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1879 Hepburn Rifle

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30" tapered octagon standard weight barrel, pistol grip, schnabel forend, accent panels at receiver, double set trigges, color-cased receiver and smooth or checkered steel buttplate. Rifle shown with semi-fancy wood, soule midrange tang sight and globe with apps and spirit level front, forearm with ebony nose cap.

The Remington Hepburn 1880-1907

Designer: Lewis L. Hepburn

From 1858 through 1878, Lewis L. Hepburn made custom muzzleloading sporting rifles. The decline of his gunmaking business had caused Hepburn to turn his attention to related pursuits.

On April 24, 1875, Hepburn was granted US Patent (no. 162,473) for rebounding hammers on gun locks. Hepburn consigned this patent to E. Remington & Sons. On October 7, 1879, Lewis L. Hepburn received another US Patent (no. 220,426), this time covering a breechloading system that featured a dropping breechlock activated by a lever on the right side of the frame.

The 'No. 3' or 'Remington-Hepburn' rifles were introduced in a 'No. 3 Midrange' rifle for target competition - a sporting rifle with barrel sights as well as a long range Creedmoor target rifle.


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