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.


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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.


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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.

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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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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.


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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.


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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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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.


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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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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.


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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.


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