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Revised: 9/13/2013 

Please note – Important Correction: Description states “Rifle fires when in safe position.” This is absolutely not so. The safety works perfectly fine. The unique safety device in Gibbs’ Farquharson is a bar which protects the primer from the falling hammer. Thus when the gun is on safety, if the hammer is cocked and the trigger pulled, the hammer will fall but the safety bar prevents the hammer from striking the primer. Therefore there is nothing wrong with the safety on this gun.

BEST QUALITY GEORGE GIBBS FARQUHARSON DROPPING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE WITH DIES AND COMPONENTS. SN 14906. (ca 1880) Cal. .461 no. 2 Gibbs. 28″ Slightly tapered round bbl, mounted with island bases for one standing, one folding leaf express rear sight, marked for 100 and 200 yards, and longitudinally dovetailed silver bead front, is engraved “METFORD’S PATENT 1637. GEORGE GIBBS, CORN STREET, BRISTOL.” (Patent use no. 1637) on top rear. Left rear is stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs. A sling eye is soldered to bottom of bbl. Best quality, sporting type, thin walled, sporting action is fitted with short safety lever and sliding bolt on right side, with “FREE” and “BOLTED” gold inlaid. Right side is also marked “FARQUHARSON’S PATENT 647” (patent use number). Left side is engraved “George Gibbs Bristol” in lozenge surrounded by 80% coverage well cut small scroll, as is typical for best quality Gibbs rifles. Nicely shaped operating lever has detent latch. Best quality SN is engraved on bottom tang. Nicely figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over ribbed hard rubber buttplate. Grip cap is of horn. Typical point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. There is a sling eye, along with gold oval engraved with the initials “ECE” within a belt marked “SPERNO” surmounted by raised mailed fist grasping a snake, on toe line. (A quick Google search reveals this snake device is possibly of the Ellice family. (Burkes Peerage.)) Matching forend with horn tip attaches with screw to bbl. Factory frame no. “128” is stamped on face of action and on bbl under forend. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Also included are a set of C & H dies and approx 50 fired Bertrum cases, and maybe 30 primed and unprimed cases, along with 50 558 grain bullets, and 50 556 grain bullets cast in provided .453 diameter Lyman mold. There is also a sample cartridge and a small lot of pre-cut paper patches. CONDITION: Very good, as found. Bbl retains a considerable amount of its orig blue, considerably browned and worn. Action retains traces of its orig case hardening color, mostly mottled silver brown. Trigger housing retains most of its case hardening color. Operating lever retains traces of color. Stocks retain a considerable amount of orig finish with considerable wear and numerous minor marks, checkering worn and dirty. Metford bore shows considerable wear at throat, and is lightly pitted throughout, with a spot of deeper pitting approx 9″ back from muzzle. Action is tight and crisp. Rifle fires when in safe position, needs attention. Dies and components are excellent. George Gibbs produced a total of 974 of these iconic actions in all types. Few survive in their orig configuration. 4-47818 MGM71 (12,000-16,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.