Section 1 Firearms
The gun that really “won the West” was the famous Trapdoor Springfield the US Army’s first breech loading metallic cartridge rifle.
The invention of the “trapdoor” breech loading mechanism was credited to Erskin S Allin, Master Armourer of the Springfield Armoury. Originally developed as a cheap way of converting muzzle loading rifled muskets to breech loading originally in .58” calibre in the Model 1865, this was quickly followed by the Model 1866 conversion where the barrels were relined to .50” calibre to accept the newly designed .50-70 government ammunition. This rifles receiver and barrel were eventually produced from new but still using existing locks and stocks in the Model 1868. The final model to be chambered in 50-70 was the Model 1870 .
In 1873 the rifle was changed to the famous .45-70 calibre along with lock improvements and an improved rear sight. The rifle was continued to be improved over the years with the Buffington rear sight, beloved by target shooters and hated by troops, being perfected ‘till 1885. Production of the Trapdoor ceased in 1893 but the rifle was refurbished and re-issued soldiering on into the early 20th century.
This is a very nice original example of the type complete with the excellent Buffington rear sight with its offset “ladder” to take account of the bullets drift over distance.
The bluing and woodwork are in very good condition for its age with good bluing and a fine bore. The 45-70 cartridge is still a popular round and data and components for it are readily available. A sling eyelet has been fitted in the past to stock R/H side just behind the middle barrel band probably as a sling aid in target shooting.
This is a chance to own a classic piece of US western history at a reasonable price.
Based on John Moses Browning model 92 action that he developed for Winchester Rossi’s rendition is a fine and well respected underlever.
Rossi has developed a good reputation for its fine solid 92s at an affordable price.
This rifle is in very good, clean, condition with attractive dark oiled finish woodwork and deep, even bluing. It functions solidly and shoots extremely well.
The .44 magnum cartridge is readily avail as factory ammunition but with hand loading cheap and accurate ammunition can be made for this rifle at a fraction of the cost of factory, the .44 magnum is one of the easiest cartridges to reload for and components are readily available.
A nice shooting example of this classic Lee Enfield built by the London Small arms Co. This is a private purchase gun with no military markings and has no doubt been set up to the owners specification no doubt for target shooting. The Metford rifled barrel was till favoured for accuracy by some target shooter well after the introduction of the Enfield rifled Long Lees by the military. Th rifle has the older action without the charger loading bridge, it has the cocking piece mounted safety and bolt shroud, magazine cut off and volley sights. The rear sight notch is windage adjustable, the previous owner has non permanently fixed it Loctite which can be easily freed for adjustment of necessary.The barrel has a very good clean bore and like all Metford rifled .303s it shoots best with plain based bullets
The wood has lovely deep finish with some marks of honest use adding to the nice overall patina of the rifle.
The rifle is in very good overall condition with wear commensurate with its age and status as a civilian rifle, no broad arrow marks. With the the bluing deep and even overall.
This is an excellent shooting example of its type and fine examples as this are getting scarcer and scarcer to obtain.
Commonly known as the Arctic Predator of Swedish Mauser rifle the M41 was the pinnacle of the rifles development in Swedish service and deemed one of the finest bolt action sniper rifles of its time.
The M41/B was the final post war development of the type incorporating all the lessons learned over years of practical use. The main changes were the return to the AJACK 4×90 Scope which had a B stamped beside the scopes serial number and was retro fitted with improved multi coated lenses.
The scope base was simplified in manufacture and finish with a set screw fitted to the front of the mount which when properly adjusted allowed for a tight friction fit of the scope on the dovetail but prevented the scope moving forward under recoil and jamming tight on the rail.
These rifles were finally withdrawn from service in 1991.
This is a nice all original example of the M41/B with matching numbers except on the floor plate and all correct fittings. The rifle is a Carl Gustavs dated 1910 in very good overall condition the blueing is sound with wear commensurate with its service. The french walnut stock is dark (probably due to the ageing of the linseed oil finish) with nice figuring on the wrist and some tiger striping on the but. The barrel is sound with strong rifling and has been an excellent shooter for its previous owner.
