Whitworths and Alexander Henry rifles

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  1. Apr 1, 2018 #1

    fleener

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    I just got home from my buddy Rick Weber's long range ML match at Oakridge TN. Rick host a wonderful match.

    This year he asked for people to bring Whitworth and Alexander Henry rifles for display.

    While there are some cartridge guns mixed in the pictures, please respect the list rules and do not discuss them here.

    Al Roberts, son of the late Bill Roberts shows how to shoot one of the rifles from the back position.

    There were over 30 guns on display. Quite the sight and that alone was almost worth the 13 hour driver each way.

    Enjoy the pictures

    Fleener

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  2. Apr 1, 2018 #2

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    WOW!! What an IMPRESSIVE Display!!!! :thumbsup: :hatsoff:

    Thank you for posting those GREAT photo's.

    I was unaware of the one rifle with two pistol grips and two triggers/trigger guards. The last picture was especially useful to understand why it was built that way.

    Gus
     
  3. Apr 1, 2018 #3

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    Hi,

    Simply stunning, thanks for posting.

    Michael
     
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    A truly remarkable find. This is a piece that probably has very few equals. Our predecessors were very creative thinkers. Shooting it should require very careful foot position management though!!!
     
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    Looks like a good way to lose a toe
     
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    Thanks for sharing - that's a rare opportunity to see some many British match and sporting rifles together.

    The two-grip rifle is based on a joint British Patent by Edinburgh gunmakers Alexander Henry and Daniel Fraser. Muzzle and breech loading versions of this rifle are known. The British Patent was applied for on 21 April 1877 and granted on 6 July 1877, under Patent No. 1559. A little further info here: Henry-Fraser Percussion Target Rifle

    David
     
  7. Apr 2, 2018 #7

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    Great stuff Art. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Fabulous!
    The actual rifles that started Long Range shooting and the NRA.
     
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    I just became the fortunate owner of https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...d-alexander-henry-full-stock-percussion-rifle
    When it arrives I plan to use it in competition at my local club on the presumption that the the sights and trigger pull will be a substantial improvement over the military sights and trigger pull on the P53 Enfield Whitworth that I have been using.
    Can some member provide me with who/where I might locate a supply of correct nipples for the AH or better yet a platinum lined nipple for one of these rifles?
    Any help much appreciated
     
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    David Minshall aka ResearchPress is your man on this question.
    Irish
     
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    Jeff Kaufmann

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    Beautiful collection that was assembled there! Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Is that position called "Supine"? I've seen it in old photos and engravings.
     
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    Yes, back position is also referred to as supine (sometimes also the Creedmoor position). Some brief illustrated history on my web site: The Back Position

    David
     
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    Very entertaining. I'm trying to imagine today's popular press showing funny and whimsical cartoons about the shooting fraternity.
     
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    Congrats on your new rifle. I was at the auction house a week prior to the auction and inspected that rifle. I think you will be happy with it.

    Rick Weber makes platinum lined nipples. I will shoot you a PM with his email address.

    Fleener
     
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    Fleener, I haven’t been back to Oakridge since 2001. That year there were only a few rifles on display - nothing like your collections of photos. I’m glad you could go this year. Hope you shot well.
    Regards,
    Pletch
     
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    Thanks to all who replied.
     
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    Like most, I could of shot better. But I did not do bad. Took second in the 1,000 yard matches and second in the agg.

    Fleener
     
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    Outstanding Fleener!!
    Regards,
    Pletch
     
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    I've copied and printed out all those pics from Fleener just so's I can take them to the range tomorrow and show a few of the BP guys there.
     

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