What do you think of these insane double rifles?

Over the last few months, William Larkin Moore & Sons has posted some of the finest vintage double rifles I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a range of them, including these two droplock Westley Richards with a ton of killer original condition:

.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,
.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,

From the massive, like this side-by-side .577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903. An elephant stomper like this can generate 7,010 Ft-lbf of punch with a 750-gr bullet — KABoom! Compare that to a .30-06, which generates 2,981Ft-lbf of smack with a 220-gr bullet.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition

To the mid-size, like this WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition. With it’s lightweight, his double rifle would be perfect for deer hunting here in the States. And since it’s not a dangerous-game gun, the single trigger is just fine.

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3" BPE Cased
JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased

The collection WLM is selling also contains stuff like super rare SxS rifle: JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased. To date, Dickson has made around 2,000 Round Action guns. Of these, fifteen have been double rifles and two have been .577s. And the one you see here is in fantastic condition. Special? You bet.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

And this ‘friggin oddball OU. It’s a WW GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition. This rifle is just weird, and I can’t imagine why it was ever built. No one I know has seen another like it, and I bet it’s a one-off. On top of that, it looks new. So whoever ordered in back in 1886 never bothered to hunt with it. Maybe once they got it they realized how odd it was and decided they would take something else to Africa.

Boom! Hunting buffs with a .700 Nitro Express double rifle ….

Hunting Cape Buffalo with a SAFARI IMPERIAL 700 NE boxlock made by Verney-Carron
Hunting Cape Buffalo with a SAFARI IMPERIAL 700 NE boxlock made by Verney-Carron

Here’s a cool look at hunting Cape Buffalo with a SAFARI IMPERIAL .700 Nitro Express boxlock side-by-side double rifle made by the gunmaker Verney-Carron.

The 700 Nitro Express was created by Holland & Holland in 1988. It shoots a 1,000 gr (65 g) bullet at 2,000 ft/s (610 m/s) and with about 8,900 foot-pounds of muzzle energy . In an 18-pound rifle, this load pushes back with 160 ft·lbf —  10X more recoil than most .308s. Ouch.

Take a closer look at these extraordinary 4 gauge stopping rifles…

Here’s some more about the fabulous big-bore rifles coming up next week in James D. Julia’s Spring 2016 Firearms Auction. The info is a little off, but it’s amazing to see so many of these beasts together in one place.

INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.
INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com …

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun
F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308.  2 3/4″ chambers.  26″ chopper lump  bbls,  IC/Mod.  hand matted rib,  Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased).   Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI.     Stock dimensions are 14 1/8″  LOP to center of checkered butt from a single trigger.   1 1/4 ” – 2 1/4 ” drop at heel without cast.  6 1/4 lbs.  This beautiful R1 Rizzini was made for Ambercrombie and Fitch in 1974  ( letter from Rizzini )  both names lettered in gold on barrels.  Gun remains in  “as new”  condition.  The overall fit and finish  and handling qualities of this Rizzini indicates the degree of hand work that was performed on their “best” guns during this period.  A fantastic bird gun. Leather VC case with makers label. Price: $31,500

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
Here we have something special:  A totally original, untouched John Rigby in .470 Nitro Express. What makes this one unique is CHARACTER:  This thing has been CARRIED…  The black on the floor plate being worn away to silver, and the same for the barrel black around the quarter rib –  just where your hand would carry for many long hikes.   Look at the checkering – none missing, but many worn down flat from being carried…  This thing has LOTS AND LOTS OF MILES on it…
Yet look again at the underlying condition:   The bores are excellent – no pitting, no staining, no erosion whatsoever.   Barrels ring true.   Most of the screw heads being aligned and their slots clean and unbuggered…   What this tells me is that someone carried this for years, yet they took great care of it each and every night.   Try and find another with half as much “personality”!   Harder yet, try holding this rifle and NOT ask yourself “If only you could talk…”   I don’t think this can be done!!!

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

The specifics:  Serial number 17964, circa 1921-22.   Boxlock Ejector action with extension.   Disk set strikers.  Class C engraving.  Harvey lever forend as seen on many fine Henry and Rigby rifles.   26” barrels.  The barrel rib is marked “John Rigby & Co. 43.Sackville St. London.” The top of the left barrel is marked “Special . 470 Bore . Big Game Rifle” and the top of the right barrel is marked “For Special Cordite Cartridges & Bullet 500 Grs.” Excellent bores. 100 yard standing site with 200- and 300-yard folding leaves.  Sling swivels (missing forward loop). Stock is 14 3/8” LOP over 1/8” black spacer.  No cheek piece and minimal cast so would work great for a left hand shooter (I shoot left handed and this rifle shoulders very nicely for me). Silver escutcheon engraved “J. McK”.   Cased in canvas case with brass hardware, leather trim and leather straps. Outer lid of case is marked “H. G. INGLE. / KOLHAPUR, / INDIA.”. The canvas is stained and worn through in several spots. The leather strap on the right side has torn but the piece is retained. Interior of case includes Rigby Sackville Street trade label, a second Rigby label to caution against leaving the action cocked, and many original accessories including Rigby tool for removal of striker discs, turnscrew, leather muzzle cover, snap caps, striker pot with strikers, and the foresight hood. What this does need is a new recoil pad as the current pad is dried and hardened.  The front swivel is missing the loop for the sling (presumably to allow usage of leather muzzle cover by sliding leather thong strap through the front swivel post).  If you wanted, you could have the checkering refreshed and barrels reblacked but if you ask me, that’s like repainting a vintage Corvette that’s been discovered with its original paint…   I’d vote to keep it like it is – and be the envy of every PH in camp the next time you are in Africa! Price: $26,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE: #98XX 28″ 007 AND 014 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT UPGRADE WOOD TEST FIRED ONLY 6LBS 10 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $18,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: #146041. This Parker has one set of 26” barrels and one set of 32” barrels. Both sets have 2 3/4” chambers and single beads. The 26” set has what measures .004 right and .004 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7295 right and .7295 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some small spots of surface rust and have a single ivory bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. The 32” set has what measures .036 right and .036 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7285 right and .728 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some minor surface rust near the muzzle and have a single silver bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. There is only one forearm. The 2 frame retains 10% original color. The trigger guard retains no bluing and has some surface rust in spots. It has double triggers and ejectors. The pistol grip stock and forearm are original and are in very good condition. The length of pull is 14 1/4” to the front trigger over a skeleton buttplate that has no finish and surface rust on it. Drop at comb: 1 3/4″, Drop at heel: 2 3/4″, weight: 7.9 lbs with the 32” barrels. Price: $10,000

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN: 30″ BARRELS WITH NEAR PERFECT DAMASCUS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS 8LBS 1 OZ X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $7,500

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Here kitty, kitty…crazy lion hunting video…

OK, so this video barely qualifies as appropriate for this site: but there is a dog in it and it looks like both hunters are using double rifles.

South African Safari, Lion Hunting & Attack, 1955

LION V MAN aka LION ATTACKS MAN

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