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If ever there was an American classic, this is it. This rifle brought $7,475. Photo courtesy Rock Island Auction
The Latest From Rock Island
Rock Island holds three premier auctions every year. These are the sales where you see Wild…
This Stevens Model 47 Schützen rifle, in .25-20 Single Shot, was Wieland’s first impulse buy at Rock Island. It popped up on the big screen late on the last day, looked good, the bidding stalled, and Wieland took it home. He now has half a dozen more Stevens rifles of the same vintage, has written more than a dozen articles about them, and is pursuing yet another this week. Ah, well.
Rock Island Preview
This is the week of Rock Island’s second premier auction of the year, and I…
Blaser R8 fitted with a 6.5 PRC barrel and a Schmidt & Bender 2.5-10x40 Summit riflescope. About as good as a modern big-game rifle can get.
The Emperor’s New Cartridge
It has been my happy lot for the past week or two to put through…
Cutting off .66 inches from the .40-65 case became quick and exact using a proper drill press.
The Care and Feeding of Heidi
A couple of enquiries have arrived, requesting details on exactly how I manufactured ammunition for…
The Werndl action with its rotating breechblock closed. The quality of the materials and workmanship is obvious, and the action itself is ingenious.
A Heidi Report
In my first Sporting Note a couple of weeks ago about Heidi, the sweet little…
A Jagdstutzen built on one of the small Werndl actions, probably in the 1880s. The only name on it is Jos. Heinige of Vienna, most likely a high-end gun dealer.
Puzzles Upon Puzzles
It was the name “Werndl” that first grabbed my attention, attached to a very pretty…
Now fitted with a new Lee Shaver Soule-pattern tang sight and Hadley eyecup, the Stevens Model 49 Walnut Hill is ready for the range.
The Stevens Mystique
Everyone needs a purpose and, for many years, one of mine — a minor one,…
A top-quality rook rifle from Joseph Harkom, one of Edinburgh’s finest makers (later absorbed by Dickson’s). In all likelihood, it was made by W&C Scott to a design by Holland & Holland and (perhaps) finished at Harkom’s shop at 30 George Street. It’s chambered for the .300 Rook.
A “rook,” as in “rook & rabbit” rifle, is a black bird, found in England,…
The author in his element. The rifle is a Snider-Enfield.
Learning the Ropes
When I was but a boy, when dragons roamed the Earth amid smoky tendrils from…
The Starr carbine.
Every so often, it’s good to delve into the past and see how things used…
The raw material — an unbelievable Armenian walnut blank, cut many years ago, and a Dakota No. 10 action.
Wood Just Too Beautiful
The story begins in 2004, when I was possessed by a desire for a trim,…
The Bell Project
Two hunter-philosophers honor the rifle of a great elephant hunter. [by Peter Ryan & Roger…
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