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Dangerous-Game Rifles by Terry Wieland

By Terry Wieland

The recognition of rifles designed to take significant video game hasn't ever been better. Terry Wieland, a widely known firearms specialist, explores intimately the rifles and calibers which are drawing recognition. This moment version covers what has replaced within the box because the first variation was once published-new calibers, new cartridges, new weapons, new actions-and comprises new fabric on motion and barrel manufacture, tracing the construction of a superb, customized, big-bore rifle.

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On any given day, the gun quarter of Birmingham was alive with shop boys hurrying hither and yon, delivering parts, taking partly finished guns out for work, and bringing finished parts back. As mentioned, Westley Richards was located some distance from the gun quarter, and it operated more like a London firm, with most operations carried out in its own shop and its products made to order rather than mass produced. Under the circumstances, then, it is ironic that Westley Richards made the greatest single contribution to the mass production of side-by-side guns: In 1875, two of its employees, William Anson and John Deeley, patented their design for a “boxlock” action — a break-open side-by-side double without hammers that revolutionized the gun business.

475 No. 600 NE, among others. As well, Roberts makes bolt-action rifles built on original Mauser actions, the Czech Brno action, and recent-manufacture Mausers. In the 10 years since he acquired the name, Paul Roberts has made 100 new Jeffery guns — 80 bolt-action rifles and the rest either double rifles or shotguns. John Rigby & Co. John Rigby is one of the oldest gunmakers in the English-speaking world, with a long and distinguished history. It is a history that is about to become even more confusing than it already is because, as of July 31, 2009, there are two companies claiming the name John Rigby & Co.

With the camming feature that pulled barrels down into position, the Jones underlever afforded the shooter some extra leverage in seating slightly oversized cartridges or coping with powder fouling in the chamber. indd 16 10/5/09 4:26:32 PM The Rifle to 1898 The Anson & Deeley boxlock action—an inside view of the Westley Richards classic. Simple, strong, and eminently adaptable, when it was introduced in 1875 the A&D revolutionized gumaking in general and riflemaking in particular. Courtesy of Westley Richards William Anson and John Deeley, inventors of the Anson & Deeley boxlock action, separately and together invented several other features that have become standard.

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