Work continues on the World Heritage Rifle being made by New England Custom Gun this year for auction at the 2017 Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas.
The rifle is being built on a Johannsen Mauser action featuring a Lothar Walther barrel chambered in 9,3×62.
It has integral EAW scope mounts with a Schmidt & Bender scope, left-hand Recknagel “Secura” locking safety and Recknagel trigger. The barrel is equipped with NECG sights.
“There is an extended trigger guard tang featuring Evelyn Erns’ old English scroll engraving as is the balance of the rifle,” explained Mark Cromwell of New England Custom Gun. “The other feature we are incorporating into the gun’s engraving is following along the idea of the ‘World Heritage’ theme. We are having a map of Europe engraved on the floorplate then Evelyn will find a way to interweave engraving into it. Evelyn chose a nightscape image for the engraving of Europe on the floorplate since we elected to blue the bottom metal.
“The gun was engraved and then the action was case colored,” he continued. “The one unusual feature the gun will have is there will be 5 grip caps using a detachable system we had used many years ago. The gun will be displayed with an SCI World Heritage grip cap then there will be four additional grip caps, each featuring a European game animal one might hunt with a 9,3×62. There will be a boar, stag, roe deer and moose grip caps. Again the idea is to build a gun the owner will want to use in the field. This will allow him to “customize” it for the hunt.”
This rifle will be auctioned off during the Saturday evening event at the SCI Convention in Las Vegas. It honors Europe and is the third in a five-rifle series of World Heritage masterpieces.
The first rifle in the series in 2015 honored Africa and was created by John Bolliger’s Mountain Riflery. Next was a rifle honoring Asia by Rigby that brought a record $250,000 at this past SCI Convention.
Fourth in the series will be a rifle honoring Oceania by Ryan Breeding that will be auctioned in 2018, and the fifth and final rifle of the series will honor the Americas and will be made by John Bolliger’s Mountain Riflery.
The action and other metal parts have been color case hardened after being engraved by Evelyn Ern.
This year’s World Heritage rifle is the third in a five-rifle series. Each year, one rifle in that series, which honors one of the regions of the world, is auctioned off to the highest bidder during the Saturday evening events at the SCI Convention.–Steve Comus