Frank Wesson No. 1 Long Range Creedmoor Rifle

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  Lot #230  (Sale Order: 230 of 711)  
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serial #1, 45 caliber, 34" full octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a wonderful rifle which is believed to be the first Long Range rifle made by Wesson, still a prototype and not the first production rifle. The rifle is extensively photographed and discussed on pages 194 - 197 of Frank Wesson Gunmaker Volume 3. The top of the barrel is engraved "F. WESSON'S Long Range CREEMOORE (sic) RIFLE MFG. Worcester, Mass" and is stamped on the bottom just behind the forend lug "1". The rifle has many unusual features including a brass frame, a flat lockplate without typical Alexander Henry step, a knurled breech locking button on left side of frame, a male sight base on top tang, a bushed firing pin, a metallic forend tip similar to those found on the No. 2 rifles, nickel plated buttplate, lever, triggerguard and frame among other fine details. The condition of the rifle is wonderful with the barrel retaining about 70% bright original blue finish with some scattered patches of light surface oxidation present. The frame which has simple border engraving retains 95% plus original nickel plated finish which has dulled over time and has a lovely antique appearance. The hammer and lock also show light border engraving and retain about 75% original color case-hardened finish which has darkened a little over time but remains quite visible and has a very pleasing honest appearance. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend are of nicely figured American black walnut and rate excellent with 95% plus original finish with sharp checkering and a heel position base that is clearly original. The hand checkered steel shotgun buttplate retains most of its original nickel plated finish. The rifle features a windgauge spirit level front sight with long hood which according to the Wesson book, was made by Whitney and is likely original, sadly, the rear sight staff is missing. The rifle has no added holes or alterations of any kind. An extremely fine and extremely rare American long range target rifle very well documented in the only definitive work on Wesson and his guns. (16106-74) {ANTIQUE} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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This item is part of Auction No. 104 - Session 1
 Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
 
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Frank Wesson No. 1 Long Range Creedmoor Rifle
Frank Wesson No. 1 Long Range Creedmoor Rifle
Lot number: 230
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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