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J.V. Needham 500BPE Double Rifle
Exceedingly rare 3" 500BPE by Joseph Vernon Needham on their own 1862 patent side lever action.
J.V. Needham were located on Cannon St. from 1874 - c.1883
This action design is opened by the lever but is also drawn to half cock by the lever thus relieving pressure on the firing pins alleviating pin drag or the need to draw the hammers back manually before opening the action.
27-7/8" Damascus barrels with thinning original brown.
Five groove rifling with scattered pitting to the bore but very pronounced lands.
Manufacturer: J. V. Needham
Model: Hammer Double Rifle
Serial Number: 31
Caliber Info: .500 3" BPE
Barrel Type: Damascus
Weight: 11lb 12.8oz.