It is complete with the correct SM sikte F-ram m/55 micrometer rear sight and the stamped steel sight cover fitted to the muzzle.
A very nice honest example of this legendary sniper rifle which do not become available often as most owners regard then as keepers.
The rifle also comes with original scope can, reproduction scope covers, bayonet and scabbard and set of Forster 6.5 x 55 Swedish bench rest die set.
An honest clean example of the Swiss armies last general issue model bolt action rifle, the rifle was adopted for service in 1932 with production running from 1933 through to 1958 with some rifles remaining in service until the 1970s.
The rifle had forward locking lugs on the bolt engaging with the receiver making for a stronger action than its predecessors, the barrel was also free floating making it cheaper to manufacture than the model 1911 which it replaced.
These rifles are noted for their accuracy and are very popular for military rifle competitions. Factory ammunition is readily available for this calibre.
This rifle is of 1936 manufacture, all matching, in very good overall condition, the woodwork has wear comemensurate with the age and a rifle that has been carried a lot, it has a bright bore and strong rifling and comes complete with sling. It also has the owner’s identification paper under the butt plate.
This is a very nice example of Enfield’s development of Whitworths hexagonal bored rifle. It was developed to give the military a small bore rifled musket to replace the P53, in trials the Whitworth hexagonal bored rifle was marginally superior to the Enfield five groove round bored rifle. For reason that are not entirely clear the rifle was not adopted as a military issue arm but did go on to enjoy a celebrated career as a target rifle being the firearm of choice of the very competitive volunteer movement of the time which coincided with the evolution of the hayday of civilian target rifle shooting both, nationally and internationally, the creation of the NRA and its first national meetings on Wimbledon common.
These Parker Hale reproductions are much sought after and have become collectable now in there own right.
This one is a three band example, there also being a shorter two band volunteer. The bluing and wood work are all in excellent condition and it comes with a platinum lined nipple.
These guns can be used at all ranges out to 600 yrds and beyond, loaded with a round ball and a pinch of powder they can also be used for indoor practice on smaller indoor ranges, being almost soundless and smokeless.
The Schmidt Rubin series of rifles was first adopted in 1889 in the Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889. This was the culmination of the bringing together of the work of Eduard Rubin and Rudolph Schmidt.
Since 1882 Rubin had been developing the first small calibre, high velocity, copper jacketed bullet. Rubin’s round was combined with Schmidt’s straight pull bolt action design in 1885. After three years of design and development work these two elements were refined into the 1889 Infantry Rifle which fired a 213 grain paper patched bullet at a velocity of 1935 fps.
As early as 1903 there were discussion about the adoption increased velocity cartridges. It had been determined that there were severe ballistic shortcomings to the 89/96 action /GP90 cartridge combination.
By around 1907, the Swiss knew the old GP90 cartridge was inferior to those of their neighbors and they began testing a new round for which1908 series rifle was built. As a consequence of this work the GP11 cartridge was adopted. It was determined that the 89/96 Infantry Rifle could easily be converted to handle the new cartridge by re-barreling.
As well as the 1896/11 conversions, in 1913, the Model 1911 was formally adopted. These rifles, along with those converted to the new pattern, used the new GP11 round firing a 175 grain round at 2640 fps.
The 1911 possessed all the improvements effected in the 1896/11 rifle and in 1914 manufacture of the carbine version K1911 was started and ran through ’till 1933 with a total of 212,100 K1911 rifles being produced. This rifle being made in 1922.
This particular rifle is all matching, in very good condition with and excellent bore. The blueing is strong and deep and the woodwork is in very good condition for its age.
Quality surplus GP11 and current factory ammunition is still available and these rifles shoot extremely accurately out to 800 yrds with this or handloaded ammunition.
A very nice 1949 made model EG of the classic Savage under lever rifle.
The 1899 was a popular sporting rifle and was developed from its predecessor the model 1895 which was first hammerless lever action gun ever produced.
