Presented for reference and enjoyment, Archives showcases a selection of rare, historic and valuable items which have been successfully represented by Sportsman's Legacy.
American Custom Gunmakers’ Guild 2004 raffle rifle “The Ultimate .22”, shortened Mauser 98, Amrine/Peitz/Rudolph, incredible & unfired

American Custom Gunmakers’ Guild 2004 raffle rifle, “The Ultimate .22”. METAL: Refined by Joe Peitz to a level precluding any sort of comprehensive description, this incredible rifle is based on a shortened and much-modified Mauser 98 action with capped and levered double square bridges. Primary features include a handmade bolt with dual firing pins, sculpted octagon bolt handle and handmade shroud, cocking piece and bottom metal. The Krieger barrel blank was shortened to 19 inches, turned down to a petite profile and finished in a half-round/half-octagon contour with an integral quarter rib supporting one fixed and two folding leafs wearing gold sight alignment lines marked 50/75/100. The sliding two-position safety is mounted on the tang. The front sight ramp and forend cap are a single piece, and the forend sling stirrup is hand-contoured. Two handmade five-shot magazines are hidden, releasing only when the contoured floorplate is fully opened and a button depressed. METAL FINISH: Executed by Pete Mazur, a well-envisioned blending of rust blue, French gray and nitre blue accentuates the metal highlights while presenting the ideal foundation for embellishment. STOCK: Larry Amrine created the petite full stock from a blank of “French” walnut, its simple yet strong grain doubt selected so as not to compete with either the metalwork or engraving. A Fisher grip cap and Biesen butt plate with welded points have been perfectly mated, and the 22 lines-per-inch point pattern wrap-around checkering with a mullered border is flawlessly executed. Additional major appointments include a pancake cheekpiece. KNIFE: Jim Martin created a sleek-lined folder with a damascus blade that complements the rifle while providing the engraver with separate major component to continue the theme. ENGRAVING: Certainly one of the most elaborate yet engaging undertakings of recent times, Gil Rudolph executed a masterpiece of overlapping English scroll with raised 24-carat gold acorns, bordered gold lines and scroll. Highlights are the presentation of small game animal and varmint busts (coyote, Canada lynx, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel and rat) with their Latin names presented in a subordinating ribbon. Certainly full coverage, the engraving theme continues to the scope caps and turret, knife, tools, bottles and case lid. Makers’ names are engraved on the inside of the floorplate. DIMENSIONS: Length-of-pull is 13.4 inches. CASE: The Huey leather and oak case features reinforced corners and field cover. Each component is French-fitted into its own pocket within the red felt interior. Additional appointments include a key box and a two-piece brass rod (hidden below the rifle itself). INCLUSIONS: Leupold Compact 4x scope, inert 8mm Mauser and .22 LR cartridges and a .22 LR snap. Proceeds of this sale benefit the Boone and Crockett Club.


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 Al Biesen .22-250 on shortened Springfield action with Jack’s name spelled incorrectly on barrel

Based on a shortened (cut and welded) Springfield action, this rifle is a piece of gunmaking history. Those who have carefully studied custom rifles might remember it as the one with O’Connor’s name incorrectly spelled “O’Conner” on the barrel. Maker Al Biesen once remarked “I’ll never be able to live that one down!”

Made in 1948 near the end of his tenure with the Columbia Gun Company and when the cartridge itself was but a wildcat, this .22-250 was actually the third rifle Al Biesen prepared for O’Connor. It remains in superb condition and is still topped with the same Leupold 7.5x scope that Jack acknowledged as his favorite optic for this rifle. The 24-inch sporter barrel and modified action/bolt/bottom metal wear a wonderful polished blue. The heavily-figured and fiddled walnut stock is checkered in a graceful borderless pattern with fleurs and ribbons. Finishing touches include an ebony forend tip, what appears to be a carved ebony pistol grip cap, inletted sling swivel studs, a cheekpiece with shadow line and a checkered steel buttplate with widow’s peak. Scope bases appear to be custom-contoured as well. The bolt body and follower are jeweled and the crown is recessed.

