut, 99% overall

Rigby .470 Nitro Express boxlock ejector double rifle engraved by Barry Lee Hands. Delivered in 2000, serial number 382652 was highlighted in Winter 2003 issue of Double Gun Journal as the lead rifle in William Headrick’s feature Doubles for Dangerous Doings (copy included). The barrels are 26-inches long with a bead front sight, express rear sights (one fixed and two folders), each leaf dressed with a gold sighting line and regulation distance (50/100/150) on its face. Features include exhibition grade English walnut, beavertail forend, bordered checkering, manual safety, trap door grip cap, English cheekpiece and a mercury recoil reducer. ENGRAVING: The action is graced with dramatic scroll to nearly full coverage, the pattern continuing along the top lever, tangs and then reappearing on the forend furniture and grip cap. “J. Rigby & Co.” centers on the lower receiver, “John Rigby & Co.” rides the left barrel and “.470 N.E.” appears in the rib flat. The famous adorsed “RR” logo covers the trap door cap and “SAFE” appears in gold ahead of the tang safety. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 13.4 pounds (including removable mercury recoil reducer/s). Length-of-pull is 14.75 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2 inches, and cast off is approxiately .375 inch. CONDITION: Bores are bright and shiny. The polished rust blue of the barrels, guard, forend furniture, top lever and grip cap is 99%. The nickeled receiver rates the same. Wood is about 98% overall, with minor field impressions and slight indications of handling and storage wear. INCLUSIONS: Original order sheet dated 2/4/00.


Rigby .470 Nitro Express sidelock, engraved by Silvia Milani, unfired, cased

The recent acquisition of John Rigby & Company begins another fascinating chapter in the history of this storied gunmaker. Born in Ireland, relocated long ago to England and then again to America; it will be interesting to see what the new owners (Blaser) have planned. Those who think of Rigby primarily as the maker of rifles, especially double rifles, are likely to pay the most attention. After all, the doubles turned out by “California Rigby” are among the most elegant and accurate ever crafted. While most of the rifles made in Paso Robles were boxlocks, it was the sidelocks that defined the upper limit of the gunmaking art. Chambered in the great .470 Nitro Express, this one wears full-coverage engraving by Silvia Milani – an Italian master recognized as one of the world’s finest. The left lock features a full-maned lion bust, the right a Cape buffalo and the bottom an elephant, each surrounded by intricate scroll. The theme continues over the trigger guard, top lever, forend latch, tangs and grip cap. Gold accents include fine wire at the muzzle, an oval initial outline on the guard (blank), serial number, brand and mark. Stocked in staggering exhibition-grade English walnut with a traditional cheekpiece, it also has a semi-beavertail forend, perfect checkering and sling swivel studs. Other appropriate features include express sights with one fixed and three folding leafs regulated for 50/100/150/200 yards, a trap door grip cap and gold line cocking indicators. Never hunted and always carefully handled, it remains in at least 99% condition with only a hint of storage wear.


Robert Ruark to Harry Selby presentation knife, 1952, history letter signed by Selby

Presented by Robert Ruark to Professional Hunter Harry Selby in 1952 at the beginning of their second safari together, this well-used Spanish knife is one of the most important and historical hunting artifacts ever offered to the public. Entrusted to Sportsman’s Legacy by Mr. Selby and supported with a letter bearing his original signature, holding this knife takes one back to old Africa and a time when a 100-pound elephant might be waiting at the end of a track, black rhino crashed through the thorns and the Mau Mau were growing restless. Equally important, it is a tangible connection to the men whose adventures together inspired some of the greatest works to be found in any hunter’s library. Selby showed Ruark his Africa and Ruark shared it with the rest of us in a way unequaled before or since. Selby also served as the inspiration for one of Ruark’s most memorable characters, Peter McKenzie in Something of Value. Even today, those who dream of Africa are the richer from their chance pairing of long ago.