The rifle is fitted with and internal rotary magazine that holds 5 cartridges that helps the rifle balance well in the hand, it also allows the use of pointed bullets. The internal magazine design makes for a stronger action which meant that the 1899 was ideally suited to handling high pressure cartridges. During it’s almost 100 years in production the 1899 was chambered for over 14 different cartridges including the 308 Winchester with over 1 million rifles being produced.
This rifle is chambered in the .300 Savage calibre. This fine 30 calibre round was introduced in 1920 specifically for the Savage 1899. A popular sporting cartridge in the USA it was the parent round to the 7.62 NATO which is an “improved” 300 Savage. This round almost reaches 7.62 NATO ballistics being only 100 fps slower.
The rifle is in very good overall condition with a good barrel being bright and having strong rifling, the woodwork being nicely figured. It is fitted with Weaver scope blocks, buckhorn rear sight and blade and bead foresight. There is professional pinning and dowelling to the wrist, there is no visible crack that this work relates to and was done sometimes to prevent wrist cracking due to over tightening of the tang screw. The wrist on this rifle is now stronger than when it left the factory.
Dies and cases are available for purchase with this rifle.
In my youth as a stalker on the hill these guns were estate issue firearms for all red deer shooting, in those days rifle mounted glass for stalkers was frowned upon. The head keeper would say “you are stalkers not bloody target shooters, if you cannot get in close enough to see separate hairs on a deer then you shouldn’t be on my hill. All our shots were taken at under 150 yrds over open sights, thousands of hinds were taken over the seasons with these, all being one shot kills, wounded beasts were never tolerated and could cost you your job. So you made sure that you always got in close enough to be certain. This maxim still holds true today.
I still use one of these rifles as my main red deer rifle albeit now mounted with an Ajack 2x scope mainly for its light gathering qualities.
This gun is a nice clean example with good looking woodwork and even bluing, the Monte Carlo stock, contrasting wood fore end tip and white spacers make for a handsome rifle.
The rifling is strong and has it shoots well, it has a Parker Hale scope mount and rings and carries a Hawke 3-9x scope.
These guns have to be some of the best shooting bargains out there, with the Parker Hale sporter barrels having a reputation for more than hunting accuracy, they make fine range and/or stalking rifles that will give much pleasure for very little money.
A classic piece of British firearms history for only.
Classic German sporting rifle based on the Mauser 98 action by Voere.
This rifle is in very good overall condition with finely figured wood work, set triggers and a quick detachable, claw mounted, 6×42 Eco scope. It is clear and bright with a post reticule. The bore is bright with strong rifling.
The 7 x 64 “Brenneke” round was introduced in 1917 and was a major success with the larger case giving at least 10% extra velocity over the 7 x 57 cartridge. The 7 x 64 is still a very popular round in Europe and is more than sufficient for all British game.
Dies, cases and ammunition are all available to be purchased with this rifle.
Vickers came late into the miniature rifle game in the 1920s going head to head with companies like BSA and W.W.Greener in supplying the small bore target rifle shooters of the day lead by the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs. They had a relatively short production span from the early 1920s up to 1939 and the start of the Second World War.
The Vickers rifles had one fundamental difference to the opposition the barrel and action came as one piece and seems to have be a successful approach to miniature rifle making as it held its own with the competition in winning medals and cups.
This is an interesting rifle with the barrel, action and sights being a standard model “special” target rifle with a sleeved barrel.
The rifle has been fitted into what appears to be a “one off” bespoke thumbhole stock. The stock is well executed with a complex convex cheek rest complete with hand stop, accessory rail and foresignt element holder. The stock it is well finished with a black bakelite buttpat and white spacer.
The rifle is in very good condition for its age with the stock having the odd mark and a small cip from the fore end.
This is a classic British Martini actioned target rifle from the heydays of British miniature/smallbore target shooting. The bespoke stock fittings goes to show the care and investment the previous owners lavished on these cherished rifles so as to get the maximium performance from them.
A very nice second hand example of a classic Tikka sporting rifle in the extremely popular and effectice .308” Winchester calibre.
This rifle is in very good overall condition with some wear marks to the wood around the fore end sling swivel where a bipod has been fitted in the past.
