GENUINE LEFT HANDED RIGBY built on a classic German Heym SR 20 / SR 21 Action.
The ONLY reason not on a ‘traditional’ WW11 Mauser GEW 98 is because there are and never were any original left handed Mauser actions produced. Everything else is classically and completely Rigby. Built to the same exacting standards as any other gun from this Iconic and ALWAYS sought after British Rifle maker.
22 ¾” (577mm) Plain Unsighted Barrel with a Traditional Sporting Safari style barrel band front sling attachment.
13 7/8” (353mm) Stock Pull giving an overall length of 43 ½” (1105mm) and weight of 7 Lbs 11 oz. (3.485 Kg).
Metal work is in EXCELLENT condition inside and out with all original blueing finish still is superb condition. Fully Signed / Engraved to the top of their Classic Sporting Profile barrel with J. Rigby & Co. London. England. in traditional Gothic Script. The front action ring engraved Calibre .270 Winchester to the left and Made in England to the right sides. Frederich Wil. H. Heym to the right of the action beside the ammunition port / magazine recess.
Hinged Floor Plate Magazine Housing and Trigger Guard finished in a Grey Nitrate (?) colour. The actual Floor Plate Browned with more Hand Cut Scroll Engraving surrounding Cal .270 Win in Gold Inlay.
Traditional and Classically Rigby Pattern Hand Cut Extra Fine Chequering to the grip areas all still in excellent condition. Still very clean cut to the touch. HIGHLY decorative Walnut Stock with an Excellent Dark Tone with plenty of colour contrast. Some VERY Nice Cross Grain Tiger Stripe Pattern too. A TRUE Left Hand Configuration with matching Raised and Fielded Cheek Piece. It even has a still unused Oval Disc set flush in the bottom of the stock. ……Ready and waiting YOUR initials or even family crest.
Sold as pictured with suitable Windage Adjustable Bases and matching 1” Scope Rings. Correct mounts for these actions are not the easiest items to find these days. Very likely I will have or can source matching 30mm rings to fit IF required. That said, WOULD you actually ‘go there’ on such a Truly Classic British Stalking peace?
Also to bear in mind is that these are the original set from the rifle / Rigby. The rings have matching Hand Engraving to the top bands. The Front / Pivot with J. Rigby & Co. London. The Rear / Windage Adjustable with Cal .270. No. 6561
I have always and will continue to extoll the virtues of the .270 Winchester. Go back 30 plus years and this IS ‘THE CALIBRE’ for ANY even half way serious Stalker. The results down range tend to be devastating. Even a slightly misplaced shot still brought whatever it hit down pretty close if not immediately at point of impact. I have yet to find another ‘popular’ and readily available option with even close matching ‘knock down’ capability.
Yes, it fell ‘out of favour’ and mainly for two reasons. They ARE noisy and they CAN give quite a severe recoil. Both features lending nothing to accurate shooting. Especially in the hands of lesser experienced shots. Flinch and / or snatching at triggers often resulted in poor accuracy but this was not the rifle or ammunition. More often than not ‘driver error’!
Come forward 20 years and everyone (and their dogs) can have a sound moderator. These do two main jobs: They severely curb the sound and at the same time severely reduce recoil.
I suppose you can argue that to fit a sound moderator to a Truly Classic British Sporting Rifle IS SACRILEGE. Pretty sure ANY and all (even the Best of the Best) of the British Gun Trade supply rifles threaded today. It is simply a sign of the times and in many cases a requirement on a lot of stalking lands / leases. As such, this could be threaded in our own in-house workshop if required.
As it is, personally, I don’t agree and much prefer using a bare rifle. Always have and always will. Just ‘old school’ I suppose.
As such an extremely RARE piece, especially with this pedigree and name behind it. There is a more than fare chance to find another you would have to go direct and order new. Try it. When you find out the cost today I am pretty sure you will be back trying to knock my door through. If the price of new is something you can happily afford then happy for you but why are you even looking at this?
A VERY PRETTY and VERY VERSATILE RIFLE.