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Lot 3315: Brown Manufacturing Co. Dual Ignition Ballard Sporting Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Very Scarce "Grip Extractor" Brown Manufacturing Co. Dual Ignition Ballard Patent Sporting Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Very Scarce "Grip Extractor" Brown Manufacturing Co. Dual Ignition Ballard Patent Sporting Rifle

Manufacturer: Brown Manufacturing Co
Model: Ballard Patent
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 327
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 171
Class: Antique
Description:

Less than 50 of the early Brown Manufacturing Co. Ballard rifles manufactured c. 1869 are estimated to have been made with the manually operated extractor with knurled grip pads on the sides of the frame at the breech. These are very hard to find and are a rare sub-variant of the already limited Brown Ballard rifles which only totaled around 1,700 rifles in 1869-1873. The rifle also features the dual ignition system (rimfire and percussion), a blade front sight with steel dovetailed base, notch and folding leaf rear sight, matching serial numbers on the top of the octagonal receiver and barrel, the three-line Brown and Ballard patent markings on the left side of the frame, and smooth stock and forearm. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with mostly mottle gray and brown patina on the barrel, 40% plus original case colors, brighter case colors in the protected areas, smooth smoky gray patina on the balance, and minor age and storage related wear overall. The refinished buttstock is very good and has minor edge wear and several scratches and dings, and most of the glossy finish remains on the forearm. Mechanically fine.



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