In the July, 1969 issue of Outdoor Life, Jack O’Connor wrote of this rifle: “I have had my present .22/250 for 20 years. This particular rifle is a sort of a rare bird. The action is a high-number, nickel-steel Springfield, shortened for the .22/250 cartridge. A piece has been cut out of the bolt and out of the receiver. The parts were cunningly welded back together and polished. It was so skillfully done that the weld defies detection. Stock is by Al Biesen and is one of the first he made after he moved from Wisconsin to Spokane, Washington. Metal work was done by Columbia Gun Company, an outfit that went out of business in the early 1950’s, I believe. In the score of years I have used this custom .22/250 it has worn a variety of scopes, but presently is equipped with a Leupold 7 1/2x. It has a 24-inch barrel and weighs 8 1/2 lb. This is heavy enough to shoot quite well and light enough so that it is not very burdensome to carry.”

In a final, nearly unbelievable twist, this rifle is well-addressed in Anderson and Buckner’s biography, “Jack O’Connor, The Legendary Life of America’s Greatest Gunwriter”. Incredibly, the book lists the serial number as 3127703. The correct serial is 3127765, with the upper portions of the last two numerals being obscured by the front scope base. You gotta wonder if knowing this would have made Al feel a little better about the mistake.

MARKING: The barrel marking reads “Custom Built, Columbia Gun Co. – Spokane, Wash For Jack O’Conner”. CONDITION: The bore is beginning to show slight wear but remains viable. The present owner has fired fewer than 60 rounds through this rifle since purchasing it in 1995, an included target showing a pair of three-shot, 100-yard groups of approximately 1.25 inches center-to-center with Winchester Super-X PSP 50-grain and Trophy Bonded Bearclaw 55-grain bullets. Metal finish stands at 90 percent. Wood finish is about the same and the stock has a scattering of wonderful field impressions to fondle and ponder. INCLUSIONS: Included are photocopies of O’Connor’s book pages, magazine articles and columns that picture or mention this rifle, along with a personalized letter from the current owner detailing its history.


Biesen pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, Jack O’Connor Heritage Center Big Game Rifle Number One, engraved, 5 + 1 capacity, pristine

Crafted by Al, Roger and Paula Biesen as the 2013 fundraising rifle for the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center, this spectacular custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum stands in unfired condition. Serial number 525302 wears its original 25-inch tapered heavy sporter factory barrel with hooded ramp front sight and island rear sight base topped with two folding leafs. The much-refined action features a jeweled bolt body, extractor, follower and rail, hollow bolt knob with two checkered teardrops, recontoured and checkered bolt release button, recontoured tang and custom bottom metal with inside-the-bow release button. Magazine capacity is five-plus-one, even though there is no drop box configuration. The stock is the very definition of classic layout and presentation. The Biesens carefully selected an exhibition-grade English walnut blank with rich, heavy grain over its full length as an appropriate foundation. Finished appointments include an ebony forend tip, flawless 24 lines-per-inch wrap around borderless checkering surrounding the signature Biesen fleurs and a tapering pancake cheekpiece with shadow line. Every aspect of the execution is flawless. ENGRAVING: Paula Biesen dressed the sight hood, ring tops (Leupold quick detaching 1-inch medium height), bolt handle and bottom metal with an elegant bold scroll. The pattern continues to the grip cap, where it then frames the bust of an alerted and threatening Cape buffalo bull. The floorplate scroll reads “Jack O’Connor Heritage Center Big Game Series #1, 2013” and is signed thereunder “P. Biesen”. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds with mounts. Length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is very strong and bright. Overall condition is pristine, with only the slightest indications of display and handling.


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.


