SOLD FOR: $1375
Model: Gibbs Rifle
Serial Number: DA116986
Year of Manufacture: 2008 (CC date code), ATF Antique
Caliber: .45 Caliber, Black Powder Only
Action Type: Muzzleloaded, Percussion Rifle
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked with the serial number “DA116986”, features “CC” Italian date mark, Italian proof marks, “(DP)”, and is marked “PEDERSOLI – ITALY CAL .45 / BLACK POWDER ONLY”.
Barrel Length: 36”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a globe sight with a spirit level. The sight accepts removable inserts, currently an aperture insert is installed. There are 14 additional inserts included, with a variety of apertures and posts. The rear sight is a Pedersoli English Creedmoor peep sight, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered wood with ebony nosecap, capped pistol grip, straight comb and steel buttplate. There is a metallic inlay in the belly of the stock. There is a small nick at the rear of the forend checkering on the left. Otherwise, there is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 14 3/8” from the trigger to the buttplate. The plate has little in the way of wear, but there is surface oxidation scattered around the edges and on the top tang. Overall the stocks rate in Fine-plus condition and would rate Excellent but for the oxidation on the buttplate.
Type of Finish: The barrel is blue and the guard, lockplate, breech-plug and tang are case colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains 95% of its original finish. There is a patch of surface erosion about 6” from the muzzle on the bottom of the barrel. There are a few other scattered minor marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
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: This rifle comes in a two-piece cardboard Pedersoli box with serial-matching label. The box is in Fair-Good condition with a few tears and holes but it serves the rifle well. The styrofoam cover and case for the rifle have been slightly damaged from past use, but still retain their shapes and can hold both the rifle and its accessories. The owner included a brass funnel and aluminum ramrod which are new in their cases and an older ramrod which has seen some use. There is a Pedersoli bullet mol, push through sizing die, and the extra reticles for the front sight. Also included is a wrapped David Pedersoli DVD and sealed owners. There is a worn Pedersoli Shooters Association invitation, Cabela’s instruction manual for muzzleloading rifles, pistols and shotguns, a David Pedersoli catalogue, a warranty form which has never been filled out, a USA 446 Gibbs Tang Sight Manual, a USA 446 Diottra English sight manual in Italian, a manual for using the front spirit level sight, and a “Pedersoli Gibbs Muzzle Loading Percussion Lock Rifle instructions And Advice For The Long Range Shooting”.
Our Assessment: The Pedersoli Gibbs Rifle is a .45 Caliber, blackpowder, muzzle loaded, percussion target rifle. It is a recreation of the 1865 vintage percussion rifle made by George Gibbs of London, which was highly coveted in its time. This percussion rifle has seen little use and has minimal wear and is perfect for competition shooting. The Pedersoli Gibbs rifle holds several NRA of America and international long range records out to 1,000 yards as well as records for shorter ranges. This rifle is a perfect way to enter the challenging sport of muzzle loading match competition. Goodluck on your bid!