Chapuis African

www.chapuis-armes.com

Calibers: 375 H&H,  375 FL, 450/400 N.E., 416 Rigby, 470 NE

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Quelle: Fieldsport Channel 

The company started with action and Barrel making before being a complete Gun maker in St Bonnet le Château. (Near St Etienne in France) The family Chapuis has been involved in the gun industry since the early days of the 20 Century. Due to continuous improvement over the last 100 years, Chapuis became the gun maker as it is of today.

Eager to control from A to Z all the stages of the production chain, Chapuis has acquired over time the knowledge and the technical skills required to manufacture high quality firearms. They maintain this craftsmanship, in order to keep the highest quality level of gun making.

The African Double Rifle has an action with solid sidebars for strength and is double-scallopped for a firm wood-to-metal fit. The double trigger "Blitz"-type battery guarantees function at all conditions. A new deep-cut Royal-style engraving with an "al bulino" Cape buffalo trophy on the action gives no doubt about the field of work. To manage also the chamber pressure of large cartridges the rifle has double parallel locking underlugs.

The barrel length can varies from 600 mm (24 in.) to 650 mm (26 in.) which, is depending on the chambering. The same is valid for the weight which, can varies between 4,2 kg and 4,9 kg. A classic quarter-rib with express-style rear sight, one fixed blade and three folding blades allows classic open sight hunt. Nevertheless, the rifle is also prepared for scope bases installation.

The excellent AAA walnut pistol grip stock with an english-style cheekpiece and an old english buttpad shows a classic design which, is completed with a superb hand-rubbed oil finish. The high quality is also underlined with an extended trigger plate with bordered, engraved trigger bow and an engraved steel pistol grip cap. 

Daniel Fraser

1848 until 1901 in Edinburgh; Scotland

Around 1873 Daniel set up his own business in Edinburgh. Initially at Greenside Place, within a year he moved to Leith Walk where he remained until 1878. At this time he went into Business with his brother John, forming D. & J. Fraser and moving the business to new premises on Leith Street Terrace. Obviously proud of his apprenticeship with Alexander Henry (and aware of its marketing potential), an 1882 advert for the gunmakers carries '(From HENRY'S)' beneath the name 'D. & J. Fraser'.

In 1889 Daniel and John parted company, each continuing to trade separately as gunmakers in Edinburgh. While Daniel's business (Daniel Fraser & Company (later Limited)) continued to operate into the 1930s, John Fraser appears to have ceased trading around 1898.

Daniel Fraser died in London on Tuesday, 10 December 1901 and was one of the best rifle makers in that time in Edinburgh and Scotland.

HEYM 88B Safari

www.heym-fabrik.de

Calibers .450/.400 N.E.; .450 N.E. 31/4"; .470 N.E. .500/.416 N.E.; .500 N.E. 3 

Price: Start at 20,720€ (Sidelock)

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The Heym 88B is renowned for handling, accuracy and reliability, each Heym rifle represents over 150-years of combined experience utilizing the best in modern materials, machining capabilities and craftsmanship. While modern CNC machining is employed to produce parts with exacting accuracy, that fact alone is no substitute for the trained eye and experience needed to maintain tolerances that are measured in the thickness of a layer of smoke. Heym rifles are still built by hand and every part of a Heym rifle - "Lock, Stock and Barrel" - is made and finished in house. No two parts on two different Heym rifles are interchangeable: Each is hand-fitted to painstaking tolerances by a host of specialized craftsmen averaging more than 25-years' tenure. This unique capability provides Heym with full control over every aspect of quality, while providing clients with bespoke services that are seldom seen in today's gun world.

Ultimately, Heym rifles are designed to shoot, and to shoot well. Each Heym rifle comes with an accuracy guarantee for regulation, and will shoot both barrels into less than 2" at 50-meters. Right barrels print to the right, and left barrels to the left. Our rifle barrels do not "cross."

BARREL CONSTRUCTION

We drill, rifle, lap, inspect and hand assemble our rifle barrels entirely in-house, and we still insist on using the "shoe-lump" method of joining our SxS double rifle barrels. It is the oldest method used and an area in which we will not compromise quality to reduce costs. All Heym double rifles are available in your choice of barrel lengths up to 26," and we can provide chopper-lump barrels at an additional cost.

COCKING INDICATORS

Cocking indicators give the shooter an instant visual and physical indication that the rifle is cocked and - presumably - loaded. By placing them on top of the action, the shooter can feel them with their thumb and without having to look at the rifle.

NON-AUTOMATIC SAFETY

Particularly on dangerous game rifles, most hunters find an automatic safety to be a liability. Heym rifles are built with a non-automatic safety. After both barrels are discharged and the rifle is broken open for reloading, the safety stays in the "fire" position to allow for the quickest possible follow-up shots.

