Make: Belgian, Pieper Flober-Warnant
Model: Flobert, Parlor, or Gallery Rifle
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: This is the last and finest of the Flobert designed rifles and is likely from the mid to late 1920’s. If you can help us date this rifle more accurately we would appreciate it.
Caliber: .32 cal. Rimfire
Action Type: Swing Breech
Markings: There is a Belgian proofmark under the swinging breech on the left side of the receiver, and several under the barrel that are visible with the stock removed.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a blade front sight and a notch rear sight, each dovetailed into the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are varnished, checkered wood. The checkering is smooth. There is considerable wear, a repaired crack under the barrel, another around the wrist, and an incorrect plastic butt plate has been fitted. The LOP measures 13 3/8”. The stocks rate in about fair overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore shows some darkness and the rifling is a bit worn. There is some modest erosion, but this bore is still shootable.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 50% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows considerable plum colored patina. There is a bit of rust on the inside of the intricate trigger guard. The Screw heads are serviceable. The markings are visible. Overall, this gun rates in about Fair condition.
Mechanics: The action is a simple one, and appears to function normally; the hammer cocks, and the trigger trips the hammer. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: What an interesting slice of firearms history! In his book "Single Shot Rifles and Actions," noted authority Frank de Haas said, that this rifle is "the best and final improvement on the Flobert action." . This rifle is chambered in .32 rimfire, which isn't a very useful cartridge. In its day, the "long" version of the 32 rimfire was fair-to-middling for hunting small game at short range as its low energy didn't ruin a lot of meat, but its comparatively large caliber allowed clean kills on smaller animals. This rifle appears to have been well-make, and features the elevated Belgian Crown over Oval proofmark, a tribute to quality construction. We cannot recommend it as anything more than a conversation-starting wall hanger, but it is a very intriguing gun!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible.
|Payment and Shipping Instructions:|
UPS Insured shipping will cost $25. To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we may disassemble long guns by removing stocks when it is possible & easy and will not damage the wood or screws. We will also break down takedowns. We have had problems with rough carrier handling breaking the stocks at the wrist, and since we have begun to disassemble, we have not had any breakage. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please let us know as soon as you win the bid. We package all merchandise for shipment on the Monday following the sale.
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