SOLD FOR: $11,825
Make: Friedrich Wilhelm Heym, Germany, Imported by Paul Jaeger Inc. Grand Junction. TN
Model: 88B Safari Double Rifle
Serial Number: 81942
Year of Manufacture: Late 1990s
Caliber: .470 Nitro Express
Action Type: Bolstered Boxlock Side by Side Rifle. There are pin type cocking indicators.
Markings: The right barrel is marked “MADE IN W. GERMANY” and the left is marked “KRUPP-SPECIAL LAUFSTAHL”. The center rib is marked “PAUL JAEGER INC. GRAND JUNCTION. TN”. The water table is marked with the serial number and the Nitro Proof. The underside of the frame is marked “FREDRICK WILH. HEYM”. The underside of both barrels are marked “720 N.E” and both with the Nitro Proof. The left barrel is marked “91H” and the right is marked with the serial number. All markings have been photographed.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade, fixed to a nicely shaped ramp between the barrels at the muzzle. There is a 1/3rd length matted rib between the barrels where one standing notch, three folding leaf express rear sights marked 50, 100 and 150 are installed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are beautifully hand checkered oil finished wood, with strikingly beautiful figure in the grain. There is a full pistol grip with metal tang, and a blued front strap extending from the pistol grip cap to the trigger guard. The cap and screws are engraved. An Old English butt pad has been installed, with black spacer. Front and rear sling swivel studs are installed with quick detach swivels. There is a swept right hand cheek piece on the left side of the stock. There are a few marks on the belly of the stock behind the rear swivel, one tiny nick at the right rear of the comb and surface marking on the underside of the forearm and at the wrist. There is one depression in the right side of the forearm at the front of the express sights. The checkering is sharp and most of this wear is probably from removing and replacing the guns next to this one in the safe. The LOP measures 14 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Old English butt pad, which is soft and still in Excellent condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Coin finish Frame & Hardware, Blued Barrels
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. While not unfired, there have been less than 25 rounds through each bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows one tiny surface mark in the underside of the left barrel between the sling swivel and the muzzle. The barrels are hardly even marked from the forearm. There are no scratches to the frame or coin finished pieces of hardware other than the brush finish applied during construction. This brush finish shows one imperfection on the right side of the receiver at the rear engraving. There is light marking at the upper tang from operation of the safety. The screw heads are unturned and engraved. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and is incredibly tight. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Where do we begin? We have sold many hundreds of high quality firearms, but this one certainly rises to the top. This is a very known and respected German maker and the work in this rifle is evidence and justification for his renown. You will not find a more well made or better fit firearm, and you will certainly not find one easily for sale. These rifles seem to only be sold used when their owner’s pass and were it not for that; we would not be handling the sale of this beauty. While this rifle has been to Africa on Safari, it was taken as a backup for its identical sister and never taken out of the case. The round is as famous, if not more so than the maker and if it walks on this planet, the round will drop it – you probably won’t even need the second shot.
SOLD FOR: $11,825