Browning Superposed Pigeon Grade 12 gauge, two sets barrels, fantastic wood, 1964, cased, 98 percent

Browning Superposed Pigeon Grade 12 gauge with two original sets of barrels. Made in 1964, serial number 18828S4 features a silver/gray receiver, two original and numbered barrel sets (26.5 inches choked IC/M and 28 inches choked M/F) with 2.75-inch chambers. ENGRAVING: The receiver features a pair of flying pigeons on either side and a pair of bouquets on the bottom, each surrounded by an oak leaf and scroll pattern that continues along the tangs, guard and forend furniture. This work is unsigned. DIMENSIONS: Length of pull is 14.25 inches. Weight is 7.8 pounds with the longer barrels. Drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches and cast (off) is slight at approximately .20-inch. Double-bead matted rib is .310 wide. CONDITION: Little fired, it remains on face with lever closing well to the right. Bores are bright and shiny. Both sets of barrels retain 99% of their rust blue and show only slight forend track wear. Receiver finish is pristine. Wood integrity is 100% and finish rates at least 98 due to minor evidence of handling (impressions) and small area of varnish lift on right side of grip along the top of the checkering. CASE: Browning two-barrel case is at least 90% inside and out. Nameplate (H.R. Hull) is located just under carry handle. INCLUSIONS: Manual and key for case.


Casull Arms CA 2000 .22 LR, 1.75-inch, folding trigger, one of approximately 900 made, numbered locking “book case”, booklet signed by Dick Casull

Casull Arms CA 2000 .22 LR. One of approximately 900 made, serial 000785 includes its original (numbered) locking “book case” with integral booklet signed by Dick Casull on 3/11/2005. Machined from stainless steel and wearing a satin finish, it features a 1.75-inch barrel, five-shot cylinder, folding trigger, internal hammer, external safety and Micarta grips. CONDITION: The revolver remains in at least 99 percent condition, with only slight evidence of handling and firing. The case and integral booklet are equally strong. INCLUSIONS: Locking “book case” numbered to the pistol (on the spine), signed Casull booklet and diary key.


Connecticut Shotgun / Galazan RBL Professional Double Slug 20 gauge, 6.4 pounds, 22-inch, double triggers, ejectors, sights, Talley, exhibition wood, 99 percent

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company RBL Professional Double Slug 20 gauge. Serial RBL004648 is a wonderfully imagined and most practical “double rifle” featuring 22-inch barrels with adjustable regulator, ramped and beaded front sight, folding rear sight, integral base for Talley rings, ejectors, scalloped action, two (gold plated) triggers, splinter forend, English (straight grip) stock and automatic safety. The barrels have opposing rifling (left barrel twists right and right barrel twists left) and 2.75-inch chambers. Barrels, top lever, safety and trigger guard are finished in satin blue while the action and upper tang wear brilliant color case. The walnut has spectacular figure, with broad fields of feathering grain accented with a sunburst of tigerstriping. Designed to fire sabots in the 250-grain range (such as Hornady SST FTX at 1800 FPS, sighting 3.3-inches high at 100 yards gives a 150-yard zero and a drop of 8.2-inches at 200 yards), it is an ideal stand rifle for deer or black bear, as well as wild hogs. ENGRAVING: The action is graced by a delicate scroll to about 60 percent coverage, the pattern continuing in accents over the forend furniture, barrels, top lever, guard and tangs. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds without rings, length-of-pull is 14.3 inches and drops are 1.5 and 2.1 inches. CONDITION: Possibly unfired, metal finishes retain nearly 100 percent while wood is about 99 percent due to light handling marks and impressions. INCLUSIONS: Talley 1-inch medium rings, hard takedown case (unmarked), sleeves, snap caps, barrel regulation instructions and 50 rounds of Hornady SST FTX ammunition.


Griffin & Howe .300 H&H Magnum bull gun, Ben Comfort, 1935 Camp Perry Wimbledon Cup, engraved, inspired by Elmer Keith

Griffin & Howe .300 H&H Magnum single shot bull gun, engraved “Ben C. Comfort” with his 1935 Wimbledon Cup-winning score. Built on Remington 30-S Express action serial number 23063 (made in 1932 per Remington), Griffin & Howe rifle number 1415 was “likely” (per G&H Archivist) completed in 1935. (Repeated attempts to locate any G&H records for this rifle were unsuccessful).

