Section 1 Firearms
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Remington 700 Police rifle S/H
Calibre: .308 Winchester
The Remington 700 Police is the classic long range rifle.
These rifles are finished to a far higher standard than the stock 700s using selected barrels with extra fitting and tolerance checks being more akin to a custom Remington than a production rifle. The rifle is fitted to an Kevlar and fibre glass, aluminium bedding block HS precision stock that will stay dimensionally stable in all conditions.
This particular rifle has been further worked upon by Roger Francis having the barrel’s face and crown checked and trued along with improved trigger work.
The rifle is in excellent condition with a low, just over 500, round count. It comes complete with a Harris bipod, it is fitted with a Sportec scope rail which mounts a US made Leupold VAR-X 111 3.5-10×40 long range scope. A bargain package of an almost new rig ready to shoot consistently small groups at all ranges, just add ammunition and your shooting skill.
Ruger Old Army Black Powder Pistol S/H
This pistol is an excellent example of one of the best made modern black powder revolvers. Ruger’s Old Army is legendary in black powder circles for its robust and fine construction, strength and accuracy. This pistol is in stainless steel and has seen very little use being very clean overall. It has adjustable for windage rear sights; ramp fore sight and the chamber has excellent lock up.
Ruger no longer makes the Old Army so these are now becoming very collectable so here is your chance to own one of these fine revolvers.
The pistol comes with its original case, 6 new Ruger replacement nipples, priming cap dispenser, original Ruger nipple key, plastic load phials x 19 (not shown in the photograph). Wooden range box felt lined with multiple compartments, strap and 20-60 spotting scope which fits to the box lid for spotting on the range. A nice package and a real bargain at this price.
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.
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.
The Mauser Karabiner (K) 98 was the main battle rifle of the German forces from 1935 through to the end of the second world war with some 11 millions being manufactured in several variants.
Chambered for the ubiquitous 8mm Mauser cartridge it gave the Axis forces excellent service during the second world war. Derived as a short rifle (Karabiner) from the Gewher (G) 98 long rifle of the first world war using the very strong bolt mechanism and high quality production especially in pre world war two rifles.
At the end of the second world war millions of Wehrmacht rifles were captured by Russian forces and in the post war uncertainty of Europe most were refurbished by the Soviets to help equip them and their satellite forces in the event of a further European conflict.
This particular rifle is a fine example of the type being originally an Brunn (Czechoslovakia) rifle made in 1944 with the barrel and receiver still matching and keeping its original stamps along with the Russian crossed rifles “X” stamp. The bolt is electro pencilled to the receiver serial as was the norm with Russian capture refurbs.
The rifle is in very good overall condition with an excellent bore that shoots very well and to point of aim with Prvi Partizan ammunition.
Interestingly the woodwork appears to be one of the rarer laminated stock types.
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.
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.