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.