Luftwaffe drilling by J.P Sauer & Sohns, 12 / 12 / 9.3x74R, vivid colors and pristine bores

Luftwaffe Drilling serial 337541 by J.P. Sauer & Sohn.The 12 gauge barrels have 2.5-inch chambers and are choked F/F. Features include scalloped boxlock action, extractors, three cocking indicators, barrel selector, bead front sight fitted in a matted rib, flip-up rear sight (rises when safety is moved forward, marked for 100 meters), sling loops and Sauer butt plate. Screws are timed. MARKINGS: The Luftwaffe eagle and swastika appears on the right butt as well as the right shotgun barrel in large format. Maker’s name collars the shotgun chambers and “9.3 x 74 R” appears in the rib hollow. ENGRAVING: Action sides and bottom wear 30% coverage of light scroll, the pattern continuing over the forend furniture, top lever, grip cap and screws. The maker’s name appears in script on both sides and the logo “S” dominates the bottom of the receiver. The safety “S” is also in bold script, and the S/S mark of the maker dominates the butt plate. Finally, the serial is engraved on the tang. Thankfully, an importer’s mark is absent. CONDITION: Bores are bright and flawless. Color case is at least 75%. Barrel blue is about 80%, with some uniform thinning. Wood finish is about 90% and wood condition about 85%, with scattered impressions and a scratch on the left side of the forend. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds. Barrels are 25.5 inches long and length-of-pull is 14 inches. No case, papers or accessories.


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.


Sig P 210-2 9mm, 1995, new & unfired

Sig P 210-2 9mm. New and unfired, it was presented to the winner of a shooting match in 1995 as evidenced by the bottom of the dust skirt bearing the inscription “Ehrengabe EMD 75. Sempacherschiessen, 1995”. Features include a 4.75-inch barrel, plastic grips and factory magazine. No box or papers. CONDITION: New and unfired, it has only a slight amount of handling wear, most notably a rub line from manipulating the thumb safety.


Westley Richards pair Model 1897 rifles in .458 Winchester Magnum, consecutive serials, engraved & cased

Westley Richards Model 1897 (New Model dropping block) matching pair of .458 Winchester Magnums with consecutive serial numbers. According to British Single Shot Rifles – Volume IV, it is estimated that Westley Richards produced fewer than 700 single shot actions in both 1891 and 1897 configurations, with the sliding side safety versions (such as these) being the least common. That a pair with consecutive serial numbers remains together after all these years is most improbable. Rifles Number 1 (35662) and Number 2 (35663) are serialized on barrels and the inside leading edges of the actions. As the actions are also marked “450”, it is likely that the original chambering was .450/400. Said to have been factory refurbished in 1973, they were no doubt restocked and rechambered at that time. Features shared by both rifles include 25.5-inch sporter-contoured barrels with hooded bead island front sights, barrel-mounted sling hook eyes, banded rear express sights with one fixed express leaf and two folding express leafs (marked “100” and “200”), leaded (for weight) and bedded (for strength) oversize forends, sliding (mechanical) side safeties, cranked and serrated opening levers, extractors, niter blued pins, traditional English cheekpieces with shadow lines and recoil pads. DIMENSIONS: Weights are approximately 8.5 pounds. Length of pull is 14.5 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.75 inches, and cast (off) is approximately .5-inch. ENGRAVING: Gun numbers and “.458” appear in gold on the barrels. Receivers and opening levers wear a classic scroll to about 50% coverage. Barrels show a single line “Westley Richards & Co., London”, and “Winchester Magnum” subbordinates the gold “.458”. “Westley Richards” is centered on either side of the receivers as well. CONDITION: As refurbished and restocked, each rifle rates about 98% overall. Both bores are strong and bright. Receiver colors are vivid. Both safeties slide very easily. Rifle number 1 has a slight chip on the right side of the forend at the action. Opening lever and lower tang have slight roughness beneath the blue. The bottom of the recoil pad has a puncture. Rifle number 2 has a pair of small marks visible under the colors on the action (right side), the grip cap has finished-over scratches. CASE: Canvas with brass corners, initial plate (blank), twin leather straps and central lock. Inside is navy blue felt with maker’s label on upper lid. Accessories include silver oiler, rod with tips, snap cap and (ebony-handled?) screwdriver. Case condition is very good, with some fabric staining on the exterior. Interior is nearly new.


Biesen / O’Connor custom Winchester Model 70 Featherweight .270 Win., 2006 FNAWS & O’Connor Center raffle rifle, spectacular engraving, unfired

Imagined in 2002, commissioned in 2004 and raffled in 2006; this one-of-a-kind custom rifle is the result of superb cooperation between the O’Connor family, the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center and the Idaho Chapter of FNAWS. Recently donated to the Boone and Crockett Club by the raffle winner, it is presented to the market through the Club’s Guns For Conservation Program. Proceeds from the sale will be directed to the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation and benefit wildlife conservation efforts in perpetuity.

