Quite simply a TRULY STUNNING example of a CLASSIC SAFARI CALIBRE RIFLE from this ICONIC and CLASSIC BRITISH MAKER.
Parker Hale Bolt Action CUSTOM BUILT Safari rifle in .375 Holland and Holland.
Rare enough in this calibre from Parker Hale at the best of times. THIS is no standard rifle from and certainly a ‘One Off’ Handmade example. Very possibly commissioned specially for something or someone. I only wish records were available. This rifle would certainly make for good reading and research. It is a great shame as its actual history would be fantastic to know.
The full length 21 ¾” barrel is just about pristine inside. There is little, if any, evidence of being fired much, IF ever. The fixed ramp mounted open sites offer a set 50 yard blade. In addition there are folding leaves detailed for 100 and 150 yards. It is the perfectly set up for use as a bare rifle with the iron / open sights.
In reality the only thing missing from the gun is the original front bead shroud / protector. I will have a contemporary replacement in the work shop if required. The front rifle sling also follows the classic safari rifle style and is via the fixed barrel band.
The action has Tastefully and Deeply Cut Hand Engraving. Everything in pristine Blue / Brown finish. The full length extractor claw as well as the bolt release lever have excellent case hardening colour too.
Finishing the metal work off is the barrel mounted front scope mount band. Supporting the Quick Detachable, Return to Zero Claw / Pivot mount. The rear scope base screwed down to the rear action ring. The mounts also include a peep through facility for any unexpected ‘close quarter’ moments! Set into these top quality mounts is a Swarovski 1.5 – 6 x 42 power rifle scope. This sports a 3 way duplex reticle set in the FIRST FOCAL PLANE. (This means the cross hair grows and reduces along with the magnification choice). As such, perfectly suitable for relatively close range encounters, through to driven game hunts for wild boar etc. It also covers longer range stalking for stags or larger plains game.
The nicely straight grained (so very strong) stock measures in at 14 ¼” including the inch deep recoil pad. Matching the rest of the gun the chequering is still nice crisp. Finishing the rifle off is the hand finished hinged magazine floor plate. This is hand engraved too and detailed with ‘CAL .375 H&H MAGNUM’.
ANY maker, even the best London names (or for that matter World Wide). ALL would be happy to put their stamp / details to a rifle of this quality. In reality Parker Hale have to go down in history as ‘one of the best’ the world has ever seen anyway. They may have generally catered more for ‘the masses’ with their prolific output. They may well have failed to pursue those individuals lucky enough to be able to order bespoke firearms etc. BUT this particular example is proof that they COULD and DID produce the highest quality weapons. EQUAL TO ANYONE.
Let us say this is new and from the ‘cartridge manufacturer’, in the same specification. You would be looking at a current retail price well in excess of £40,000. For what would effectively be the same rifle …… (PLUS VAT). Very likely a year or two timescale at least for completion to take possession. Now, undoubtedly there ARE still those lucky enough to be in a position to place an order for something like. The average fella is not. This gun WILL however, hold its own in any company.
It IS a rifle I am actually happy to hold on to until it finds the right new owner!
In reality it needs to go to someone who has a genuine need for a piece of TOP QUALITY equipment like this. Not just for a ‘one off trip / safari’ to then sit, nostalgically, in a cabinet for the next 25 years. Someone living and working in a place and environment where they need it. Where they will have it with them every day. A professional who realises, understands, knows and agrees with what I am trying to say and convey. If you do then WONDERFUL. If you don’t then don’t worry about it. ….This rifle is not for you!
£3200.00 INC. SCOPE.