Weird Slide Action Prototype Rifles

These rifles are selling at Rock Island on December 1, 2018 – the in-the-white prototype and the more refined pre-production.

These two slide action rifles came form the same collection, and are pretty clearly related – one is a toolroom type of early prototype and the other is a refined pre-production sort of example. However, we have no idea who made them, or when or where. They look well made enough to have been the product of a legitimate firearms factory, but could also have been the work of a dedicated hobbyist. Without markings or provenance, we will probably never know. But they certainly are interesting to take a look at!

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