Take for example the double rifle illustrated here. Built in .475 3 1/4" nitro express calibre, the rifle has the distinctive crescent shaped action, carved fences and wonderful fine rose and scroll engraving familiar to all of Frasers best quality double rifles. Interestingly the rifle is fitted with scope mount bases, the scope itself sadly missing from the case. This same scope mount can be found on Frasers wonderful single shot rifles which seems to indicate that he was a great advocate of the riflescope and its aid to accuracy. How the scope performed under the recoil from such a rifle is anyones guess and perhaps explains its absence!
Fraser's business was relatively short lived, as the cost of producing such high grade rifles, coupled with competition from the vast Birmingham manufacturers, sadly led to his closing of the business in the early 1900's. Various family members continued in the gun trade, but the name of Daniel Fraser & Co. vanished until the 1980's when it saw a re-birth and later amalgamation into the Dickson & MacNaughton group, based once again in Edinburgh. Regrettably this year the Edinburgh premises of Dickson & MacNaughton was closed sliding this once great name back into exile.
Peter Buckley. on July 26, 2017 at 4:21 am
What a beautiful rifle such fabulous quality, the engraving, bolted safety, what's not to like about this gun. "Fraser"could certainly build a rifle!
It's sad when guns are parted from their accessories but enthusiastic owners will search until hopefully they find the missing items.
I have a "Fraser" scope but even this is missing it's mounts.
The ocular lens is spring loaded and would have had a leather covered eye pad, perhaps these parts helped dramatically with the recoil of such a rifle!
Again so sad when such names from the past and recent past are lost to us.
Kind regards. Peter.
Matthew Schmidt on July 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm
Beautiful rifle and as with most Fraser rifles, different to the others. Sad to see the name slip into history.
Tim Wilkes on July 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm
As I understand it, only the Edinburgh retail premises have closed. The gun making operation continues out of town, so the name is not lost at all.
Trigger on July 27, 2017 at 1:29 am
Very true indeed, but when did you last see a Fraser double rifle of this quality in modern times? The Dickson & MacNaughton names are a priority. Closing the Edinburgh location only reduces the exposure of these great Scottish makers.
Morten kjus on July 28, 2017 at 1:09 am
Is this for sale?
Trigger on July 28, 2017 at 1:27 am
Andre´ on July 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm
A very nice rifle....Frasers are always special..
I have a double in the same (rather rare..) caliber, made by John Wilkes "to the trade", for Midland Gun Co., a very handy rifle with 23" barrels and perfectly balanced, weight 4.8kg. BTW, John Wilkes had a workshop in Birmingham until 1930 so its probably made there.....It will accompany me on an upcoming elephant hunt..