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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.
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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