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    Modern take on the 19th Century "Buggy Rifle".........

    In the 1970's Hopkins and Allen muzzleloaders reproduced a copy of the 19th century "buggy rifle"....My 12 year old self was fascinated by the concept....I had always wanted to do that in a modern firearm but the opportunity never arose...A friend had acquired this H&R handi rifle in 44 magnum at a Louisville Pawn Shop that someone had cut and recrowned the barrel to a little over 16.5 inches, added front and rear sites, removed the hammer extension for scope use, removed the ejector so empties could just be lifted out and not gone with the wind, removed the rail and then duracoated the whole rifle....I told him if he ever got rid of it to let me know....Long story short...Merry Christmas to me....I love this thing....






    The 19th century "buggy rifle"and the page from Shooters Bible that started this quest.....










    So here she is....One of a kind...The handi rifle never made....I had to measure the barrels six times with three different tape measures!!! Like side by sides a break action barrel is one compact package due to four inches of the barrel being on top of the frame...Will be handy around the farm or while exploring the property on the Mule...

    Thanks for letting me share.....
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    Marksman

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    Early 90's I had a Hopkins & Allen repo in .45 made somewhere SW Indy IIRC and shipped direct mail order to me. Pretty cherry stock, didn't care for the debris to the face from the under hammer. Any idea who or what Company was making these back then?

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    That is a really neat handi rifle. I think something like that in .44 Mag would sell well.
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    Plinker

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    Looks real handi!! What caliber is this version?

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    Grandmaster indiucky's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crandall Crank View Post
    Looks real handi!! What caliber is this version?
    .44 magnum....
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    I'm 'bout to revoke your historian card Indi... how about some background on what a "Buggy Rifle is?" I haven't a clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indiucky View Post
    In the 1970's Hopkins and Allen muzzleloaders reproduced a copy of the 19th century "buggy rifle".......Will be handy around the farm or while exploring the property on the Mule...

    Thanks for letting me share.....
    That is a nice looking rifle.. But what are the Characteristics that a rifle must have to be a Buggy Rifle...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutnupe14 View Post
    I'm 'bout to revoke your historian card Indi... how about some background on what a "Buggy Rifle is?" I haven't a clue.
    The term was coined in the 19th century to mean a very compact, short rifle, some with removable butt stocks, often wire, that were meant to be kept beside your seat as you traveled about in your buggy/wagon.....They originated in the Middle East in flintlock and by the 1850s, here in the east the horse drawn buggy had overtaken the horse as the main mode of travel.....

    Here are some examples...









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    Quote Originally Posted by indy1919a4 View Post
    That is a nice looking rifle.. But what are the Characteristics that a rifle must have to be a Buggy Rifle...???
    See above brother...
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    Quote Originally Posted by indiucky View Post
    The term was coined in the 19th century to mean a very compact, short rifle, some with removable butt stocks, often wire, that were meant to be kept beside your seat as you traveled about in your buggy/wagon.....They originated in the Middle East in flintlock and by the 1850s, here in the east the horse drawn buggy had overtaken the horse as the main mode of travel.....

    Here are some examples...





    Now that's some good gun history to know.
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