The bore is in very good condition with little evident wear, the bolt is smooth and tight in operation and the rifle is fitted with a Bushnell 3-9 x 40 scope.
These are sought after rifles being of better build that the newer Tikka models
Classic Lee Enfield No 4 action Target Rifle built and regulated by Fultons of Bisley.
In 1968 Service Rifle (b) was replaced with the Target Rifle Class ending the NRA’s long association with the service rifle of the day which had been the rifle used for target shooting up until that point.
The new Target Rifle allowed the use of any bolt action rifles not necessarily of the service rifle design so long as they were available in quantity, did not exceed 11 1/2 lbs in weight, trigger pull must not be lighter than 4lbs and be chambered for the 7.62 mm NATO cartridge.
This change opened up a plethora of opportunities for the development of target rifles based around the 7.62 mm NATO cartridge.
This formative period produced many types of 7.62 target rifles based on existing actions including the ubiquitous No4 which many Target Rifle shooters had use befor the change so re-barrelling and converting the actions to take the new cartridge was attractive to many shooters.
This rifle is one of those conversions built by Fultons. Based on a Fazakerly No4 Mk2 action, proofed to 20 tons. With a hammer forged barrel and No 8 forend woodwork and Parker Hale sporting butt it has the classic lines of the period similar to the Envoy, L39 and Enforcer rifles.
It comes with a fully functioning Sterling magazine, extended safety, Alfred Parker “Match Maker” tunnel foresight and AJ Parker Twin Zero aperture rear sight.
The rifle is in very good overall condition with a bright bore and sharp rifling.
A classic piece of UK Target Rifle history for the collector, Transitional rifle shooter or someone looking for a good 7.62 for range use.
Classic Parker Hale sporting rifle base on the timeless Mauser G98 action. The 1200C Superclip is one of the rarest versions of these fine sporting rifles having a detachable 10 round magazine.
This rifle is in very good overall condition for its age. the wood is dark and finely figured and the bluing is deep with some wear marks on the barrel, nothing that some cold blue won’t sort. It comes complete with an excellent Bushnell 3-9 scope and is complete with the original rear sight as well.
The barrel is bright with strong rifling and it appears to have seen little use.
These AK copies by GSG are first rate rifles and are taking Mini Rifle stages by storm. More fun than you can shake a stick at; these rifles are perfect for serious action competitions, bunny bashing or just fun shooting.
GSG have an excellent reputation as gun makers and their AK copy has been approved by Mr Kalashikov himself.
The package consists of a GSG AK47 with wooden furniture, extra magazine, scope rail and Hawke 30 mm Red Dot scope for the all in price of £425.
The rifle and accessoties are in excellent condition and have seen little use.
A real bargain.
A nice stainless steel Ruger 10/22 rifle with a ruger synthetic stock. The rifle come with a butler Creek 25 round magazine, moderator (for which a separate FAC slot will be required) all topped off by a TASCO 6-24×40 scope.
The rifle is in very good condition complete with original iron sights, there are some marking to the moderator and scope but only cosmetic.
A nice package for bunnies or the range.
High quality Uberti reproduction of Colts famous Army model. Colts first large calibre belt gun the 1860 became possible by the introduction of high quality steel due to the development of the Bessemer process. A very handy revolver with wand like pointing quality it was the most popular of revolvers during the American civil war and continued to be so until the introduction of cartridge revolvers.
This revolver is in very good overall condition with good internals and finish.
Remingtons cap and ball belt pistol differs primarily from the ubiqutous Colts by having a top strap to reciever. A popular revolver with the military it took its place alongside the colt as a poular revolver in the war between the states and as personal guns of choice for civilians.
This gun is in full working order and is the stainless steel version for those who like their firearms “shiney”.
A very nice match rifle designed to be shot from the recumbent/back position. Built around a Hemberg Mannlicher action it is converted to single shot with a loading plug fitted to the magazine well.
Match rifle shooting is the epitome of the long range target rifle disciplines and the back position is still favoured by some shooters as the steadiest position. I have even seen stalkers on the hill using the back position to take deer.
The rifle is fully set up with “The Cornish Match Rear Rifle Sight” and a large shaded globe foresight to allow good visibilty of the wind flags from the sight picture.
The rifle is still in very good condition with wear commensurate with its age and was competing up until a couple of years ago when its previous owner retired from match shooting.
An interesting and accurate rifle the shooting of which takes one back to the golden age of UK rifle shooting.
A very nice example of Uberti’s Remington 1858 “Improved” Navy .36 calibre muzzle loading black powder revolver. The Navy was Remingtons .36 calibre version of its 1858 revolver going head to head with Colt.
This revolver is in very good to excellent condition having seen little use and being well cared for, the action and lock up are vault like with a fine smooth target trigger. Barrel is smooth and bright with sharp rifling.
The grips have been chequered by the previous owner adding to the revolvers good looks.
The revolver come with two Lee moulds 375-130-R conical and 380 RB round ball.
These interesting sporting rifle were made by Musgrave of South Africa to utilise the plethora of Enfield No1 Actions that were available at that time.
This rifle is in very good overall condition and has a no gunsmithing scope rail fitted. The bore is very good with a tight chamber.
This is a classic example of the many Enfield derivatives that have been developed over the years and still will give good service for the sporting role it was designed for.
6mm Musgrave cases are easily made from .303” British cases
This rifle comes with a set of 6mm Musgrave dies
I am indebted to Daan Els in South Africa via his brother in law James Wilson for the information below (in italics) that he gave in response to my questions. Daan worked for Musgrave at the time these rifles were being made so a primary source of information on this rifle.
1.The Lee Enfield cal.303 conversions were born out of the many rifles made available to reserve forces, military personnel and police force. You could buy an ex army / police rifle for about R100 which at the time, also included 100 rounds.
2. More than 90% were issued with either badly pitted barrels or worn out barrels.
3. The barrels were all 3 groove barrels.
4. Some, or most of these rifles were still grease wrapped, however, mother nature played it’s part.
5. Due to the demand from the public to put these useless rifles back into action, Bennie Musgrave and Trevor Musgrave decided to convert them to an acceptable hunting and sporting rifle.
6. The bolt face design obviously was for a rimmed cartridge and the conversion subsequently was designed around the existing cartridge.
7. We removed the old barrel, fitted a new .243 barrel, cut the slot on the side of the chamber to accommodate the claw extractor & chamber with the 6mm / 303 chamber, which was a .303 configuration cartridge with a neck to accommodate the 6mm bullet.
8. Ballistics were same as 243 Win, however with lower chamber pressure due to cartridge design.
9. It was a lightweight 24″ barrel with, 15mm at muzzle and no sights, some customers demands sights for cosmetic reasons.
10. The fore-end were slimmed down to look like a modern hunting rifle.
11. The butt was new in Monte Carlo style, either left or right cheek piece fitted with a ventilated or solid recoil pad from Pachmayer. Belt swivels were fitted, front and rear and the wood was finished in French polish style. The front end were glass bedded.
12. We kept the bolt action standard, however, the magazine the magazine guiding lips were slightly modified to guide the now smaller bullet.
13. The rear sights were removed, the original mountings were milled down and we manufactured a pillar that was fitted to the side of the bolt action, just before the bolt ring, to support the telescope fitting base, which was a flat piece of tool steel, dove tailed on both sides and run from the rear to the front of the bolt action, approx 100mm long. We cut grooves in the telescope base to accommodate the STD Williams rings.
14. Stock checkering were very fine hand cut on front and pistol grip.
15. Wood for butt was mainly walnut of a very low grade.
16. All metal parts were “blued” in acid baths.
17. Musgrave manufactured the barrel, rear butt, telescope mounts, etc.
18. The butt was machined on a Zuckermann CNC machine, while the barrels were button type, like all Musgrave barrels. The button machines and buttons were manufactured in-house.
