German Drilling Rifle Combo (with Pictures)

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Dillinger, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    So, this is what this section looks like. :cool: I haven't been in here much. Cool.

    Anyways, the boss wanted us to see about posting some new, searchable, interesting threads that might be unique to FTF. I got to thinking that AR's are pretty common and I have enough of those posts. Why not share a little something that I inherited and give you guys a chance to learn about something you might not have known about previously?

    So, my grandfather served in WWII and he was an avid, avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved it and did it his whole life. While he was overseas in the European theater, he came across a few items that he either sent home or brought home with him and this is one of them.

    This is a German, Made in Munich as stamped on the barrels, side by side shotgun with a center axis, under bore rifled barrel that I believe is chambered in 8x57JR ( or 8mm Mauser ).

    This was apparently considered quite the field hunting gun at the time and was a highly sought piece of kit. As you can see, there is some elaborate engraving depicting scenes of elk or deer and some hillsides with mountain views.

    Behind the standard slide lever to open the breach, is a two stage selector. In the rear position, the weapon is ready to fire the side by side shotguns, but with the forward flip of this selector, it raises a very small rear sight and the centerfire rifle is engaged to fire. It's pretty darn slick engineering if you ask me. :)

    In the stock, which I assume is walnut, is a trap door that will hold 4 additional cartridges, for a total of 5, allowing the hunter to effectively put an end to any thing he hit once and for all.

    So, there is a little piece of history that perhaps you did not know about prior to this thread. You can find a lot of information by hitting a search engine and entering "German Drilling Rifle" to further your knowledge if you wish.

    JD
     

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  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Beautiful and interesting shotgun relic piece your Grandfather acquired there JD. You should indeed be proud! :D
     

  3. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    That is one effing sexy firearm JD :D
     
  4. Redarrow18

    Redarrow18 New Member

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    that is a really good looking gun, and the double barrel the the centerfire barrel undernieth is really cool

    i know you probably dont want to get rid of it but do you know how much its valued at?
     
  5. NitroxAZ

    NitroxAZ New Member

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    Thanks for sharing, that is a beautiful rifle/shotgun.
     
  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Thanks guys. It's one from the collection that had some interesting history I knew nothing about until I was forced to ask "What is it?" to my gunsmith. :eek:

    Redarrow - value ranges from $5K to maybe $10K depending who you talk to and what website you compare it to. There is a guy in Oregon that is a good customer of the shop who was interested in it, but his offer wasn't of interest to me.

    I don't plan on selling it, I was just sharing. :)
     
  7. TXnorton

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    JD:

    Well first of all welcome to the C&R section. We get to see lots of interesting weapons here!

    Second, FINE Drilling. I have always had a hankering for one of those since I first saw a photo of one back when I was a youngster. My favorite toy store here in Houston as a few drillings in their inventory, but not one as nice as yours.
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Thanks TX. You said they have a few at your favorite place to shop? Are they popular in your parts, and that is why they have multiples? Or they have multiples because no one is buying them... LOL :p
     
  9. TXnorton

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    JD:

    The drillings are not very common and are (for the most part) primarily collector pieces, and therefore the market for them is small. While I would not suggest that you ever sell it, you would have to deal it through a high-end firearms auction in order to reach the marketplace for such a firearm as the example you have.

    Collectors Firearms Search "drilling"

    My toy store (link above) has a few, but none are even close to being as nice as yours!
     
  10. masterPsmith

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    Very nice piece. Color case is still showing color, no buggered screws, engraving and finish look great. Be carefull of the trigger guard, as it looks to be made of horn, as most high-end trigger guards were. That is one that should be appraised, insured and kept in the family, IMHO..

    Jim...........
     
  11. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I'm not interested in selling it, I was just posting it to spread a little different type of education around. I know a little about the weapon, but I was unaware of any subculture dedicated to them or anything like that.

    Thanks for the info guys.

    JD
     
  12. cpttango30

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    WOW JD I would have never thought of you owning something like that. You are one lucky grandson there man. You can see the German craftsmanship all over that gun. They only thing I see is the screws don't all line up. On those rifles I think all the screws should point in the same direction. From what I see it was three that didn't. I wouldn't go messin with them though.

    I would have that baby locked up in it's own custom designed 6" thick acrylic case with motion sensor weight sensor and Sharks with freekin laser beams on their heads guarding that one.
     
  13. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    That is one beautiful piece of German workmanship.
     
  14. Johnny357

    Johnny357 New Member

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    Beautiful gun - thanks for sharing!
     
  15. TheOldMan

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    The Europeans seemed to be the inovators of their day. Covering all bases with one firearm like the drilling: (from the German drei for three).

    Good examples like yours are very collectable and command high prices more or less like the side by side double rifles.

    A family heirloom to be sure.
     
  16. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    That's suh-WEET! The Monte Carlo stock is a nice touch, too. You've set a new standard for Gunne Porne.