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HistoricBore
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Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle??
      #315895 - 01/05/18 06:42 PM

One of my pals has turned up a very unusual double rifle, in like-new condition apparently. It was made by George Gibbs of Bristol (better known for falling blocks) in about 1880 I reckon. The calibre seems to be .360 No. 3, firing a 215 grain bullet propelled by 35 grains of powder, so not very powerful at all.

It has a Jones underlever but is hammerless, with his own design of action. The tumblers are pivoted on a trigger plate section inside the triggerguard. I have never seen anything like it, but have found one reference to a shotgun with this type of hammerless mechanism.

If someone can send me a PM then I can forward a photo for posting.


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Huvius
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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: HistoricBore]
      #315907 - 01/05/18 10:31 PM

Sounds like a Gibbs & Pitt patent action.
You see shotguns on this action occasionally but Ive yet to see a rifle built on one.
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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: Huvius]
      #315915 - 01/05/18 11:59 PM















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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: Huvius]
      #315916 - 02/05/18 12:00 AM

Im green with envy...
What a wonderful little rifle!

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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: Huvius]
      #315919 - 02/05/18 12:37 AM

Apparently built to the second, Jones action, variant of the British G. Gibbs T. Pitt patent No.284 of 1873. Because of the low patent use number, 25, I think it was made 1873 -74.

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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: kuduae]
      #315920 - 02/05/18 12:53 AM

That is nice - power of a .32/40 with the advantage of bullet diameter, it appears. Nice little rifle.

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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: Daryl_S]
      #315925 - 02/05/18 01:27 AM

Neat rifle!

Does anyone here have the patent drawings for that action?

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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: tinker]
      #315926 - 02/05/18 02:34 AM

I believe that's a shotgun. The rifle hasn't been shown yet.

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93x64mm
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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: casper50]
      #315928 - 02/05/18 06:55 AM

Exquisite engraving!
One very lucky pal of yours HistoricBore, I bet you'll both be chaffing at the bit to get it up & running!
Please send through your loading data when you get to that point.


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3DogMike
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Re: Rare Gibbs double .360 hammerless rifle?? [Re: casper50]
      #315929 - 02/05/18 08:02 AM

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I believe that's a shotgun. The rifle hasn't been shown yet.



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