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Rigby - London - 270 Win RARE Light Deluxe Magazine Rifle 24" Bl. - Mint
SOLD ** RIGBY – LONDON – 270 Win. – RARE Light Deluxe Magazine Rifle – 24’ Bl – MINT
John Rigby & Co., 13 Pall Mall, London, W.1 - John Rigby’s Light Deluxe Magazine Rifle built on a Mauser Action in .270 Winchester, SN 6380 (February, 1984) and proved in London, built by the ORIGINAL London maker.
This rare Light Deluxe (engraved with Buffalo horn accoutrements) is Rigby’s best quality magazine rifle built the same way they were built for the last 100 years. It is a London Best rifle, fabricated by hand at their Pall Mall address, engraved by Rigby’s London master engravers, and fitted with a deluxe stock of premium quality dark English walnut with desirable fiddleback figure.
Its 24” tapered round barrel features a barrel front sling eye and a inlaid gold ring near the muzzle with no sights as it was fitted for a telescope by the maker, with the installation of the color case-hardened scope rings each one inscribed for the rifle. The action is a 98 Waffenfabrik Mauser-Oberndorf Commercial action fitted with two safeties: a commercial sliding two-position safety and a Johannsen three-position (i.e. Model 70) safety affixed to the color case-hardened breech bolt sleeve. The barrel, stock and rings have the correct Rigby serial number.
The floorplate is hinged with straddle release inside the trigger guard and the bolt knob is checkered with five panels and a rosette terminus. The hand engraving is Acanthus scroll on the front and rear receiver rings, floorplate and trigger guard. The maker’s name and caliber are inlaid in gold on the floorplate, “Rigby .270 Win.” The serial number is inlaid in gold on the trigger guard, “No. 6380.”
The Light Deluxe stock has the classic Rigby Monte Carlo comb in beautiful dark English walnut with fancy fiddleback or tiger stripe figure, shaped with a sculptured shadowline cheekpiece, and includes an engraved recoil crossbolt, an inlaid monogram oval (vacant for owner’s initials), buffalo horn pistol grip cap, buffalo horn forearm tip, and full wrap around classic point pattern checkering (22 lpi) with mullered borders. The LOP is 14” to the butt with its ¾” brown leather-covered recoil pad. Weight with scope is 8 lbs, 15 oz.
The internal inletting is excellent, best London quality. The name and address are on the barrel, “John Rigby & Co., 13 Pall Mall, London.” This piece is still manufacturer-fresh, all original with the blue at 99%, original wood finish at 99%, the checkering 100% (diamonds still sharp to the touch), and the bore is sharp and clean. The Light Deluxe Magazine Rifle was Rigby’s top-drawer London Sporter intended for the gentleman hunter but built to handle the rigors of hard field work, and famous for accuracy.
Verified by Rigby’s Gunroom Manager, David Miles, this Light Deluxe Magazine Rifle (serial number 6380) was built on a Mauser action in February 1984. Cased with original maker’s label with matching address on the rifle.
The scope mounting system is the Redfield bottom-screw rings in case colors (the front ring is inscribed by Rigby “J.Rigby Co. London;”the rear ring is inscribed “Cal. .270 Win. No. 6380,” the serial number of the rifle. (The actual case coloring looks more blue than gold in reality.) The scope has been updated to an Austrian-made Swarovski Habicht 3-10x42 known for incredible brightness and clarity, with standard duplex reticle fitted with Butler Creek scope covers.
About Rigby: According to Geoffrey Boothroyd, Rigby was founded in 1735” and “flourished in Dublin. The maker opened their London shop at 72 St.James’s Street in 1866 under the management of John Rigby.”
George Caswell of Champlin Arms gives a brief history from there:
“Rigby was at 72 St. James's St from 1866 to 1907 and then at 43 Sackville St. from 1908 to 1955 and then on to 32 King Street, St James's. In 1963 the shop moved to 28 Sackville Street and in 1969 to 13 Pall Mall (where this gun was made). In 1984 J Roberts & Son (Gunmakers) Ltd bought the company and in 1985 moved it their premises to 5 King Street, Covent Garden. In 1987 the factory and shop moved to 66-68 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark. In 1997 the goodwill and rights to the Rigby name were bought by Rogue River Rifle Works and a new company, John Rigby & Co Inc. was formed at 1317 Spring Street, Paso Robles, California. On about March 1, 2013 John Rigby & Co. was acquired by Blaser of Germany. All connections with the unbelievable and indescribable mess in California have been severed, and the current Rigby Company moved back to London and is run by Marc Newton and Patricia Pugh. I wish them well, Long live the King!”
The last MSRP on the Empire Best Quality magazine rifle was $18,500.00 without engraving. The Deluxe Magazine Rifle and the rare Light Deluxe (with horn accoutrements and engraving) typically ran 20% ($22,200) to 30% ($24,050) more depending on the extent of the engraving. Checking with Rigby today, this rifle would cost new $29,673 plus $680 for the installed and numbered scope rings not including its after-market scope.
Priced here to sell at $17,750.00 -- reduced now to $12,950.00 Shipping $65 to any of the lower 48 states. If you are interested in this rifle, I suggest you purchase it before I decide to keep it until I get its true value at the original price.
Buyer must furnish current FFL copy for shipping. Buyer has 3-day full refund non-firing return privilege. Seller is the author of The Rifleman’s Rifle (Winchester pre-64 Model 70s) and will furnish a Letter of Provenance that this rifle is from his collection. Feedback can be checked on ebay under seller’s login rcrwin70roger. Mobil number 808-989-1863 ask for Roger. Lay Away plan available for this rare and beautiful rifle.
A rifle nearly identical to this, but chambered in 30-06, is featured in Episode 2 of the YouTube series, Special Guns with Roger Rule.