Browning & Heber San Francisco Percussion Target Rifle.

Exceptional .42 caliber target rifle by Browning & Heber of San Francisco. The rifle has a massive octagonal barrel marked “Browning & Heber San Francisco Cal.,” on the breech. The rifle has German silver mounts, a tang sight, a fine stock with checkered wrist, and double set triggers. It is complete with its original tool for seating the bullet. The lock is case hardened with no name on it. The stock has a carved cheek rest. The German silver mounts are fancy, with the trigger guard having a complete curl to the end of the tang, and the butt plate having a decorative extension that runs up the underside of the stock. The forend cap appears to be pewter. The barrel has an open buckhorn sight, and there is an adjustable blade sight at the muzzle. Browning & Heber were known to have had a business at 653 Washington Street in San Francisco from 1873 – 1876. This gunsmith is no relation to John Browning. This exact gun is pictured and discussed in Mr. Shelton’s California Gunsmiths. Size: 51 inches long overall with the bullet seater inserted. The barrel is 33 inches long. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S $115 plus a 1.5% replacement cost insurance fee. Discounts given on combined lot shipping.

Provenance:Lawrence Shelton Collection


Condition: Overall excellent, and with excellent function. There is a hole in the trigger guard for what was probably an attachable palm rest. The stock may have been refinished. There are very minor marks on the barrel tang where the peep sight screws in, and a tiny amount of pitting by the percussion vent.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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