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HENRY, ALEXANDER 450 3 1/4" BPE BEST GRADE HAMMER SPORTING FALLING BLOCK - EXCELLENT BORE - MADE 1881 - 95% ENGRAVING COVERAGE - CLASSIC HENRY - 28" Steel Barrel with a Full-Length Rib - Very Solid Wood - Right Side Lock - 14 3/8" LOP - 7 Lbs. 2 Oz.

Style: Caliber: Price:
Single Shot Rifle 450 3 1/4" BPE $7,450.00

#5152, Alex'r Henry Ltd., Edinburgh and London: A Very Nice Best Quality Sporting Rifle by Alexander Henry with Front Bolted Right Hand Lock 450 3 1/4" Black Powder Express Sporting Model Single Shot with Alexander Henry's Hammer Falling Block Action that was Finished in 1881, It has hammer action patent #1862, 28" Steel barrel with a rare full barrel length filed rib, 1 standing sight with an ivory insert, The barrel carries the original serial number of 5152 and stamped A.H., Birmingham proof marks with "52" which is the 450 bore, It has a right hand lock, Stepped lockplate, It has the later style/type of lock attachment, The hammer with a front bolted lock/safety, Dolphin style hammer, The lock stamped "AH", The engraved trigger guard tang comes to within 3/8" of the grip cap; This particular rifle has a feature I have never seen or written about to my knowledge, the underlever locking catch has a "Bolted Safety" much like what we see on many double rifles (Photo Included), 95% coverage of classic period scroll engraving with full coverage on the top tang that is superb in style and execution, 14 3/8" LOP over a full checkered butt with a circular trapdoor for spare sight storage etc., 7 lbs. 2 oz., A nice piece of wood with very nice color and contrast and matches the forend well, Alex Henry fluted forend with a cross key fastener that is a classic mark of nearly every Henry single shot, Shadowline cheekpiece, Horn grip cap This 138 year old Classic remains very solid, The original barrel black remains at 80%, The original case colors at 15% with a very nice patina, The wood finish is at 75%, The checkering is at 80%, The buttstock & forend remain as solid today as it was 138 years ago, The beauty of this Classic is a bore that remains in excellent to near excellent plus condition and totally free of any pits or graying from breech to muzzle, The internal inletting looks like the day it was cut and totally free of any oil soak. All the screws are 94-95% correct and sharp, nearly every screw lay north & south including the buttplate.

Alexander Henry was born in 1828 and became the inventor of the gun barrel that revolutionized small arms as it was a new principle in rifling a barrel. In the brief on his patent in 1860 it stated, "The rifled bore is of polygonal cross-section, and is provided, in addition, with curved, square, or angular spiral projections or grooves, so as to increase the bearing points of the projectile." His barrels became the very part of the Martini-Henry rifle; in 1874 the War Office realized how good his invention was and issued it to the British army. Mr. Henry died in Edinburgh on January 27, 1894 at the age of 76. Every student of the single shot rifle knows the reputation of his creation and when in hand it literally comes alive.

 
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