Since end of 2018, Heym stopped to produce box lock system in the model 88B. The 89B models will only be available with side locks. Box lock systems are produced in the Modell 89B only.

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HEYM 89B Safari

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Calibers .450 N.E., .470 N.E., .500 N.E., .375 Fl. Mag., .450/400N.E 

 Price: start at 16,250€; PH 13,500€ (Only with a PH license) 

Source: Heym USA

Built on the legacy and reliability of the Model 88, the new Heym Model 89 is a tribute to a bygone era in British gunmaking history. Its classic lines incorporate the best design elements of pre-war, British, boxlocks, while modern steels and precision machining capabilities provide the most in strength and reliability. The Heym Model 89 is a proper British double rifle... made in Germany.

Stocks (right or left hand) are made to measure to ensure a perfect fit. Receivers are scaled in five unique sizes and are designed from the ground up for double rifle cartridges. Each caliber receives a unique barrel profile to ensure proper balance, weight distribution, and that "weight between the hands" feeling that is synonymous with a well-designed double rifle.

However, the model 89 also kept some proven attributes of the 88B, as the non-automatic safety and the automatic ejectors. And as the 88B the 89 model is designed to shoot, and to shoot well. Each Heym rifle comes with an accuracy guarantee for regulation, and will shoot both barrels into less than 2" at 50-meters. Right barrels print to the right, and left barrels to the left. Our rifle barrels do not "cross."

The differences to the 88 model are:

  • A more British styled action (square back and straight sides), similar to a pre-war Webley & Scott.
  • A long trigger-guard that extends all the way down the grip to the steel grip cap
  • Disk-set (removable) strikers
  • A shorter, and more slender forend than the 88B
  • The comb of the stock more tapered (from front to back)
  • A more open grip than the 88B
  • A smaller (circumfrence) grip than the 88B
  • A safety design more similar to the old Webley & Scott
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Holland & Holland "Royal" Double Barrel Rifle

www.hollandandholland.com

Calibers: Flanged, belted or rimless designs from 7mm to .700.

Price: £165,000 plus VAT

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A good gun fit is essential for a good shot! Therefore, it is worth to think about a Stock fit as you would do for a superb shotgun. 

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Holland & Holland is one of the last remaining traditional London gunmakers. Since 1893 our London factory has produced the world's finest sporting shotguns and rifles. Our guns are handmade by integrating both traditional and contemporary techniques. Time-honoured gunmaking skills and state-of-the-art machinery combine perfectly to instil quality and artistry into every shotgun and rifle. For many owners these are not just guns; they are pieces of art.

The Royal Double

When modern nitro express cartridges replaced black powder rifles for dangerous game, gunmakers worked to develop the ideal double rifle: one that would handle like a shotgun, be fast and instinctive to use and with the strength to weight ratios necessary to fire powerful cartridges and heavy bullets.

The 'Royal' Double Rifle is built to the very best standards. Our 'Royal' has the strength to weight ratio necessary to fire powerful cartridges and heavy bullets with great accuracy.

The bolstered action, introduced just after World War One, is elegant and strong. Back-action locks allow for a solid bar, adding rigidity and weight where it is most needed. The articulated front trigger guards against bruising and our patent ejector system is simple and reliable.

Available in any rimless, flanged or belted calibre, with individually regulated chopper-lump barrels and time-proven locks, bolts and ejectors, Theodore Roosevelt's comment, "I do not believe there is a better weapon for heavy game", stands true today. Where the game is close and the perfect shot must be taken in an instant, the 'Royal' double rifle is the best in the world.

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Krieghoff Classic "Big Five"

www.krieghoff.de

Calibers: 375 H&H Mag, 450/.400 N.E. (3"), 500/.416 N.E. (3 1/4"), 470 N.E., 500 N.E. (3")

List Price start at: 8,650.00€ (Ejector + 1,540.00€)

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In 1886, the first Krieghoff was built. Today, connoisseurs all over the world trust in the quality and precision of our hunting and sporting rifles. With the experience of over 125 years and the innovative power of each new Krieghoff generation, we build rifles and shotguns today, as we did then, that are more than a weapon - they are a way of life.

Krieghoff rifles are optimally designed to meet the demands of hunting in terms of safety, reliability and precision. They are characterized by experienced practice, proprietary technical solutions and outstanding craftsmanship. For the lover of traditional weapons, Krieghoff still creates valuable unique pieces by hand, which enjoy the special appreciation of hunters.

The Krieghoff Classic demonstrates what can be expected of a modern double rifle these days: A gun with classical look and beauty. With our superior technics and uncomprimising design you will have a gun for any hunting condition. Therefore, the Classic is more then just a reproduction of a legendary gun. The Krieghoff Classic is the first and only double rifle with two hammers and Combi-Cocking Device. The wide assortment of barrels give the Classic an enormously broad spectrum of use. The Classic will be a tough companion for any kind of hunting situation. In your familiar hunting field as well as on the safari of your life. And in quiet moments you can enjoy and admire the beautyful look, the perfect craftsmanship, the stylish engraving and noble wood that comes with your Classic. The Krieghoff Classic - the double rifle for true hunting and the pleasure of a perfect gun.

