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HOW MANY DOUBLE RIFLES HAVE WE MADE?

A recent post I made referred to the 39 double barrelled .476 rifles we had made. I think this raised surprise, ("only 39?") at how few we had actually made. Whilst  I was researching for the bicentennial book, I actually sat one weekend and counted through all the modern gun books and compiled a list of how many rifles we had made since 1900 in each calibre.

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My findings were, that we have made a total of 947 best double rifles, in various calibre's since 1900. Perhaps it doesn't sound a lot, but it is 3 times more than the 300 odd that Purdey have made and I don't know how many compared to Holland & Holland. 947 rifles would take a craftsman about 350 years to make, so that puts it into some form of context! We have made doubles in 51 different calibre's.

I am sure these numbers will be of interest to many of you who own one of our doubles and I will make a point of making the information available to anyone who wants to ask. In brief though for now, the 5 best selling calibre since 1900 in order, calibre/quantity are: 1st. .470/109, 2nd. .500/104, 3rd .577/85, & .318/85, 4th. .400/74, 5th. .450/69.

 

3 Comments

  • Keith Fahl on September 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Simon,
    Do you have a number for the double rifles Westley Richards made in the WR 400/360 caliber? Thanks.
    Regards,
    Keith

    • Simon Clode on September 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      43 in 360

      • Keith Fahl on September 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        Thank you,
        Keith

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