January 31, 2014
Gunfight Friday: The One-Shot Wonders
By Phil Bourjaily
Today's Gun Fight is a battle of one-shot wonders. Carl Huber supplied not only one of the contestants but also suggested the name for this one. Coincidentally, Tim Flannery sent in a photo of his single shot rifle a couple of days later.
I love it when a gunfight comes together.
Single-shot rifles have a romantic, retro charm, especially these two. Both are patterned after rifles of the 19th century. Huber's is chambered in the comparatively modern .30/06, while Flannery's fires blackpowder .45-70 cartridges. Here they are:
Carl Huber's Browning High Wall
The rifle you see has taken several deer and many more paper targets. It is a Browning High Wall chambered in .30/06. It is topped with a Burris 3x9 scope and has a braided horsehair sling that does not slip. The only thing that is after-market is a Canjar trigger, which I think of as the modern equivalent of set triggers. The falling block was John Browning's first entry into the gun market and heralded his genius. In light of our recent love affair with multi-shot semiautos, it's nice to see an old-fashioned single-shot rifle that gracefully holds its own. Having learned to shoot on a Remington rolling block, I have always been fond of single-shot guns. My two boys are already jockeying for this rifle following my ultimate demise.
Tim Flannery's Armi 74
This is an Armi 1874 Sporting Rifle Sharps replica with a 34-inch barrel in .45-70. I was going bison hunting with a friend and he offered to let me use this rifle he had in stock. It made for a great bison hunt. After I received the mount I thought it would be good to display the rifle with the head so I made a deal with my friend. The rifle has double set triggers, and I have since added a Marble rear sight. I intend to install a globe front sight.
There's your choice: an old school .30/06 or an older school .45-70, both of which have proven as effective for their owners in the 21st century as their predecessors were for hunters of the 19th. Vote, comment, and keep the gun pictures coming to email@example.com