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English Sporting Rifles

When the subject of English rifles comes up, many think of names like Lee-Enfield, Holland & Holland, and Martini Henry. English sporting rifles are designed for hunting and slow-fire target competitions. Often, the caliber depends on the role the rifle will serve. Most competition shooting is done with small-bore rifles and hunting of large and dangerous game with large-bore magnum rounds. English sporting rifles have a long tradition of being overbuilt and well-designed functional firearms

Companies including Holland & Holland have greatly added to the mystique and class that surrounds the English sporting rifle. These rifles are often built to a standard rarely seen in other areas of manufacturing.

English sporting rifles are not highly functional, but often aesthetically pleasing. Rifle shooters in England face a wall of red tape to acquire a firearm, so when they purchase a one, it’s intended to last decades. English sporting rifles are sometimes status pieces and other times, the only rifle that can get the job done.


Quick Facts

  • John Patterson, the famed hunter of the Tsavo lions, used numerous English sporting rifles during his lion hunts
  • Theodore Roosevelt once said about Holland & Holland rifles, “I do not believe there exists a better weapon for heavy game”
  • English sporting rifle maker Westley Richards received eight royal warrants from multiple royal families

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** WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO. A .318 ACCELERATED EXPRESS BOLT-MAGAZINE SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. LT. 41653,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
** WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO. A .318 ACCELERATED EXPRESS BOLT-MAGAZINE SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. LT. 41653,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,000- £2,000
£1,6002 Bids
BSA MAJESTIC BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
BSA MAJESTIC BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
COGSWELL & HARRISON BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
COGSWELL & HARRISON BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,500- $4,500
$1,2000 Bids
Engraved Mortimer Back Action Percussion Shotgun
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Engraved Mortimer Back Action Percussion Shotgun
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $350- $600
$3000 Bids
Barnett Flintlock "Northwest" Trade Gun
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Barnett Flintlock "Northwest" Trade Gun
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Two "Northwest" Trade Style Guns
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two "Northwest" Trade Style Guns
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$7000 Bids
British Flintlock Baker Rifle Adapted for a Socket Bayonet
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
British Flintlock Baker Rifle Adapted for a Socket Bayonet
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,250- $5,500
$2,7500 Bids
English Baker Flintlock Rifle with Sword Bayonet
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
English Baker Flintlock Rifle with Sword Bayonet
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5000 Bids
"SLIGO M" Marked British India Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musk
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
"SLIGO M" Marked British India Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musk
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,500
$1,8000 Bids
"Ladies Prize 1862" London Armoury Co. P1853 Rifle-Musket
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
"Ladies Prize 1862" London Armoury Co. P1853 Rifle-Musket
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,500- $4,500
$3,0000 Bids
Two British Military Pattern Flintlock Long Guns
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two British Military Pattern Flintlock Long Guns
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,600- $2,500
$1,4000 Bids
Two BSA Shirley Bolt Action SMLE Rifles
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Two BSA Shirley Bolt Action SMLE Rifles
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,3000 Bids
Cane Air Rifle Set by John Blisset of London with Inscribed Case
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Cane Air Rifle Set by John Blisset of London with Inscribed Case
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$9000 Bids
A RARE .22 BRITISH DIANA G55 UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 550018,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A RARE .22 BRITISH DIANA G55 UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 550018,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £180- £220
£1800 Bids
AN EARLY .177 BSA AIRSPORTER S MKI UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. EP00822,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY .177 BSA AIRSPORTER S MKI UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. EP00822,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
£1500 Bids
A SCARCE .177 BSA MERLIN MKII UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. KA6089,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A SCARCE .177 BSA MERLIN MKII UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. KA6089,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £100- £150
£1000 Bids
A RARE .22 NORMAN MAY 'VIXEN' WEIHRAUCH HW35 EXPORT BREAK-BARREL AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 731072,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A RARE .22 NORMAN MAY 'VIXEN' WEIHRAUCH HW35 EXPORT BREAK-BARREL AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 731072,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
A SCARCE .25 (6.3mm) WEIHRAUCH HW80K BREAK-BARREL AIR-RIFLE, no visible serial number,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A SCARCE .25 (6.3mm) WEIHRAUCH HW80K BREAK-BARREL AIR-RIFLE, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
£1500 Bids
A SCARCE .177 PARK RIFLE CO. RECOILLESS TWIN-PISTON DELUXE AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 1307,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A SCARCE .177 PARK RIFLE CO. RECOILLESS TWIN-PISTON DELUXE AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 1307,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
A RARE GENUINE LEFT-HAND .177 SPORTSMATCH GC2 PRE-CHARGED PNEUMATIC AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 023,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A RARE GENUINE LEFT-HAND .177 SPORTSMATCH GC2 PRE-CHARGED PNEUMATIC AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 023,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
A SCARCE .177 BSA CLUB UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. EA19608,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A SCARCE .177 BSA CLUB UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. EA19608,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Sporting Rifles


Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd