Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Abercrombie & Fitch Rifle

The Abercrombie & Fitch rifle: a rare piece of firearms history. Today's youth recognize the brand as a stylish clothier-- a purveyor of hippie clothing and frankinsense. The stores have mood lighting, loud music, and models with hopeless, confused looks on their faces-- suggesting the combined weight of the world and their 1-series BMW is far too much for shoulders to bear.

However, the Abercrombie & Fitch store of yesteryear was a different animal. At its New York City location, you could buy the finest outdoors equipment in the world-- including guns. Famous adventurers like Amelia Earhart, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Clark Gable frequented the store. Ernest Hemingway even bought the gun he committed suicide with from A&F. Famous weapons manufacturers, including Weatherby, were commissioned to build special edition firearms for the company.

This particular specimen was brought into our shop by a former Marine. Marines take care of their guns. So, even though it's over 60 years old, the rifle is still in excellent, showroom condition. (Younger shooters take note: even if you don't shoot your weapons, make sure to take them out of the safe on a regular basis for cleaning and maintenance.)

From what we know, this rifle was made by Weatherby in the 1930s or 40s and purchased from the New York City Abercrombie & Fitch store. It's chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum and has "Made in England" and British BNP proof marks stamped into the barrel and receiver. The rifle even sports an Abercrombie & Fitch 3.5-9x40 scope. We've seen A&F rifles and shotguns fetch upwards of $9k at auction. Right now, this spectacular rifle is on Gunbroker starting at $1500: [View Gunbroker Auction]. Proceeds of the auction go to our client, a USMC Korean War veteran.

If you know anything about Abercrombie & Fitch rifles, please feel free to contact me. I'd appreciate any information that you can share.

Have a good one!

-- Evan

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