Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2635: Unidentified Experimental Slide Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 1, 2018

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

Unidentified Experimental Slide Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Experimental
Type: Rifle
Gauge: Unknown .32
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: hardwood
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 288
Class: Antique

Manufactured by an unknown party and completely unmarked, this is an unusual and interesting magazine fed rifle. The main body is constructed from sheet metal, with a set of side plates to access the internals and a hardwood stock. A reciprocating lever is installed in a track behind the trigger guard, inviting comparison to the Burgess shotgun line, and a fixed magazine is ahead. The magazine follower doubles as the floorplate, retracting into the magazine housing via a thumb lever to clear the loading port for individual rounds. A rotating bolt, reciprocating arm, and a two-piece lifter assembly are linked to the lever. In operation, rounds are drawn backwards out of the magazine by the reciprocating arm into the lifter assembly which then elevates the round to be chambered. Dual extractor claws are present on the bolt head, with ejection via a top port, likely assisted by the lifter. In total, the mechanism is unique in both function and profile. The forearm and buttstock are both smooth and straight, with a naked butt and a sporting profile.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The unfinished, in-the-white metal shows a mixed brown and gray patina, with mild spotting and handling marks overall. The stock is fair, with some repairs and breaks. Some components of the mechanism, especially the firing pin assembly and the linkage to connect it to the trigger, are absent, though the present components are in good order and demonstrate the core principles of the design well. An interesting experimental design which could benefit from dedicated research.

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