Knob Creek ’13: An $80,000 rifle

While the Knob Creek Machine Gun shoot is known for all the machine guns here (which I’ll get to in subsequent posts), I had the pleasure of holding the most expensive gun I’ve ever held and so I wanted to write about it first.

Appraised at $80,000, this Austrian Fuchs-Fine .416 Remington Magnum double-barreled bolt-action rifle is a rarity. The root wood is beautiful, and it gives the rifle a ton of weight which is probably needed to help absorb the recoil energy.

The rifle has a double bolt with side-by-side double barrels which makes for an interesting design. Fuchs-Fine only makes large caliber rifles for big game, so think lions, elephants, and the like.


IMG_0554As you can see, there are ejection ports on both sides of the rifle, and so the cartridges are ejected on each side when the bolt is racked back.

Finally, take a look at the triggers. There is a front trigger and then a rear trigger to fire each shot. I thought it was interesting that the designer didn’t just have a single trigger that could fire one shot per trigger squeeze. I’m sure it’s still a hoot to shoot, regardless.


Here are some other pictures for your perusal:





Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Ryan

    That will go great with my double-barreled 1911! 😉 Just kidding! I love these oddities and I applaud the engineering feat. Good Lord, that is one hell of a bolt! Where are the locking lugs located?

    • Raven

      Almost looks to me like they’re at the rear of the bolt, locking up with (I assume) the rear receiver ring.

  • dan citizen

    Awesome action

  • CaptainSlaughterboard

    Side-by-side double bolt in one handle…?
    So they are both staright-pull action?

    • ducky

      The bolt handle and the locking lugs directly in front are rotating, the rest of the bolt not. Locks in the receiver behind the magazine. Like many .22 rifles do – “just” a lil bit sturdier.

    • Julio

      There’s just one bolt handle that operates a single bolt, which locks up like a bank vault at the rear. The large-calibre Fuchs double rifle are impressive, and surprisingly manageable, but their little .17HMR “Hummingbird” rifles are simply exquisite to handle, and the finishing on all their guns is out of this world. This video gives a good idea of how they work.

      • CaptainSlaughterboard

        Hmm, sry , I still couldn’t get that how they works.
        Where is the video?

        • CaptainSlaughterboard

          Ah, I googled it and got it now. nvm sry 😉
          Very nifty as hell. I like it.

  • Dan Atwater

    That’s about the coolest thing I’ve seen all week.

  • Anton Gray Basson

    Ooh a magazine fed double now that is sexy. But from a practial stand point there is nothing wrong with a classic double rifle or a good Mauser actioned single. I personally prefer using the latter for guiding.

  • Guest

    iirc they make an O/U version as well.

  • HCL3

    Most large bore double rifles have dual triggers, they are considered to be more reliable than a single selective trigger, something you would want in a rifle meant for hunting dangerous African game.

  • Ripley

    Now if it only had an underslung side by side shotgun, and a Hemingway-class tactical light.

  • gunslinger

    is the 80k stock price, or with optional finishes/accessories? what other calibers do they come in? stock price for them?

    I think that’s pretty awesome. I’d love to see a GIF or something of how it all works though

  • LRB

    Sweet mother of god that looks amazing.

  • West

    Amazing workmanship and style but I don’t see how anyone could ever shoot a lion or an elephant.

    • schizuki

      The other morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.

      • Mark

        How he got in my pajamas, I’ll never know…….

  • Hunter57dor

    i can see having issues with the single optic not lining up properly with both barrels. that would take some getting used to.

    ill stick with my american made semi auto thank you.

    • RocketScientist

      Historically these magnum double rifles have been used for dangerous game hunting, where reliability is paramount. When a lion/cape buffalo/elephant is charging you is NOT the time to be clearing a jam in your semi-auto so you can get the second shot off (at least thats the theory). As for the sighting issue, double-guns have to be very carefully ‘regulated’ to shoot at the same point of aim at a specific range, which is usually pretty close (these types of hunts usually take place close-in) so I imagine sighting-in your scope at a similar range would make sense. This tedious/time consuming regulation is part of the reason these guns have historically cost so much compared to their equally-high-quality single barrel brethren.

  • Jeff

    If it is magazine-fed, how many rounds will the magazine hold?

  • Casey

    Chris, those pants need to be at LEAST 200% tacticaler

    • El Duderino

      I can’t figure out if they are boxers, board shorts, flannel pajamas, or Chris hit the golf course before Knob Creek. 🙂

      • Did The Firearm Blog turn into The Fashion Blog while I’ve been on the road? 🙂

    • Mystick

      As well as I’ve seen this man shoot, he can wear whatever pants he wants. Even “Plaidoflage”…

    • Anonymoose

      They need to be at LEAST 200% more tweed. :L

  • Rock Island Auction


    Come to an auction sometime and we’ll up that $80,000 figure for you. You are welcome any time!

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    The inventor of the rifle found himself outnumbered by hostile elephants during a botched hunt. After diving into some thorny brush he managed to escape with his life. Vowing to never be under-gunned again, he built this beauty. So the story goes.

  • El Duderino

    Highly awesome.

    I won’t bother posting a link (go help yourself), but seeing a double rifle in action, with the shooter having 2 more ready to go in his fingers, is amazing. 4 very big hunks of metal in a very short amount of time.

  • Vhyrus

    I read the price tag, and then I read the name of the maker, and I said “Fuchs-Fine? for 80 grand it damn well ought to be better than ‘fine’!”

  • FourString

    holy fuch

  • metalfosho

    I’m confused as all hell on how a double barrel bolt action works. Looks like excellent craftsmanship, though.