Antique “BISCHOP” Belgian Warnant Gallery Rifle
Flobert Style Rimfire Rifle for Target Shooting
Here we present an antique Flobert Style Warnant Gallery Rifle, made circa the late 19th century by Pierre Bischop of Liege, Belgium. Gallery rifles were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These would be set up in drinking establishments, at carnivals and even in people’s houses, as the ammunition used virtually only used the primer as propellant. These were very low velocity firearms and cartridges, making them relatively safe and quiet.
The top of the barrel is marked “BELGIUM”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P. BISCHOP/BREVETE” in an oval, “Crown/B”, among others. The left side of the barrel and breech block is marked with a litany of Belgian proof marks.
Overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are dark with age. The markings are clear and legible. The stock is in good condition. This rifle seems to have been used quite a bit as the rifling is worn nearly smooth. The action is functional, but worn and prone to firing when bumped or the hammer pushed.
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Barrel is 24-3/8 inches in length.
Caliber: .30 rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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