Modelled on the late Victorian Farquharson rifles, London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. has just launched their first 10 new limited edition Rigby Falling Block rifles. After three years in the making, the rifle is built around a true Farquharson action, identical to the original patented John Farquharson design of 1875 and a strong match to the historic Rigby-made Farquharson rifles in the company’s historic ledger books.
This is a fancy version of a single-shot rifle model that the likes of Frederick Courteney Selous wielded in the African bush. A Gibbs.461 Farquharson is featured in the header photo on Frontier Partisans:
That rifle, with the bluing completely worn off most of the barrel, had some stories to tell.
The Rigby rifles are way out of my league, but it warms my heart that the venerable (1775) gunmaker is putting out modern renditions the classic rifles of the Golden Era of the late 19th/early 20th Century, when firearms form and function hit their apogee. I sure hope that whatever well-heeled folk buy these rifles actually take ’em afield. Purty as it may be, such a piece ain’t meant to be a safe queen.