SOLD FOR: $4052
Make: Kimber of Oregon
Model: 89 BGR African
Serial Number: AF0162
Year of Manufacture: 1990-1991
Caliber: .416 Rigby
Action Type: Bolt Action, Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “KIMBER OF OREGON, INC., CLACKAMAS, OREGON, U.S.A.” and “.416 Rigby”. The left of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “Kimber AFRICAN”. The bolt is unmarked.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade housed in a slotted ramped barrel band base. The front sight has a flip-up white bead and the base is slotted for a protective hood, one comes installed. The rear sight is a two-leaf express sight dovetailed into quarter length rib fixed to the barrel. One sight is fixed and has a white line aiming reference at the bottom of a wide “V” valley and the second is a flip-up sight with a shallow “V” valley. The top of the receiver has integral bases that are installed with a pair of two-piece quick detach rings holding a Swarovski 1.5-6×42 HABICHT scope. The scope has some scattered light handling marks and there are a few marks through the finish. The scope has a Swarovski 4A reticle and the glass is clear. The scope rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut with dark forend cap, metal capped pistol grip, fluted straight comb with cheekpiece, inlet sling mount in the belly, twin wood capped recoil crossbolts, and a solid brick red rubber Kimber buttpad. The pistol grip cap has a hinged door for storage. The second sling swivel is mounted to a barrel band base. There are some scattered scuffs, little marks through the finish, small compressions, and a couple of scratches. There is finish wear on the edge of the cheekpiece. There are a few patches of finish loss, most noticeable on the left side at the rear of the forend checkering. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 14” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the textured pad. The pad has light wear and some discoloration. The stock rates in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks and there is faint operational wear. The screw heads are undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a Brownellls military style leather sling, a spare front sight blade, a muzzle brake, an SKB hard case, and the previously described scope. The sling has a few light scuffs and hardly any creases, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The Kimber 89 BGR, or Big Game Rifle was introduced in 1988 after the company had success with their earlier Model 84 which used small calibers. The rifle was a hit and soon the demand overwhelmed production capabilities, and this ultimately led to their liquidation in 1991. They later reformed, but did so in Yonkers, New York with different backers and business interests. Collectors hold the Clackamas Oregon Kimbers in high regard, after picking it up you will see why. This is the African Model in .416 Rigby which features really nice walnut with beautiful checkering that really pops against the beautiful matte blue finish. Due the business struggles we mentioned, it is estimated that only 5,000 BGRs were even made. Those 5,000 include every grade made, and it is known that when you come across a model such as the African, it is a serious find…it is said that only a few hundred of this model were made. This rifle would make a great addition to just about any safe in America. Please see our photos and good luck!