** CLAUDE BOUCHET
A REMARKABLE PETIOT (MOF)-ENGRAVED .460 WM SINGLE-TRIGGER HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 1 87,
for 1985, 26 1/2in. single-billet Chrome-Molybdenum nitro barrels, chequered sight rib with blued banner engraved in script 'Claude Bouchet a Flamarens', open sights and block-mounted blade fore-sight, heavily bolstered treble-grip action with hidden third bite, manual safety with gold-inlaid 'S' detail, hand-detachable lockplates with gold-washed tumbler pivots, partially gold-washed lockwork, gold-washed trigger, the action, lockplates and furniture fully carved in high relief with fine scrolling acanthus and floral designs on a stippled background, the underside carved with a buffalo, the lockplates with elephant and rhino, the standing breech signed 'Pierre Petiot - MOF', bright finish overall, 13 1/2in. well-figured roachbelly stock rebated at the head and with internal stock bolt, carved with panels of ornately bordered fish-scale chequering at the hand and with rococo designs to the butt, the fore-end decorated en suite and with gold-washed push button release, weight 20lb. 15oz., in its fitted oak and velveteen-lined brass-cornered leather case with accessories
Provenance: Claude Bouchet is unique in both his approach and design of best double rifles. Of the seven he has so far produced, no two are identical. Of impressive proportions, each of his rifles demonstrate a number of innovations and design features to maximise efficiency and safety. Taking an average of a three years to produce each example, his philosophy is focused on advancing the 'State of the Art', aiming to produce the strongest and most powerful guns in existence to the very highest standard. The only part of the rifles he does not make exclusively by hand, in house, are the barrels - milled and deep hole drilled from a single billet of Chrome-Molybdenum steel at a nearby Aerospace machine shop before being hand polished and rifled by him in the workshop.
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act