Jack O’Connor’s personal .416 Rigby Magnum

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


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

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


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

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


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