03 February 2017
Holt’s Auctioneers is selling a commemorative 40th anniversary .308WIN bolt-magazine sporting rifle made in 2009 by Warwickshire-based gunmaker RPA International Ltd.
Holt’s Auctioneers’ Chris Beaumont commented that the rifle was especially designed and manufactured to celebrate four decades of world class rifle production, “From an auction house perspective, being able to use the word unique in a description is always a real positive as you are telling the market this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire the item in question.
This RPA rifle is a great example, they are well known for producing excellent and accurate rifles – but this one, with its very fine walnut custom stock, the gold-plated finish and bespoke leather case and fittings makes it very special – and with the makers guarantee that it will never be reproduced, makes it truly exclusive.”
The gun features 24in unsighted fluted nitro barrel, threaded at the muzzle and with thread protecting cap, the knox form gold-inlaid RPA 40 YEARS, gold-plated receiver engraved with the RPA trade mark and mounted with a Swarovski Z6 1-6x24 telescopic sight, serial number R780421851, detachable box magazine with trigger guard mounted release lever, bolt with gold-plated cocking piece, gold-plated adjustable trigger, highly-figured thumbhole pistolgrip stock with cheek piece, 14 1/2in pull including 1in leather covered recoil pad, weight 10lb 2oz. It comes in a custom brass-cornered fitted leather case, the lid interior with gold-plated RPA trademark plaque, the case fitted for three gold-plated inert rounds and two RPA medallions, and it has a compartment containing a leather document wallet, alloy cocking piece and two gun case keys on an RPA trademarked leather fob. The case comes with two external straps (hitherto unfitted and never buckled).
The estimate is £4,000-6,000. Holt’s Auctioneers’ next auction in London is on Thursday 16th March.