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American Sporting Rifles

The American sporting rifle is a term that is always evolving and changing, much as firearms have evolved and changed. Initially, American sporting rifles were rifles that lacked traditional military features.

Sporting rifles did not have bayonets or bayonet lugs, heavy wooden handguards, or accessories like heat shields or steel butt pads. They were traditionally used for hunting and competition shooting. American sporting rifles now range from the classic Winchester 1892 rifles to weapons like the AR-15, which is considered a modern sporting rifle.

American sporting rifles are reputed for their simple nature, reliability, and overall high quality. American sporting rifles range in caliber from diminutive rimfire rounds to .30 caliber and beyond. American sporting rifles like the Remington 700 can be found in deer blinds, and modern rifles like the AR-15 are incredibly popular in action sport shooting including 3-gun competitions. The American sporting rifle is one that will continue to be popular and evolve as time passes.


Quick Facts

  • Modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 are used for action-shooting sports, slow-fire bullseye, and even hunting
  • Many American sporting rifles are derived from advancements in military arms. These rifles are often known as sporters or rifles that have been sporterized
  • American sporting rifles including the Remington 700 and Winchester Model 70 have been converted into American military rifles

Recommended Items at Auction

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RARE M1841 MISSISSIPPI RIFLE BY TRYON - 1847 WITH GROSZ CONVERSION
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
RARE M1841 MISSISSIPPI RIFLE BY TRYON - 1847 WITH GROSZ CONVERSION
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$42514 Bids
Shiloh Rifle MFG Co. 45 CAL Black Powder Rifle
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Shiloh Rifle MFG Co. 45 CAL Black Powder Rifle
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$3508 Bids
Smith Corona Bolt Action Rifle W/ Scope
Apr 19, 12:00 PM MST
Smith Corona Bolt Action Rifle W/ Scope
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1208 Bids
STEVENS TIP-UP SINGLE SHOT RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
STEVENS TIP-UP SINGLE SHOT RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $750
$4756 Bids
TWO AIR RIFLES AND PROP GUN
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
TWO AIR RIFLES AND PROP GUN
by Jackson's International
Est: $25- $50
$805 Bids
3 EARLY MARKHAM KING BB GUNS
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
3 EARLY MARKHAM KING BB GUNS
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $200
$1305 Bids
TAURUS MODEL 62 STAINLESS PUMP RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
TAURUS MODEL 62 STAINLESS PUMP RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$2505 Bids
SAVAGE 99E LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
SAVAGE 99E LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$3504 Bids
SAVAGE MODEL 111 BOLT ACTION RIFLE WITH SCOPE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
SAVAGE MODEL 111 BOLT ACTION RIFLE WITH SCOPE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$2754 Bids
ANTIQUE STEVENS MODEL 34 HUNTERS PET TIP UP RIFLE
Apr 28, 3:00 PM PDT
ANTIQUE STEVENS MODEL 34 HUNTERS PET TIP UP RIFLE
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$3254 Bids
SEARS ROEBUCK MODEL 25 SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
SEARS ROEBUCK MODEL 25 SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$1004 Bids
VINTAGE QUACKENBUSH NO. 2 AIR RIFLE
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE QUACKENBUSH NO. 2 AIR RIFLE
by Jackson's International
Est: $75- $125
$803 Bids
SEAR ROEBUCK MODEL 43 BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
SEAR ROEBUCK MODEL 43 BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$753 Bids
CHIPMUNK YOUTH SINGLE SHOT BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
CHIPMUNK YOUTH SINGLE SHOT BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$752 Bids
J. STEVENS NO. 40 NEW MODEL POCKET RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
J. STEVENS NO. 40 NEW MODEL POCKET RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $700- $1,100
$4502 Bids
MOSSBERG MODEL 146B BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
MOSSBERG MODEL 146B BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
STEVENS FAVORITE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
STEVENS FAVORITE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
QUACKENBUSH MODEL 4 AIR RIFLE
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
QUACKENBUSH MODEL 4 AIR RIFLE
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$801 Bid
HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON MODEL 165 "LEATHERNECK"
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON MODEL 165 "LEATHERNECK"
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
SAVAGE MK II TR BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
SAVAGE MK II TR BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $450
$1501 Bid
Harrington & Richardson Reising Model 60 Carbine
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Harrington & Richardson Reising Model 60 Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6001 Bid
ATLAS MODEL 1900 LEVER ACTION AIR RIFLE
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
ATLAS MODEL 1900 LEVER ACTION AIR RIFLE
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$801 Bid
PAIR OF SCARCE VINTAGE AIR RIFLES
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
PAIR OF SCARCE VINTAGE AIR RIFLES
by Jackson's International
Est: $200- $400
$1601 Bid
TOWER & LYON MODEL COLUMBIA AIR RIFLE
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
TOWER & LYON MODEL COLUMBIA AIR RIFLE
by Jackson's International
Est: $75- $150
$601 Bid

Sellers Who Sell American Sporting Rifles


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Jackson's International

Jackson's International