19. The 6mm project were handled by the Musgrave custom rifle devision and we convert about 50 / month.
20. About 90% of all conversions were customer requests and never formed part of a dedicated product process.
21. The number sequence were issued by the South African Police, including the cal, 6mm Mus.
22. They were very popular, although, the conversion were on par with the price of a new Musgrave, Brno, type rifle. The fact that about 100% of this conversion were handmade, push the price to the level of new rifles.
There was a lot of sentimental value to these rifles due to the history of South Africa.
The Musgrave factory had 120 employees and all hunting rifles were hand fitted, checkered & every rifle was tested for accuracy over 25m with a grouping of 5 shots within 10mm. Needless to say, the 6mm were very accurate achieving a “clover leaf” grouping over 100m.
A fine, example of the classic Savage take down under lever rifle.
The 1899 was a popular sporting rifle and was developed from its predecessor the model 1895 which was first hammerless lever action gun ever produced. The rifle is fitted with and internal rotary magazine that holds 5 cartridges that helps the rifle balance well in the hand, it also allows the use of pointed bullets. The internal magazine design makes for a stronger action which meant that the 1899 was ideally suited to handling high pressure cartridges.
During it’s almost 100 years in production the 1899 was chambered for over 14 different cartridges including the 308 Winchester with over 1 million rifles being produced.
This rifle is chambered in the .22 Savage Hi Power cartridge a legend in it its own right. When it was introduced in 1912 the cartridge was a high velocity game round sending a 70 grain bullet at 2,800 fps with muzzle energy of 1,190 foot-pounds, hot stuff for 1912. The cartridge also found favour in Europe where it was designated the 5.56 x 52R and is still popular today with S&B and Norma producing ammunition.
The rifle is in very good overall condition with a good barrel having little visible wear, it has the standard open rear sight and blade foresight and is also fitted with Weaver flip over scope rings and mounts that moves the scope out of the line of the rifle for easy loading of the magazine (the scope is not included in the sale of the rifle and is only mounted for illustrative purpose). A set RCBS dies and S&B cases are included with the rifle. This fine rifle is a pleasure to own and a joy to shoot and handload for being a real bargain at only.
A very nice reproduction of Remington’s famous revolving carbine in .44” calibre.
This black powder muzzle loading version is in very good condition with good deep blueing overall with very little wear. The chambers are clean and pit free with the barrel being bright with sharp grooves and lands. It functions as it should with the lock up and timing being tight and smooth,
The long sight radius gives greater accuracy and and can be used accurately beyond 100yrds if used with conicals.
A real bargain in this condition.
The Mortimer rifle was the pinnacle of flintlock rifle design incorporating weather proof ignition pan, roller bearing mounted frizzen and a lock safety.
Pedersoli’s Mortimer is one of their top of the line models having excellent quality fit, finish and materials as well being a faithfull reproduction of the originals both internally and externally.
This particular rifle is in very good condition with some gentle wear that adds to the patina of the rifle. Being the “target” version it comes with a contemporary to the period aperture rear sight, adjustable for windage and elevation, this is matched with a globe fore sight to enable the shooter to make the most of this guns inherent accuracy.
It has nice dark wood work with a plum brown finish to the metal and a striking colour case hardened lock, the barrel is half round/half octagonal with bore in excellent condition. Being of the heavier calibre “.54” and carefully loaded with a matched ball and patch it will shoot well out to 200yrds.
These firearms are currently retailing new at £1,600 so this is a real bargain at £825.
The model K31 was the Swiss armies last general issue model bolt action rifle, the rifle was adopted for service in 1932 with production running from 1933 through to 1958 with some rifles remaining in service until the 1970s.
The rifle had forward locking lugs on the bolt engaging with the receiver making for a stronger action than its predecessors, the barrel was also free floating making it more accurate that its predecessors and cheaper to manufacture than the model 1911 which it replaced.
These rifles are noted for their accuracy and are very popular for military rifle competitions.
This rifle is in very good overall condition, with a bright bore and strong rifling. The rifle has been set up for scoped range shooting with a NcStar 3×20 scope and is without the original rear sight and has a target tunnel fore sight fitted, bolt and barrel are matched.
A fine range gun for those who want the legendary accuracy of the K31 but struggle with the issue iron sights.