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.
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.