The Krieghoff Classic is perhaps one of the best options when looking for a safari rifle. The hand cocking allows carrying the rifle loaded but completely safe for the PH or tracker ahead. Especially, in the last few yards and dense bush, it can often be difficult to always position the muzzle correctly and not swing over the person in front.

In these situations, carrying the broken and unloaded rifle is not really an option, as firing may occur at any time.

Merkel Safari 140 & 160 AE

www.merkel-die-jagd.de  

Calibers: .416 Rigby, .470 N.E., .500 N.E., .450/400. N.E., .375 H&H Mag.

List Price Start at: 7,898.00€ / 140AE  &  15,498.00€ / 160AE

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Merkel is the last great brand of the old gun town of Suhl. Since 1898, the Merkel Manufaktur has borne witness to the artistry of its engravers, the sensitivity of its sock makers, the skill of its gunsmiths and the genius of its engineers with every hunting rifle it has produced. In a history rich in challenges and successes, the brand and the company have proven one thing: Deeply rooted in the region's tradition is the gene for the finest hunting rifles made in Suhl, Germany.

Today, one of the most modern production facilities for hunting rifles in Europe is located in Suhl on the Friedberg. In a unique vertical range of manufacturing, which extends from the steel in the barrel forge, the fine stock wood of selected quality and origin to the fired hunting rifle, both traditionally handcrafted masterpieces and consistently pragmatic modern rifles for hunting are created. Merkel has always had one thing inseparably linked in its DNA over more than 120 years: The love of the principles of gunsmithing and the art of generating new ideas from old knowledge, which is conducive to exploring the boundaries of the world of hunting and always going one step further.

Safari double rifle 140AE

The basic variant of the Africa rifle is the tool and also the favorite of many professional hunters. The Anson and Deeley locks in the Merkel variant are traditionally considered unrivaled reliability for big game hunting. A no-frills workhorse that brings together over 100 years of rifle development experience for big game hunting. All mechanical systems are doubled and thus function independently - especially important in dangerous situations when life and limb are at stake.

Safari double rifle 160AE

Safari rifles from Merkel have been delighting big game hunters and crowned heads with their precision and reliability for generations. The 160 variant combines the strongest calibers with removable side locks and a Greener bolt with double parallel locking underlugs. One of the most beautiful rifles for the most exciting form of hunting.

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Purdey Express

www.purdey.com

Calibers: all up to 600N.E.

Price: On Request at James Purdey & Sons

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The term 'Express' was coined by James Purdey the Younger in the early 1850s to describe his two-winged bullet, which allowed for the use of larger powder charges, and correspondingly higher muzzle velocities.

Mr. Purdey only allowed the term to be used in reference to smaller-bore rifles with a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or faster, giving a shallower trajectory and far greater range than previous designs. Today, our double rifles are built on the patented Beesley action, which allows for fast opening and reloading, and gives absolute confidence to the hunter, crucial when facing dangerous game.

The performance of our rifles, combined with the graceful Purdey shape and balance makes it, we believe, the finest double rifle in the world.

Rigby "The Rising Bite"

www.johnrigbyandco.com

From .416 Rigby to .600 Nitro Express.

List Price: £95,000.00

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An icon returns

Increasing manufacturing costs meant that regular production at Rigby ceased in 1910, after around 1,000 had been produced. The last custom order original Rising Bites left the factory in 1932.

Three years ago, Rigby decided to resume production. To ensure that the new rifles would be true continuations of the Rigbys of the past, the team reverse-engineered an original Rising Bite that had been delivered to the Maharana of Udaipur in 1902. That pristine action has been replicated in modern, top-quality steel with state-of-the-art technology and a master's hand and eye.

Sabatti Big Five EDL

www.sabatti.it

Calibers: 375 Flanged 416 Rigby 450 / 400 N.E. 450 N.E. 470 N.E. 500 N.E.

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The Big Five EDL side-by-side double express rifle is built on a Sabatti proprietary action entirely machined from a solid block of hot forged high-resistance steel to withstand the pressures generated by very big calibers.

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Westley Richards & Co Ltd

www.westleyrichards.com

Calibers: Up to 700 N.E

List Price: Start at £55,500 (Fixed Lock Double)

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Unique among gunmakers, Westley Richards has a staff with diverse hunting experience, much of which has been obtained in the African bush, hunting dangerous game in some of the toughest conditions. In this environment, the double rifle stands out as the ultimate hunting tool, and
Westley Richards has built more large bore double rifles than any other
gunmaker. We can humbly say that we know what we're doing and understand exactly what the client requires in today's hunting field.