According to the chapter “Ben Comfort’s Sighters” from the book “The National Matches – 1903-2003, The First 100 Years” published by the NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division (NRA is the sponsor of Camp Perry’s Wimbledon Cup), Comfort had “…only just received his custom-built rifle. He had no sighting data for 1,000 yards…“, this passage supporting the G&H Archivist’s assertion that the rifle was made/shipped in 1935. This same chapter states that Griffin & Howe indeed built Comfort’s rifle on a 1917 action (the Remington 30-S being visually similar to a 1917 without the rear sight “ears”), and that it was stocked by G&H’s Ernest Kerner. Also, the chapter cites a 1936 G&H ad that the barrel was 30-inches long and tapers from a diameter of 1.3 inches at the receiver to 1.0 inch at the muzzle. The barrel of this rifle is, indeed, 30 inches long and measures 1.241 inches at the receiver and .941 inch at the muzzle – the slight difference a likely result of finishing. It also reports that Comfort’s rifle was a single shot, as is the subject (the magazine box is plugged with a carefully-fitted walnut insert).

A Griffin & Howe ad appearing in the November, 1935 issue of American Rifleman reads “Camp Perry Wimbledon Cup won this year by Ben C. Comfort with a Griffin & Howe .300 Magnum rifle”. Another G&H ad from the September, 1936 issue states that the rifle was stocked by their own Ernest Kerner. A search by the NRA failed to turn up any specific reference to Comfort’s rifle by serial number. Unfortunately, the records kept of competition rifle trigger pull weights were not retained.

In Keith, An Autobiography, Elmer Keith writes “In 1933 I booked Ben Comfort and Vic Asby from St. Louis for a month’s sheep, goat and deer hunt in the Big Horn Craig’s.” After relating some happenings of the hunt, Keith remembered “While Vic and Gerry were off on a side hunt down Roaring Creek, we got a three-day blizzard. While Ben and I were waiting it out, he asked me what it would take to win the Wimbledon cup. I told him the best cartridge I knew would be the .300 Magnum bull gun, and he had Griffin & Howe build it…The next year at Camp Perry he won the great Wimbledon cup and sent me a picture of himself drinking beer out of it. He was a big, fat man and I surely enjoyed the picture of him drinking beer out of that huge Wimbledon cup. After that, it was a long time before the cup was won with anything but the .300 Magnum.” Finally, Elmer related that he “...saw the finest mule deer of his entire life on that trip…“, and that Comfort missed it three times at 400 yards. He had even offered Comfort $100 for the opportunity to take the shot, but Ben turned him down. Elsewhere, Keith recalls his response to Comfort’s questioning about the ideal rifle Wimbledon Cup rifle, “…a .300 Magnum bull gun with a 30-inch barrel, prone stock…“, then “...Ben had Griffin & Howe make it up, and the shooting world knows what he did with it…“.

MARKINGS: “No. 1415 Griffin & Howe Inc. New York” is centered on the barrel. “Ben C. Comfort, 1935 Winner, The Wimbledon Cup Match, Camp Perry. Ohio. Score-100-14V” appears on the left side of the barrel near the front ring. “659” is written in pencil three times along the barrel channel.

FEATURES: Bolt body, extractor and rail are jeweled, cheekpiece with shadow line, metal pistol grip cap, blank oval in toe line, inletted base with loop for shooting sling.

DIMENSIONS: Weight (sans scope) is 13.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.6 inches.

SCOPE: Lyman 10x Super Targetspot number 6439 with straight “cross hair” reticle and threaded metal lens caps. Lenses are nearly pristine and optical quality is without issue.

CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, with sharp rifling. Rust blue is about 95 percent overall, with evidence of open sights (absent). The rear bridge has been drilled and tapped (two holes) and has a filled third hole. The Lyman base is missing its sight. Wood is about 85 percent, with a very good finish and a number of modest field and handling impressions. The stock has what appears to be an original splice to the rear of the pistol grip, adding a bit more wood so as to give it more depth. (Checkering and finish over this area appear to be original).

