Price: J.U. Banziger, Swiss Rifle, made for B. Sharp 1890. 41 Cal. Hammerl-Martini action. Condition 85%
Could you post an image, please, and note condition overall?
My Dad had this for several years and I remember him shooting it. He passed several years ago.
We, my sister & I, always assumed that the rifle was special made for B. Sharp in 1890, by J.U. Banziger, St. Gallen, Switzerland. We have never seen any writings about Banziger rifles only about him as a jewelry maker. We believe the #1678 on the left side of the barrel is serial # XX Model#. It is a lever action with double triggers. The lever is in a fancy shape so your fingers fit into the shape of the lever instead of just on the lever. We were told the the action is Hammerli Martini.
Overall it is in excellent condition. Dad said a smith said it was about 85% NRA? whatever that means. The stock might be made from Tigers Eye. There is a raised cheek piece and a 10 inch groove on the barrel almost like a groove to hold scope clamps.
There are swivels for a sling but no sling. The butt has a brass? butt plate with a curled ending that fits slightly into the arm pit when held to the shoulder.
We think the owner wanted this for Sharp-shooting (no pun intended, but I couldn't resist). The Crtg, are 41 Cal. Rimfire Swiss. Banziger 9.3x53 or 10.3x65R & Schmidt Rubin 7.5x55 or 7.5x53 1/2 ammo fit.
Wouldn't it be a hoot if it was hand-made as a gift for a member of THE Sharp family? We would like to know, how should we sell it, if we decide to do it, And how much should we expect to get.
We also have an older muzzel loader, but I don't have it here to reference, and I don't remember it well enough to disscribe it without seeing it again.
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