Smithson / Heilmann / Hensley / Wallace     Custom Scratch-Built Dan'l Fraser Patent Sidelever Falling Block Rifle.  

       

25" stepped, tapered round Half Moon barrel with sculpted ramp front sight, swivel base and sculpted-block-mounted twin folding leaf sights. Exhibition Turkish walnut stock by Darwin Hensley with ebony forend tip, classic wrap-around point-pattern checkering with mullered borders, sidepanels, inletted rear swivel base, double-beaded pancake cheekpiece and steel buttplate. New, Dan'l Fraser patent falling block action with latched sidelever, gold plated internal parts and top tang safety, every part entirely bench-made by Joseph Smithson. All other metalwork by Steve Heilmann, including Zeiss Diavari C 3-9x36 MC scope with fine duplex reticle on completely custom-made claw mounts, the front base integral with the rear barrel sight base. Engraved by Terry Wallace: extensive gold-highlighted fine rose and scroll with gold inlaid borderlines covering action, scope mounts, triggerguard, grip cap, front sight, swivel bases and buttplate. Calibre and SAFE inlaid in gold. Finish work by Pete Mazur with details of bright polish, rust blue, nitre blue, hot blue and gold plating. Pull: 14". Weight: 8lbs, 3oz. with scope; 6lbs, 13oz without. Built 1999. New condition. In heavy, full-length oak and leather case by Bud Shaul. Extensive horn and brass accessories made by Bill Crowley and engraved by Terry Wallace. Winner of the Double Gun Journal Award for a North American Game Rifle, April 2002 at the Gold Medal Concours D'Elegance of Fine Guns. Signed --- Stephen R. Heilmann on top of barrel; Terry Wallace Engr. beside trigger on right; Darwin Hensley Stkr. beside trigger on left; Designed by D & J Fraser, Made by J Smithson on buttplate.

 

 

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