Christoph Funk Double Barrel Bolt Action Hunting Rifle

    As part of their series on interesting weapons found at Rock Island Auction house, Forgotten Weapons has taken a look at something… A little different:

    The weapon is essentially a Mauser fitted for an under barrel .22 caliber single-shot rifle with a tilting chamber action, secured by a bolt handle. While, according to Ian, the gun really doesn’t feel any less wieldy than a normal sporting rifle (I suspect his perceptions may be colored by relatively front-heavy military rifles, but who knows), I do wonder if the correct solution to the problem this combination rifle is aiming to solve isn’t just reduced charge loads for smaller game.

    Given that the gun is a one-off custom piece, though, I’m sure there was a specific request involved. Perhaps the wife of the person who commissioned the rifle told him he owned too many guns, and could only have one!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]