Whitworth Rifle Reproduction

Whitworth rifle

Italian firearms maker Davide Pedersoli & C. is expected to show off a reproduction of the Whitworth rifle at the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany next month.

Not much is known about the “new” rifle. But, the company has stated that the .451 caliber rifle will have a hammer forged barrel with a browned finish. The barrel has hexagonal rifling, which is true to the original. Additionally, the gun will have a stock made of American walnut. The lock work will have a light color case hardened finish. At this time, there is no suggested retail price or information on if the guns will be exported to the United States.

The rifle was originally designed by Sir Joseph Whitworth after being commissioned by Great Britain to develop a replacement rifle for the Enfield Pattern 1853. It is said that during testing, the gun was fired by Queen Victoria who made 400 yard shots with it.

Ultimately, the gun was rejected for British service, but did find its way into the hands of the French and Confederate States of America (CSA) armies. During the American Civil War, CSA sharpshooters would use the Whitworth to good effect, taking a toll on officers and artillerymen of the United States Army.

Pedersoli is well known for its classic gun reproductions such as the 1874 Sharps Light and the 1877 Sharps.

The IWA Outdoor Classics show features shooting and outdoor products similar to the SHOT Show in the United States. At the 2015 show, there were nearly 1,400 exhibitors and more than 41,000 attendees.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Heretical Politik

    Cast lead bullets over black powder through a hexagonal barrel? Somewhere in Glockland, a lawyer just had a heart attack.

    • Ken

      Paper patched too.

      • Kelly Jackson

        State of the art. 1870s Africa.

        • Southpaw89

          And an impressive 3 rounds per minute.

  • iksnilol

    People bothered with the .45 caliber poodleshooters in spite of .69 calibers exisiting?

    People are weird.

    • codfilet

      Velocity and trajectory. A .69 ball has a trajectory like a softball thrown underhand-a .45 ball has a trajectory like a major-league fastball.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, but it is so small it will barely wound your opponent.

        • codfilet

          Maybe you ought to ask Gen John Sedgewick about that. His last words were something like “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dista……….”

          • iksnilol

            Purely anecdotal, besides, more people are killed with .22 LR than any other caliber. Nobody is suggesting Buckmarks and MK2s for defense, now are they?

          • Zachary marrs

            Ever been to an American gun show?

          • iksnilol

            No, though I wouldn’t mind. I’ve practiced my Southern drawl you see.

    • Tassiebush

      It’s a conical projectile. In fact i’m pretty sure they were special projectiles shaped to fit the rifling. These pretty much had one of the longest effective ranges for a rifle in the American civil war.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, but range doesn’t matter when it is so small.

        Looking at it realistically, you can’t really expect a .45 slug to drop somebody.

        • Tassiebush

          Darn it you were joking and I’ve fallen for it!

          • iksnilol

            Ah, gave my self up too easily in the end 😛

          • Tassiebush

            Haha I was about to start outlining how a 45cal 530grain bullet at 1200fps seems respectable.

  • Mike

    I wish Pedersoli would make a replica of the Baker Rifle. I’d buy one. But I guess there just isn’t a market for it.

    • Tom

      Surely you cant be serious someone somewhere must make one. Even if the market is pretty small I imagine people would be willing to pay a pretty penny for one.

      • kyphe

        Peter Dyson has been hand building baker rifles for years in the UK, they cost £3500 and there is a waiting list.

  • codfilet

    I can imagine some of the NSSA guys will be getting these, but not much point for regular CW reenactors that just shoot loose powder poured down the spout. It sounds like it will be a beautiful rifle, and certainly not cheap.

    • Ken

      There are a lot of guys who shoot the muzzle loading heavy barrel target rifles, like the Gibbs rifle. I’d imagine they’d buy one of these too.

  • iksnilol

    Pfft, probably can’t hit an elephant a-

  • zxcv

    Cool, are they also going to sell the polygon shaped steel bullets to go with it or are you just stuck using a lead round ball?

  • Will P.

    I’m drooling at bit at this, I have wanted a Whitworth for years. If they could make this a combo with the specialty mold included, I’ll be broke yet again. Damn all these guns I want!

  • schizuki

    American walnut on a British rifle?

    Nitpicking. Want one.

  • koko

    Oh, the Pedersoli resurrecting some of the late and lamented Euroarms products, how surprising. Most likely for twice the price and one and a half quality control more. In next five years they will output the Rogers and Spencer revolver as a new and revolutionary reproduction.