Those who are familiar with O’Connor’s writings will remember that Al Biesen stocked and customized two nearly-identical Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Featherweight .270 Winchester rifles for the legendary writer. As O’Connor wrote in Sheep and Sheep Hunting (Winchester Press, 1974), “The No. 2 rifle is my particular pet. Month after month, year after year, in sunshine and in rain it puts its favorite load with the 130-grain Nosler bullet into a little group three inches high at a hundred yards.” The Biesen / O’Connor rifle offered here is a faithful reproduction of “No 2”. As it should be, the original is owned by the O’Connor family and destined to forever remain in their care.

Built by Al & Roger Biesen, the Model 70 Featherweight barreled action is flawlessly stocked in French walnut, graced with a fine borderless 24 lines-per-inch checkering accented with fluers and finished with an ebony forend tip. Additional features include jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, two-panel checkered bolt knob, recontoured and checkered bolt release and recontoured (cloverleaf) tang. The stock itself is dressed out with a steel bottom metal and grip cap, initial shield on the toe line (blank), cheek piece with shadow line and a Biesen trapdoor butt plate with widow’s peak.

ENGRAVING: Engraved by Paula Biesen-Malicki (Roger’s daughter), the bottom metal is accented with delicate scroll. The steel grip cap continues the theme, surrounding a bust of one Jack’s finest Coues’ deer. The butt plate is nothing short of spectacular, as it presents the bust of O’Connor’s 44-inch Dall’s ram, taken in 1950 on Pilot Mountain in the Yukon Territory. SCOPE: In order to create as exact a duplicate as possible, a Leupold Mountaineer 4x scope with a “straight crosshair” reticle rides in favored Tilden mounts. The only aspect of the rifle not in perfect condition, it retains some 95 percent of the original finish.

DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds, length-of-pull is 13.5 inches and the balance point is two inches behind the forward guard screw.

CONDITION: New and unfired since completion.

INCLUSIONS: As assembled by the raffle winner and donor, a three-ring notebook approximately one-inch thick contains original and copied correspondence between the O’Connor family members, O’Connor biographer Eldon “Buck” Buckner, FNAWS, Roger Biesen, Wolfe Publishing (Rifle Magazine), a final draft of Craig Boddington’s August, 2005 “Gunnotes” column on the rifle, original promotional flyers and a raffle ticket stub. Original and copied photos include the Biesen’s with the rifle in progress and finished, along with a pair of field photos with trophy rams. Finally, a single live Winchester Super Speed .270 round is included. Some would say it to be worth more than the rifle itself. The price is firm and layaway is available. $20,000 plus shipping.


Dumoulin left hand double rifle pair in .375 H&H Magnum and .470 Nitro Express, full coverage game-scene engraved, consecutive serials, unfired

Dumoulin (Ernest) pair of left hand double rifles in .375 H&H Magnum and .470 Nitro Express with consecutive serial numbers. Top levers open to the left and cheekpieces are on the right side of the butts. Common features include hooded ramp front sights with flip up night beads, windage-adjustable quarter rib express rear sights with one fixed and three folding leaves (engraved 50/100/150/200), manual safeties, articulated front triggers, bushed strikers, hand-detachable sidelocks, jeweled water tables, extended upper and lower tangs, trapdoor grip caps, beavertail forends and 26 lines-per-inch checkering. Barrels are rust blue and actions are finished in an accented coin. Triggers, forend releases and some pins are niter blue. As these rifles were imported by Midwest Gun Sport of Ellisville, Missouri, it is nearly certain both were finished in the 1980s. Engraver J. Vielvoye’s signature shows under the trigger guards. Each has the original owner’s name (Robert A. Sweet) in gold on the quarter rib and the initial “S” in a gold oval on the toe line. SERIAL 11279 – .375 H&H MAGNUM. Weight is 10.8 pounds, barrels are 26.25 inches long and length of pull is 14.5 inches. Drops are 1.25 and 2.25 inches. Cast (on) is approximately .50-inch. Full coverage game-scene engraving surrounded by bouquet and scroll features a group of four Cape buffalo bulls on the savannah (right lock), a glaring solid-bossed bull standing in the jesse (left lock) and a gold bust of a heavy-horned bull (bottom). The pattern continues along the top lever, over the guard and down both extended tangs. It then reappears on both front and rear sight ramps, forend furniture and grip cap. Additional gold accents include a heavy wire collar at the barrel bases, sighting lines on the leaves, an “S” just ahead of the tang safety, and gold-plated strikers, internals and some pins. Stocked in heavily-marbled Turkish walnut, it remains in virtually new condition save modest evidence of careful handling. SERIAL 11280 – .470 Nitro Express. Weight is 10.8 pounds, barrels are 25.7 inches long and length of pull is 14.5 inches. Drops are 1.0 and 1.9 inches. Cast (on) is approximately .50-inch. Full coverage game-scene engraving surrounded by bouquet and scroll features two alerted elephant bulls (right lock), an elephant herd led by a huge bull (left lock) and a charging bull in gold (bottom). The balance of engraving as well as condition matches that of the other rifle. The buttstock of this rifle features particularly heavy marbling. COMMON INCLUSIONS: Each trapdoor grip cap houses an extra set of gold-plated strikers and an extra front sight blade. Both of these blades have surface rust from being wrapped in paper. The price is firm and layaway is available. $70,000 the pair, plus shipping.


