Antique Evans Repeating Rifle Old Model .44 Evans Short, C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,675

WOA#: WY240214BT010

Make: Evans

Model: Old Model 44

Serial Number: None

Year of Manufacture: 1873-1876

Caliber: .44 Evans Short

Action Type: Tube Fed, Lever Action Rifle

Markings: This rifle has “EVANS REPEATING RIFLE MECHANIC FALLS, ME. / PAT DEC 8 1868 & SEPT 16 1871”

Barrel Length: 29”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass dovetail blade and the rear sight is a U-notch rear sight with a flip up volley sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a 3 piece stock set with 2 panels on the rear to create a buttstock and a forend. These stocks are worn with pressure dents and scratches. There are no cracks, but some chips. Overall this stock set rates at a Good condition for an antique.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some visible erosion in the bore. There is some odd scratching near the end of the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 6/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its metal finish. The entire rifle is covered in patina and light rust, there is still bluing on the barrel under the patina. The edges are worn. The screw heads are lightly worn Overall this rifle is in Good condition for an antique.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment:The Evans Old Model Repeating Rifle, chambered in .44 Short, stands out as a remarkable piece of late 19th-century firearm engineering. Manufactured by the Evans Repeating Rifle Company, it introduced a groundbreaking design feature: a helical tubular magazine positioned atop the barrel. This innovative magazine configuration allowed the rifle to hold an impressive 34 rounds of ammunition, far surpassing the capacities of contemporary rifles of its time.

Despite its innovative features and functional advantages, the Evans Repeating Rifle did not achieve widespread popularity compared to other rifles like the Winchester Model 1873. However, it garnered a loyal following among civilian shooters and hunters in the United States who appreciated its high ammunition capacity and smooth operation. Today, the Evans Old Model Repeating Rifle in .44 Short is highly esteemed by collectors and firearms enthusiasts alike, cherished for its historical significance and unique contribution to the evolution of rifle technology during the late 19th century.

Please check out the photos for more information, good luck on your bid! -R.E.

Antique Evans Repeating Rifle Old Model .44 Evans Short, C&R
Antique Evans Repeating Rifle Old Model .44 Evans Short, C&R