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Antique Single Shot Rifles

Single-shot muskets were the first widespread firearm in use by military forces and hunters worldwide. These early firearms later gained rifling in the barrel and became known as rifles. Single-shot rifles were used by military forces during the matchlock and flintlock eras, then percussion, and later, metallic cartridges. Antique single shots were very simple, and this simplicity made them reliable with a long service life.

Even after the repeating rifle became more popular and widespread, antique single-shot rifles were kept in service. They were often utilized by hunters for big game in Africa, the western United States, and the northern frontier. As smaller, faster-caliber cartridges became more and more popular, companies still produced single-shot rifles for their simplicity and low price.

Single-shot rifles often fed families during the Great Depression and they are still treasured today. Many antique single-shot rifles are still capable of being fired due to their simplicity and the craftsmanship that went into building them.


Quick Facts

  • The Springfield 1873 single-shot rifle in .45-70 served the U.S. military until 1892 when it was replaced by Krag-Jorgensen rifle
  • The single-shot rifle is a simple weapon, but there are six different action types for single-shot rifles
  • The Model 1885 single-shot rifle has been chambered in more calibers than any rifle in history and is still produced

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A .380 (C/F LONG-RIFLE) MARTINI-PATENT ROOK & RABBIT RIFLE SIGNED PERRINS & SON, serial no. 3380,
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A .380 (C/F LONG-RIFLE) MARTINI-PATENT ROOK & RABBIT RIFLE SIGNED PERRINS & SON, serial no. 3380,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £300- £500
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Antique Flintlock Rifle 56" Length
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Antique Flintlock Rifle 56" Length
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Est: $100- $200
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Five Single Shot Rifles
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
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Est: $400- $600
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MODEL 1841 ELI WHITNEY CONTRACT RIFLE
Mar 24, 10:00 AM EDT
MODEL 1841 ELI WHITNEY CONTRACT RIFLE
by Milestone Auctions
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A .461 (GIBBS No.1) FIELD'S PATENT SINGLE-SHOT TARGET RIFLE BY GEORGE GIBBS, serial no. L1960,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A .461 (GIBBS No.1) FIELD'S PATENT SINGLE-SHOT TARGET RIFLE BY GEORGE GIBBS, serial no. L1960,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0000 Bids
Five Single Shot Rifles
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Five Single Shot Rifles
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Est: $400- $600
$3500 Bids
Four Stevens Single Shot Firearms
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Four Stevens Single Shot Firearms
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Est: $450- $750
$4000 Bids
H.M. Quackenbush Single Shot Junior Safety Rifle with Box
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
H.M. Quackenbush Single Shot Junior Safety Rifle with Box
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $900
$4500 Bids
Four Stevens Favorite Single Shot Long Guns
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Four Stevens Favorite Single Shot Long Guns
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Est: $400- $600
$3500 Bids
Stevens Tip Up Single Shot Rifle
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Stevens Tip Up Single Shot Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $400- $600
$3500 Bids
J. Stevens & Co. Tip-Up Rifle
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J. Stevens & Co. Tip-Up Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$5000 Bids
SAVAGE MODEL 99 TAKEDOWN RIFLE .250-3000
Mar 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SAVAGE MODEL 99 TAKEDOWN RIFLE .250-3000
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Est: $500- $700
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Three Single Shot Rimfire Rifles
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Three Single Shot Rimfire Rifles
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Est: $350- $550
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Three Single Shot Rifles
Mar 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Single Shot Rifles
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Est: $600- $1,000
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Citadel Rebuilt BSA Martini-Henry Mk. III Single Shot Rifle
Mar 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Citadel Rebuilt BSA Martini-Henry Mk. III Single Shot Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $250- $500
$2000 Bids
St. Etienne Lebel Model 1907-15 Bolt Action Rifle
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St. Etienne Lebel Model 1907-15 Bolt Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $250- $450
$2000 Bids
ANTIQUE DUTCH BEAUMONT VITALI WITH BAYONET
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ANTIQUE DUTCH BEAUMONT VITALI WITH BAYONET
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Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Single Shot Rifles


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd