Lot 32: BENEDICT WINKLER AN AUSTRIAN 7X64MM BOLT-ACTION SPORTING RIFLE, NO. D14745

Gavin Gardiner Limited

April 18, 2018
London, United Kingdom

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Description: BENEDICT WINKLER AN AUSTRIAN 7X64MM BOLT-ACTION SPORTING RIFLE, NO. D14745 23 1/2-inch octagonal to round barrel with full length rib and fixed rear sight, the Mauser 98 receiver mounted with a Kahles telescopic sight in quick detachable mounts, the scope engraved with the name ''D. B. MacKenzie'', bolt with flag safety, the receiver, magazine base plate and trigger guard profusely engraved with Highland thistle emblems around scenes of deer in landscapes, double set trigger and tang safety, the full length stock with pistol grip, cheekpiece and ribbed butt plate, sling swivels, 8lb. 2oz., Austrian nitro proof S1 The rifle was built for Lt Col D B Mckenzie in 1945 and is engraved with Scottish motifs designed by the owner. D B McKenzie was born in 1894 and saw service in both World Wars. After many overseas posts, he returned to Europe in 1945 to be placed in charge of the Displaced Persons camps and was based in Klagenfurt, Austria. Ferlach was just a few miles away and in common with many British officers, he ordered himself a new sporting rifle to enjoy the local sport. He apparently struck up a friendship with Frau Bertha Krupp when he sought permission to fish her river and this rifle was a result of that introduction. He became liaison officer to the American forces in Salzberg and enjoyed his fishing and chamois shooting, returning home to Scotland in 1947. He died in 1976.
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