INCLUSIONS: American Rifleman, October, 1935, photocopies of Ben Comfort’s Sighters, Elmer Keith book pages and a host of articles on Comfort, the Wimbledon Cup and the influence of Comfort’s win on the long-range shooting and hunting world.

RESEARCH NOTES: It is occasionally reported that Comfort had G&H build a pair of rifles for his effort. It seems all but certain that the current scope on the rifle is not the one pictured (and certainly not the one generally described) as what Comfort used on his competition 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.


George Hoenig custom takedown Browning SA-22 .22 LR, Lyman Alaskan, from the estate of Tom Siatos and featured in 3/79 issue of Guns & Ammo Magazine

Imagined and created by George Hoenig for his personal use, featured in the March, 1979 issue of Guns & Ammo Magazine and originating from the estate of Tom Siatos, this tremendous little Browning SA-22 .22 LR is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. It is actually a backpacker/takedown, that process accomplished by loosening a set screw and then using a special takedown tool which Hoenig constructed. Once apart, it slipped into a custom case. (Both the takedown tool and case and are lost to the ages.) BARREL: A Winchester Model 52 .22 LR barrel with a muzzle diameter of .940-inch and date stamp “54” was shortened to 16 inches and fitted to the Browning SA-22 action. Hoenig then added a petite English stock with 26 lines-per-inch wrap around bordered checkering at the grip and continued the pattern on the butt. SCOPE: The 2.5x Lyman Alaskan has a crosshair reticle and rides in Unertl mounts. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.6 pounds. Overall length is 31.5 inches. The barrel is 16-inches long and the length-of-pull is 11.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine. Metal finish is about 97 percent, with slight thinning to the barrel blue and several light scratches on the action. Wood finish and condition are both pristine. Optics are clear and appear entirely sound.


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.


Elmer Keith Museum sponsorship recognition certificate number one, presented to Guns & Ammo Magazine, 1984, estate of Tom Siatos

Elmer Keith Museum sponsorship certificate presented to Guns & Ammo Magazine from the estate of Tom Siatos. In recognition of support at the “Major Contributor” level, certificate number C00001 was presented on August 1, 1984. It remains in excellent condition. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again.


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.


Parker VHE .410, scalloped 000 frame, 26-inch, 13.85 LOP, 1937

Parker VHE .410 in unaltered condition. Made in 1937, serial number 238187 features 26-inch barrels choked M/M, 3-inch chambers, 000 scalloped frame and semi-pistol grip stock. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 5.7 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.85 inches. CONDITION: Bores sparkle and are full on face. Top lever closes well right. Barrel blue is about 90 percent, receiver colors about 50 percent with some browning and wood is at least 90 percent. All original specifics presented in a letter from the Parker Gun Collectors Association align.


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.


Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum, 1961, 10-inch barrel with eight lands/grooves, Flattop, three screw

Exceptionally rare Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum with 10-inch eight land/groove barrel. Made in 1961, serial 37166 features the Flattop frame with three screws, the “Micro” adjustable sight and varnished walnut grips. CONDITION: The bore is very good, with what appears to be minor lead deposits. The action is tight. Metal finish is about 90 percent overall, with modest thinning at the predictable places. For whatever reason, the finish on the female threads at the upper rear of the grip frame (either side of the hammer base) is missing, and a very small accumulation of extra finish is present in the same area. Grips are about 85 percent, with light impressions and scratching. No box or papers.


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.


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. The forend has two chips on left side and the stock has a modest hairline at the hammer. All the screw slots are sharp.


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.


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.


