sporting rifle


Standard Arms Model G

Patented c.1906 by Morris Smith, manufactured by Standard Arms c.1909-10′s - serial number 7534.
.25 Remington three-round internal box magazine, long stroke gas piston semi-automatic or manual pump action, engraved brass handle - originally lacquered black.

A fancy and unusual ealry semi-automatic sporting rifle, betrayed by the lack of strength of its internal parts which turned it into a jam monster. It’s okay buddy at least you look good when you do it.


Evans New Model carbines

Designed by Warren R. Evans in 1868, perfected in 1877 and largely manufactured by Merwin & Hulbert henceforth. These examples are, on top, the “Evans Sporting Rifle” marked type which allegedly was made from spares after the company failed to acquire any military contract, and the carbine model with a single forend band.
.44 Evans Long blackpowder centerfire cartridge, lever action, helicoidal 28-rounds around which the stock is built in two parts. The New Model distinguished itself by its longer more potent round and the addition of a dust cover that slides with the lever to cover the thus bigger ejecting port.

The Evans carbines and rifles main advantage, their magazines, was also their main drawback in some way, as their huge capacity came with a price. It wasn’t spring loaded but in fact more akin to a simple conveyor belt that loaded one round at a time through the butt-end of the stock, after each of which the action had to be cycled to bring it up one 28th of the way up. This meant that if you did not either load new rounds for every one you fired or simply fired them all before reloading, your conveyor belt would sometimes bring you a whole lot of nothing in between the cartridges you want, corresponding to times you would have cycled the action in some ways but not loaded the rifle up.
This major inconvenient prevented this design from ever becoming popular with the military, despite being able to carry twice as many round than their Winchester counterparts that won by being much more reliable and easy to use.

an Evans sporting carbine, intermediate model - .44 Evans Short - 32 rounds


Comblain Mle1870 1st model Garde Civique rifle

Designed by Hubert-Joseph Comblain and manufactured in Liège, Belgium - serial number 2253B.
11x50mmR Albini single shot, falling block action, gunmetal receiver.

Belgium’s first purpose-made metallic cartridge military rifle, sporting a resiliant receiver and a sexy action. The Belgian army would also go on to adopt the Comblain Mle1884 with a steel receiver.