SOLD FOR: $1825
Make: A. Uberti of Italy, Distributed by Cimarron Arms of Texas
Model: 1885 High Wall Falling Block Rifle
Serial Number: S07139
Year of Manufacture: 2008 (CC Date Code)
Caliber: .38-55 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Operated Falling Block Single Shot Action w/ Double Set Triggers
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED FOR THE / -CIMARRON REPEATING ARMS CO. FREDERICKSBURG TEXAS-” and “CAL .38-55”. The front underside of the receiver is marked “CAT.10499”. The lower tang is marked with the serial number. The upper tang is marked “A. UBERTI-ITALY”. The left protected side of the upper tang is marked with two Italian proof marks, the “CC” date code, and the serial number. The left side of the lower tang is marked “311”.
Barrel Length: 30” Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a flip-up globe aperture with a post reticle that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notched semi-buckhorn elevator sight that is dovetailed into the top of the barrel and secured with a set screw. The upper tang has a drilled, tapped, and filled hole for mounting a tang sight (not included). The fill screw does not appear to be original.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered hardwood with a lacquer finish over a reddish stain. The forend has a Schnabel tip and the buttstock has a pistol grip with a straight comb and a crescent shaped blued steel buttplate. The buttplate has a trapdoor in its center for storage of cleaning equipment. There is a light scuff in the checkering on the right side of the forearm. The buttstock has some light marks on the sides and there is a minor stain on the left side of the wrist. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13” and 13 3/4” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows very light wear at the heel and toe, and a few light handling marks. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel is blued. The receiver, its tangs and the lever are case colored.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The case coloring is slightly receding at the front edges of the receiver. There are a few very light marks on the barrel and receiver. The hammer knurling is sharp. The screw heads are sharp except. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position and the single trigger breaks crisply. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: In 1879 John Browning was granted a patent for a new rifle design that was to become one of the most famous single shot rifles ever produced. It was sleek, symmetrical, and very strong. The design was better than anything available at that time, including the legendary Sharps. The Browning rifle was of falling block design, with a centrally located trigger. The lever was a graceful S shape, and the hammer recessed into the action for easy loading and extraction. It is still, to this day, one of the best single shot rifles ever designed. John Browning was twenty-four years old. Over the next few years, John and his brothers manufactured approximately six hundred of his single shot rifles before the manufacturing rights were sold to Winchester, who introduced the rifle as their Model 1885 Single Shot. This Model 1885 High-Wall rifle is a replica made by A. Uberti of Italy. The rifle has a blued barrel with vivid case coloring in the receiver, lever and tangs. The forend has a Schnabel tip and the buttstock has a checkered pistol grip with a crescent shaped blued buttplate. There is a trapdoor in the buttplate for storage of cleaning equipment. The rifle is in about Excellent condition and its 30” heavy barrel is chambered in .38-55 Winchester. This rifle would be great for BPCR silhouette matches and for SASS Long Range Single Shot side matches. It can also be used for hunting any North American game animal. Please see our photos and good luck!