HISTORIC GUNS & MILITARIA

OBSOLETE CALIBRE GUNS AND ROOK & RABBIT RIFLES

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Some of the guns advertised in this section (the ones with a category of S58) may be owned without a FAC or SGC provided they are held in accordance with Section 58(2) of the 1968 Firearms Act (as a curiosity or ornament) and not fired. If the intention is to fire them, they must be brought onto the appropriate certificate beforehand.

Stock No.

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Description

Category

Price

GBP

OC074

A very good English sidelever hammer rook & rabbit rifle in .380 LR rook cal. 27.5" reblued octagonal barrel with a very good bore (Henry rifling), bead foresight and rearsight of one standing and 1 folding leaf. Rounded action with good foliate engraving and retaining a good amount of original colour. Beautifully figured 14.25" semi pistol grip stock with very fresh chequering, steel pistol grip cap and butt plate. A very nice English rook rifle at a good price.

S58

No licence required

Sold

OC098






A very good English sidelever hammer rook & rabbit rifle in .380 LR rook cal. 25" browned octagonal barrel with a good bore, bead foresight and v notch rearsight. Engraved action with good foliate engraving and retaining a good amount of original colour. Stunningly figured 14" straight grip stock with very fresh chequering, steel butt plate. Another very nice English rook rifle at a good price.

S58

No licence required

850
OC107
Recently added


A highly unusual but collectable .310 cal 'Cattle Killer' by W W Greener. 8" barrel (very good bore), large brass base. Comes with it's original wooden mallet.

S58

No licence required

195
OC108
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A very rare 8mm Portuguese contract Castro Guedes system Steyr M1885 falling block rifle numbered 6704, dated 1886. 32" blued steel sighted barrel (good bore) retained by two barrel bands, the forward one incorporating a bayonet lug. Calibrated folding adjustable back sight on an octagonal breech. Blued action with manufactures details, model number and date of manufacture in circle on left hand side and the crowned monogram of King D. Luis 1 in a circle on the right.  Two piece hardwood stock (some bruising) with cartouche stamped on right. Original steel cleaning rod, steel butt-plate, white leather sling. Matching numbers througout.

The 8mm Guedes rifle was one of the last single shot rifles developed for a European power. It was a single shot, 8mm falling block rifle similar to the Peabody-Martini. 40,000 were ordered from Steyr of Austria by the Portuguese War Ministry in 1885. The rifles were obsolete before they were delivered and Portugal had already placed orders for the new M1886 Kropatschek repeating rifles (see OC106 above) before the Guedes were shipped. It is believed only 8000 of the Guedes were ever made. 2,700 of these were sold to the Transvaal Boers in the mid 1890's followed by 5000 more in 1897. A smaller number went to the Orange Free State.

No South Africa markings can be seen on this particular rifle so it could be one of the very few that were not exported. It is chambered for the 8 x 60R round which is also used by the Kropatscheck rifle above.

S58

No licence required

1500

 

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