Jack O’Connor’s personal .416 Rigby Magnum, flawless ownership documentation, field photos, Burgess metal, Brevex

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 flawless 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. Blue is beginning to thin in spots. 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. The price is firm and layaway is available. $65,000 plus shipping.


Sharps Model 1874 .45-110, made in 1876, 30-inch octagon, double set triggers, bright bore

Sharps Model 1874 .45-110 (2 7/8). Serial number 156222 (appears on tang and folding sight base) was made in 1876. Features include double set triggers, 30-inch octagon barrel, folding front and tang sights, and an adjustable rear sight. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11 pounds. Barrel is 1-inch across the flats. Length of pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright, with only a suggestion of roughness. Rifling and crown are sharp. Mechanically sound. Barrel has been reblued with slight softening of the “Old Reliable”marking on top flat , but all the corners remain sharp. Action has silvered and markings are vivid. Forend has two chips on left side. Stock has a modest hairline at the hammer. Screw slots remain in good shape. The price is firm and layaway is available. $13,500 plus shipping.


Wally Johnson’s (Capstick’s “Last Ivory Hunter”) Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, documented, book, Coheleach print, field photos, history letter

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) magazines 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, Walter, plus an impressive selection of large laminated photographs of Wally with his famous clients and some of his best trophies. Walter Johnson will also personally inscribe a copy of Capstick’s book “The Last Ivory Hunter, The Saga of Wally Johnson” for the purchaser. Finally, the Johnson family is including their framed print (27/500) of Guy Coheleach’s “The Last Ivory Hunt” (which appears in the limited edition of Capstick’s book). The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $75,000 plus shipping.


Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 Stainless Featherweight Prototype .270 Winchester with detachable box magazine, one of two made, documented, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 Stainless Featherweight .270 Winchester prototype with detachable box magazine. One of only two rifles every made in this configuration, serial number G2025647 is supported by solid documentation and is certainly among the most unique and desirable Model 70 rifles ever presented to the market. Until now, both have remained in the collections of former Winchester employees. Special features include select walnut, single crossbolt, hand-honed action and hand-lapped barrel, jeweled bolt body, Custom Shop proof marking and “stainless colored one piece trigger guard”. All dimensions appear to be standard. CONDITION: The rifle is unfired since proof and remains in virtually new condition with only slight indications of handling and storage. DOCUMENTATION: Letter signed by Don Pind, Winchester Custom Shop Manager, dated February 8, 1993, detailing features and rarity. INCLUSIONS:Two original detachable magazines and a factory cardboard box with hand-written (on tape) model description. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $15,000 plus shipping.


Left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles, 1990s, new/unfired, consecutive serial numbers, special calibers, controlled round feeding actions, solid documentation

Spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Calibers include .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm STW, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, .35 Whelen, .375 H&H Magnum and .416 Remington Magnum. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. Most include boxes with handwritten serials and/or calibers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $75,000 plus shipping.

.243 Winchester. Serial G151999 features a 26-inch stainless steel H-S Precision barrel with tapered target crown and .875 muzzle diameter. The stock is a right hand McMillan heavy varminter with an extra sling swivel up front for a bipod. The bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 11.2 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. The stock needs finish texture & paint (the consignor could never decide on color) to cover the filled right hand bolt slot, and a small impression (or flaw) on right side at inception of forend taper needs filling. It is interesting to note that this is a standard-length action with a spacer in the magazine box. CONDITION: Overall metal is 99.5%, with the slightest freckling on the very front of the trigger guard (where it meets the floorplate). This caliber was never offered in production.