Johann Springer round action underlever stalking rifle in 8.2x50R, engraved, set triggers, ammunition

Johann Springer round action 8.2x50R single shot stalking rifle. Serial 1519 takes form as a light and lively side-opening underlever with a host of great features. The 25-inch barrel wears a solid matted rib with bladed ramp front sight, folding leaf rear sight and base for an optic at the breech. The side-opening underlever action has a rising aperture sight, double set triggers, hammer lock and elongated tangs. The forend latch releases to the side and the butt features a grip cap, pancake cheekpiece, toe line oval (silver, with crown over initials “ES”) and a steel butt plate with widow’s peak and hidden pocket housing an extra firing pin and spring (both present). ENGRAVING: A well-executed delicate scroll adorns the receiver, forend latch, tangs, guard, underlever and grip cap to approximately 50 percent coverage. The buttplate hosts a continuance of coverage, but to a lesser degree. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.5 pounds with optic. Length of pull is 14.0 inches. OPTIC: The Weaver J 2.5x which remains clear and viable, even thought it has lost its seal and shows interior filming. CONDITION: Bore shows uniform wear and softening, with minimal roughness. (Examination and live-fire testing by a professional gunsmith shows it remains viable.) Barrel is tight on face. Hammer and its attaching screw appears to be repaired or replaced. Triggers, hammer, extractor and levers operate properly. A previous owner has lightly “engraved” his identification number on the watertable. The barrel-mounted sling loop has been discarded, the attaching point filled with a silver oval. Barrel rust blue is about 70 percent. Action colors have generally silvered, with tracings to about 15 percent. Markings and engraving remain sharp. Wood shows at about 50 percent overall, with a generous assortment of dents, impressions and scratches under and through a thinning finish. MARKINGS: Serial appears on forend hook (mount), forend lever and underlever. “1890”, “98” and “8.2” appear on the barrel flat. “1961” appears in small characters stamped on the toe line. AMMUNITION: Hirtenberger 8.2x50R 196-grain (63 rounds, 17 empty) plus 18 rounds and two empty (plain box), along with RCBS dies are included and will ship separately.


United States Patent Firearms custom SAA .45 Colt, reproduction of Kurt Russell’s “Wyatt Earp” Tombstone pistol, engraved and tuned by John Ennis, Johnson leather, former display at National Firearms Museum

United States Patent Firearms custom SAA .45 Colt. A faithful reproduction of the pistol Kurt Russell’s “Wyatt Earp” character used in Tombstone, serial 010371 was displayed in the National Firearms Museum in the early 2000s as part of the “Real Guns of Reel Heroes” exhibit. Important features include a 10-inch barrel, color case frame and walnut grips. The action has been tuned and highly refined by John Ennis. GRIP SHIELD: After inlaying the shield in gold, Ennis (who engraved the shield for the movie gun, that one actually brass) engraved a duplicate “To Wyatt Earp – Peacemaker – From the Grateful People of Dodge City, Apr. 8th, 1878”. LEATHER: Jake Johnson of Temecula, California, was commissioned to fashion as exact a copy of Russell’s belt rig as possible. He delivered a masterwork. The burgandy holster and belt (with hole spacing from 39-44 inches) is a perfect compliment. CONDITION: Both pistol and leather retain about 99 percent of their original condition. INCLUSION: An copy of the museum display catalog and personalized history letter from the original owner will be forwarded to the purchaser.


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.


Weatherby Mark V Accumark 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum, featured in American Rifleman, confirmed sub-MOA, Leupold, LXX, Thompson Long Range reticle

Weatherby Mark V Accumark 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum. Featured in the November, 2016 issue of American Rifleman, serial number PM000062 has a hand-lapped 26-inch (without brake) stainless steel fluted barrel with thread protector cap, removable muzzle brake, wide blackened flutes, Leupold mounts, LXX trigger, synthetic stock and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. It should also be noted this is an early example of the recently “redesigned” Mark V, with a slimmed stock profile. ACCURACY TESTING: Factory testing shows sub-MOA with 127-grain Barnes LRX bullets. Magazine testing also reports sub-MOA with the same bullet and 1.5-MOA with 130-grain Swift Scirocco bullets. OPTIC: The Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x40mm Long Range has been modified with Thompsons Long Range reticle. It also has a side focus and added external level. MEDIA APPEARANCE: This Weatherby is the subject of a feature article in the November, 2016 issue of American Rifleman, beginning on page 66. A copy of the magazine is included. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is about 99 percent. INCLUSIONS: Upon request, the consignor will provide a personalized letter stating this rifle is the one showcased in the magazine article. The muzzle brake, factory manual and accuracy testing report dated 4/16 are also included.


