A fine J.M. Smets-engraved .416 (Rigby) sporting rifle by Auguste Francotte, no. 21881
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A fine J.M. Smets-engraved .416 (Rigby) sporting rifle by Auguste Francotte, no. 21881
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,353) inc. premium
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A fine J.M. Smets-engraved .416 (Rigby) sporting rifle by Auguste Francotte, no. 21881
Bolt-head safety, replacement bolt handle, the receiver with best foliate-scroll engraving and much hardening-colour, the hinged magazine-floorplate engraved en suite and with a gold-encrusted buffalo skull, the trigger-guard signed J.M. Smets, elongated top-strap, highly-figured stock with pistolgrip, engraved colour-hardened pistolgrip-cap with trap, cheek-piece and recoil-pad, engraved recoil-blocks, capped forestock, sling-swivels, the barrel, with Auguste Francotte À Liege - Cal.416R inlaid in gold, with block-mounted open-sights and ramp-mounted bead-foresight, the received mounted with a Zeiss 'Diavari-C' 1.5-4.5x18 telescope-sight in quickly-detachable pivot mounts
Weight 8lb. 12oz., 15in. pull (14in. stock), 23½in. barrel, recent London nitro reproof
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