.25-06 Remington. Serial number G151998 features a 24-inch barrel. Bolt body and follower are jeweled. The floorplate is marked “Super Grade”. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall metal is 99%+, with small spots of surface rust on trigger guard and cocking piece. Safety moves hard off “Fire”, but that is likely to correct with disassembly and cleaning. This caliber was never offered in production.

.270 Winchester. Serial number G152001 has a 24-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. Bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall 99.5% + with only slight evidence of handling.

7mm Remington Magnum. Serial number G152004 has a 26-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. Both bolt body and follower are jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. Features include cheekpiece and single crossbolt. CONDITION: Overall 99.5%+, with one tiny ding in trigger guard finish.

7mm STW (Shooting Times Westerner). Serial number G152005 has a 26-inch barrel. Bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. Features include cheekpiece and single crossbolt. CONDITION: Overall 99%. Metal finish on the barrel is pristine. Finish on the receiver has some faint spots of thinning (splotches) that likely will not show in photographs. As with some of the other rifles, the cocking piece has minor indications of surface rust. Wood finish has some very small and scattered “bumps” along the butt, possibly airborne contamination that settled when the finish was still tacky. There is also a tiny finish rub at the top of the butt just ahead of the pad. This caliber was never offered in production.

.30-06 Springfield. Serial number G15200. This is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. Even though a Sporter stock was specified, a Featherweight stock was delivered. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. Barrel is 22 inches long, weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall is about 99%, with area of flecking and surface rust on cocking piece and a small area of stock finish blotching just above the rear sling swivel stud on the left side.

.300 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152002. Barrel is 26 inches long, LOP is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Barrel is marked “Classic Sporter” on right side. The bolt body is jeweled. CONDITION: Overall 99%+, with nearly perfect wood. The trigger guard as well as the forward sling swivel stud show areas of surface rust. The cocking piece has a slight trace as well.

.338 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152003. Barrel is 26 inches long, LOP is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. CONDITION: Overall 99%, with two very small freckles on the barrel (left side of chamber area) and some light blotching of the receiver finish. Wood is pristine, other than a small impression on the nose due to careless bolt removal. This caliber was never offered in production.

.35 Whelen. Serial number G152007. Barrel is 24 inches long, LOP is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Both bolt body and follower are jeweled. Caliber stamp unique (either struck by hand or engraved by special machine). CONDITION: 99%+. Wood is pristine. Trigger guard blue has two flecks/chips. Tiny area of tarnish on the bolt body polishing. This caliber was never offered in production.

.375 H&H Magnum. Serial number G152006. Heavy sporter barrel with hooded ramp front sight and adjustable folding rear sight is 23.5 inches long. Markings include “Classic Super Express” on barrel left and “Super Express” in gold (fill) on the floorplate. Bolt body is jeweled. The stock has two capped crossbolts, an inletted (Super Grade-type) rear sling swivel stud (there is no provision for a front stud) and a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. The recoil pad (1-inch) has the Winchester logo and the LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall 99%. Barrel blue is pristine. Receiver has one minute freckle on front ring and small rub on right side of rear ring. Cocking piece has a trace of surface rust. Floorplate finish/polishing is splotchy.

.416 Remington Magnum. Serial number G151997. Heavy sporter barrel with hooded ramp front sight and adjustable folding rear sight is 23.5 inches long. Markings include “Classic Super Express” on barrel left and “Super Express” in gold (fill) on the floorplate. Bolt body is jeweled. The stock has two capped crossbolts, an inletted (Super Grade-type) rear sling swivel stud (there is no provision for a front stud) and a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. The recoil pad (1-inch) has the Winchester logo and the LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Wood is 99%, with some light impressions on each side of the stock near the front crossbolt. Metal finish is nearly pristine, with only slight indications of handling. This caliber was never offered in production.


Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe .50 Express (.50-95), engraved, ebony, shotgun butt plate, 26-inch round & matted, 1881, Cody letter

Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe .50 Express (.50-95) with Cody letter. Made in 1881, serial number 19556 features a 26-inch round barrel with beaded front sight, elevator rear sight, half magazine, color case action, pistol grip with ebony inlay, sling loops and a checkered shotgun butt plate with widow’s peak. The wood is exceptional, both forearm and butt shot through with a dynamic sunburst of dark grain graced with fine wrap-around bordered checkering. LETTER: Dated 7/19/99, the Cody letter list most features, then adds the comment “see order for balance”. ENGRAVING: Not referenced in the letter, what appears to be factory engraving highlights the forearm cap, sides and rear of the hammer, and sides and bottom of the lever. MARKINGS: A “P” and “123” appear on the underside of the barrel (under the forearm wood). Of note, there are no proof marks in this area to indicate the rifle was shipped to India or Africa. Also hidden, the front of the action has a mark best described as a “T” inside a “W”. “Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven CT” and “King’s-Improvement-Patented (and dates)” appear as two lines within the full-length matting on top of the barrel. “50” and “Cal.” appear on opposite sides of the matting at the base of the barrel. “Winchester Express” and “.50 Cal. 95 Grains” appear in two lines on the sliding dust cover, and “50-95” is engraved on the bottom of the carrier. “Model 1876” appears on the tang and the serial number is just below the lever lock. CONDITION: Engraving and markings are sharp. The bore is browning with a light scattering of roughness, but remains wonderfully viable. Barrel blue has thinned to about 40 percent, with some areas of surface roughness toward the muzzle. Action colors have browned to about 30 percent, yet the surface is absent any significant flaws. The lever locks up tight and the action operates with authority. Checkering shows minimal flattening and wood finish is both uniform and strong. Both stock and forearm have a scattering of small nicks and impressions. The stock as a small hairline of about .25-inch on the pistol grip between the tang and the grip’s ebony inlay. The butt plate is without issue. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. INCLUSIONS: Cody letter and photocopy of order book sheet. The price is firm and layaway is available. $27,500 plus shipping.


Colt SAA 1st Generation .32 WCF (.32/20) with 5.5-inch barrel, shipped 1913 to Browning Brothers, ivory eagle, factory letter

Colt SAA 1st Generation .32/20 with 5.5-inch barrel. Serial number 326617 is supported by factory history letter and was shipped on May 3, 1913 to Browning Brothers in Utah. CONDITION: 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. DOCUMENTATION: Factory history letter. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,000 plus shipping.


Jack O’Connor’s Colt National Match Mid-Range .38 Special, documented, 99 percent condition

For many hunters and shooters old enough to lament the gray in their beard, the legendary Jack O’Connor still stands as the foremost authority on all things related to firearms. O’Connor is the sheep hunter’s sheep hunter, one of the earliest winners of the prestigious Weatherby Award and the famous nemesis of a big-hatted cowboy named Elmer. Gone from us now some 40 years, O’Connor is still widely remembered as the champion of the .270 Winchester cartridge and, in error, as the fellow who originally hung the phrase “Grand Slam” on the taking of all four species of North American wild sheep.

O’Connor was a rifleman, to be sure, and was also pretty good with a shotgun. He even went so far as to get a Colt National Match Mid-Range .38 Special and tell his friend Henry Kaufman, “I thought sometime I might want to do a little target shooting”. He wrote about this pistol in his Getting the Range column that appeared in the February, 1966 issue of Outdoor Life. Jack never used this Colt very much and sold it Kaufman in the mid-70s. Henry then let someone talk him out of the pistol, which in turn was purchased by the current owner in 1994. Still in spectacular condition and supported by ironclad documentation, it is a legitimate piece of shooting history.

CONDITION: Serial number 4874-MR includes the original magazine, Elliason adjustable rear sight and remains in at least 99 percent overall condition. Only light indications of handling and range wear are present. DOCUMENTATION: A factory letter has been ordered and will be forwarded to the purchaser upon its receipt. A black and white photograph of the pistol with serial number and “Colt National Match cal. .38 Sp. WC. This was the only pistol I ever bought from Jack O’Connor” on reverse. This photo is attached to a signed letter dated 7/3/92 from Henry Kaufman to Bob Cunningham (second purchaser) discussing the pistol and its sale. In turn, Cunningham added notes to this letter on 1/29/94 which acknowledged the sale to the present owner. Finally, another letter from Kaufman, dated “July 3”, supports Kaufman’s primary document in casual form. These documents, along with a photocopy of the 2/66 issue of Outdoor Life are included. Additionally, the present owner will prepare a personalized letter to the purchaser detailing the pistol’s history. INCLUSIONS: One aftermarket magazine. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,000 plus shipping.


Kimber LAPD SWAT Custom II .45 ACP, one of seven from first production unintentional overrun, never issued, unfired

Kimber LAPD SWAT Custom II .45 ACP, one of seven pistols from the first production overrun. 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. CONDITION: New and unfired with slight handling wear. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $8,000 plus shipping.


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.