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.


Wildey Survivor .475 Wildey Magnum, 10-inch barrel, two front sight blades, box, New Milford, 98% condition

Wildey Survivor .475 Wildey with 10-inch barrel. Made in New Milford, serial number 2472 features smooth grips, adjustable rear sight, both orange and black interchangeable front sights and includes the original box (unmarked end). Overall condition is about 98%, with a hint of tarnishing and light evidence of handling and firing. The bore is pristine. One original magazine is included.


Winchester 1894 with mis-marked serial (extra numeral), 9841157, .30 WCF, saddle ring carbine, nickel steel

Winchester Model 1894 .30 WCF with original serial number 9841157. While the presence of an extra numeral in the serial sequence dramatically shades all other features of this saddle ring carbine, it also has a 20-inch round nickel steel barrel with full-length magazine and shotgun butt plate. CONDITION: The bore is bright, with strong rifling and only the slightest hint of roughness. Metal finish is about 40 percent over the barrel and magazine tube, with uniform thinning and scatterings of light scales. The action has entirely silvered and has some tarnishing, and the saddle ring has been removed with the stud ground flush.


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.


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 fleurs and finished with an ebony forend tip. Additional features include a jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, two-panel checkered bolt knob, recontoured and checkered bolt release and a 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 O’Connor’s 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.


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.


Jack O’Connor’s Colt National Match Mid-Range .38 Special, factory letter confirms direct shipment, 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 famed 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 handy with a shotgun. He even went so far as to order 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 the Colt very much and sold it Kaufman in the mid-1970s. Henry eventually let someone talk him out of the pistol, and in turn was purchased by the current owner in 1994. It is supported by a Colt factory letter confirming direct shipment to O’Connor on March 26, 1965. As such, it is a legitimate piece of shooting history.

CONDITION: Serial number 4874-MR includes the original magazine, Elliason adjustable rear sight, flat mainspring housing and remains in at least 99 percent overall condition. Only light indications of handling and range wear are present.

DOCUMENTATION: A Colt factory letter provides ironclad proof of original ownership. 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. The photo is attached to a signed letter dated July 3, 1992, from Henry Kaufman to Bob Cunningham (the second purchaser) discussing the pistol and its sale. In turn, Cunningham added notes to this letter on January 29, 1994, when he acknowledged the sale to the present owner. Finally, a letter from Kaufman, dated “July 3”, supports Kaufman’s primary document in casual form. All documents, including a photocopy of the February 1966 issue of Outdoor Life are included. Additionally, the present owner will prepare a personalized letter to the purchaser detailing the pistol’s history upon request.

INCLUSIONS: One additional aftermarket magazine. No box or papers.


Seecamp Restricted Edition .25 ACP & .32 ACP, identical serial numbers, one of 200 sets produced, strong condition

Seecamp Restricted Edition of .25 ACP and .32 ACP pistols, both with serial number DBC309. One of approximately 200 sets produced before BAFTE indicated same-number serialization was not appropriate, these nearly identical double action only pistols each have a 2-inch barrel, magazine safety disconnect and stainless steel construction. As is appropriate, the .25 ACP has a bit more of a matte finish than the .32 ACP. Both have new factory magazines. CONDITION: Both bores are strong and bright. Metal finish of the .25 ACP is approximately 80 percent while that of the .32 ACP is closer to 85 percent. Grip panels have no evidence of cracks or chipping.


Smith & Wesson Model 60 .38 Special pair, consecutive serial numbers, factory Class A engraving, unfired, boxes

Smith & Wesson Model 60 .38 Special revolvers with consecutive serial numbers and factory Class A engraving. Serials R25251 and R25252 are identical in every respect. INCLUSIONS: Boxes with correct end labels, tools, manuals, warranty cards (blank) and waxed paper. CONDITION: Both appear to be unfired since leaving the factory in the late 1960s. Only the faintest turn lines betray careful handling.