Wow! Incredible condition on this Army & Navy 450BPE double rifle…

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

You don’t often you see a 100+-year-old double rifle in this kind of condition. Not only is it all original, but it also retains a ton of that original finish.

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

This gun was made by Webley & Scott for Army & Navy, a co-op that started in the 19th-century for military members. Army & Navy offered all kinds of firearms for its members, and Webley & Scott was one of the co-op’s biggest suppliers.

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

This rifle is chambered for .450 Black Powder Express (.450 3​14-inch BPE), one of the most popular rounds of the late 19th century. Many different types of rifles were chambered for .450 BPE and these guns were used for everything from deer stalking in Scotland to elephant hunting in Africa. The round was replaced by the more potent .450 Nitro Express in 1898 (BTW: go here to see how the .450NE compares to a .470NE).

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

Along with the gun’s original finish and overall finish, a few things about it caught my eye, from the engraving and the ribbon fences to the wide top strap, the long top lever, and the toe-and-heel plates. While this wasn’t a best-quality gun in its day, it was a very nice one.

Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle: 26″ Steel Barrels with a Dolls Head Rib Extension Third Bite, Full-Length Rib with 1 Standing & 1 Folding Platinum Lined Rear Sights, Bushed Strikers, Lever Release Forend, Steel Engraved Grip Cap, Shadowline Cheek Piece, Sling Eyes, Double Triggers, 14 1/2″ LOP to an Engraved Steel Butt Plate, Weight 8 lbs. 7 oz. All Original Rifle – Built on the Great Webley action. Sold in 1896 for 40 Pounds Sterling! Bores look day one new. Tight and Sound in Every Regard. Lots of handling marks from being around for 123 years. Price: $9995

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

Comparing double rifles by Holland & Holland & James Purdey…

A .303 side-by-side double rifle by James Purdey & Sons
A .303 side-by-side double rifle by James Purdey & Sons
Side-by-side double rifles by James Purdey &  Holland & Holland
Side-by-side double rifles by James Purdey & Holland & Holland
Side-by-side double rifle Holland & Holland
Side-by-side double rifle Holland & Holland
Side-by-side double rifles by James Purdey & Holland & Holland
Side-by-side double rifles by James Purdey & Holland & Holland
Extension on a James Purdey & Sons .303 Side by Side Double Rifle
Extension on a James Purdey & Sons .303 Side by Side Double Rifle
Holland & Holland case label, circa 1895
Holland & Holland case label, circa 1895
H&H ammo on left, .303 Purdey ammo on right
H&H ammo on left, .303 Purdey ammo on right
James Purdey & Sons case label, circa 1895
James Purdey & Sons case label, circa 1895

Last week I put up this post about shooting a James Purdey & Sons .303 double rifle. I had a lot of questions about that rifle, and I wanted to share some more pictures of it with you.

I also snapped some pics of a Holland & Holland double rifle that I saw the same day. The H&H was made for a larger cartridge. But because the cartridge was a black-powder load that generated lower pressures, H&H made this rifle much smaller and trimmer.

 

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