Our own Dave Allen has scouted up a most enticing tribute to one of the greatest of the Frontier Partisans.
As those who frequent this campfire know, I am deeply enamored of Frederick Courteney Selous. The great hunter was, in many ways the archetype and ideal of the Frontier Partisan, playing a role similar to that of Daniel Boone in Kentucky, only more than a century on and a world away. A legendary long hunter in southern Africa, he scouted the road for the Pioneer Column entering what would become Rhodesia, and fought in her wars with the Ndebele (Matabele).
At the venerable (and unusually robust) age of 64 he served the British Empire with distinction in Africa during the First World War and met his death in battle.
Theodore Roosevelt eulogized him in words that describe the epitome of the Frontier Partisan spirit:
“He led a singularly adventurous and fascinating life, with just the right alternations between the wilderness and civilization. He helped spread the borders of his people’s land. He added much to the sum of human knowledge and interest. He closed his life exactly as such a life ought to be closed, by dying in battle for his country while rendering her valiant and effective service. Who could wish a better life or a better death, or desire to leave a more honourable heritage to his family and his nation?”
Now, lookit this beauty that Dave found…
Uberti, an Italian maker of quality historical reproduction firearms of the Old West has released its 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle. Waugh!
By the 1890s, the West had been all but civilized, bringing to an end the days of lawlessness, exploration and Indian fighting. On the other side of the world, however, another era of exciting adventure had begun: big-game hunting and exploration. Not unlike the Easterners who had settled the West, many British hunters ventured into the unknown of Africa and Asia to become legendary names—and their hunting rifles the most sought-after by collectors worldwide.
It is in this spirit that Uberti USA offers the 1885 Courteney stalking rifle. Named after the celebrated English hunter, explorer and naturalist Courteney Selous (1851-1917), this rifle gives today’s shooter the looks, feel, and usability of the turn-of-the-century British single-shots that were first taken to the British colonies—but at a fraction of the cost. The 1885 Courteney is built on the ultra-strong 1885 action and makes its debut in the classic .303 British cartridge—the most used caliber in the British Empire.