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Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby NILESH THAKUR » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:10 pm

Hey guys you must have read stories of Corbett tracking down Maneaters now take a look at his double Rifle Jim Corbett's tiger rifle-the best quality boxlock .450-400(3") double rifle by W.J. Jeffery & Co., with which he killed so many man-eating tigers

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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby GAURAV SONDHI » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Wow Nilesh now that is a rifle with history ....where is it? would love to see it personally
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby shoot to kill » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:14 am

great work Nilesh, its a joy tothe eyes to view the weapons, Thanks
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby arshad_ahmad48 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:52 am

are these pics of any museum
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby NILESH THAKUR » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:32 pm

This rifle is in Elmer Keith Museum, at Cabela's, in Boise
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby nagarifle » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:28 pm

are you saying that this is the rifle of jim corbett? the actual one which he owned?

-- Wed Apr 14, 2010 20:30 --

eh so its not the actual one. i was wondering how it got out from India :D
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby ngrewal » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:09 am

Jim Corbett Probably owned quite a few rifles he must have taken few with him to Kenya.or it was taken out of India like many others by the infamous western dealers .still worth looking into it although if tru deserves in a museum in India.

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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby shooter » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:11 pm

Corbett left India after the Indipendence and took all his arms and trophies with him (which were with him at that time). He already had plantations in Kenya and kept going up and down but after 47, he knew he was going for good.

He started the 'tree tops' Which are now the world famoue tree tops and a must-do in the Kenyan safari

Lot of his rifles are still around. Recently there was an article in one of the shooting magazines by a gentleman who inherited the rifle given to him after he shot the Champawat man eater tigress who killed 436 humans.

Its a pity not much of his family survives. There are only a few copies remaining of a famous photo in which he is posing with the skins of all (?most) the man eaters he shot in his lifetime. If members here have access to it/can find it, kindly post it here.
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby ngrewal » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:13 am

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The fact that he owned a plantation in Kenya and started tree tops hotel is something new I learned.

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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby Vikram » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:20 am

ngrewal wrote:shooter

The fact that he owned a plantation in Kenya and started tree tops hotel is something new I learned.

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Another very interesting historical tidbit is that the present queen of England,then Princess Elizabeth went to spend some time at the Tree Tops.While she was there,her father King George VI passed away.Corbett wrote that

"For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess, and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience, she climbed down from the tree the next day a Queen— God bless her."

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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby brijendra » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:32 pm

i enjoyed all the posts and the history part of both gun and the great man :cheers:
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby shooter » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:55 pm

The original tree tops burned down by lighting / fire (i forget which); and the current tree tos is close to the original site.

Corbett died a few months after QE2 came and this account was published. Though this was his last book, it still retained the elegant writing style and of course the respect for his queen.

The scene he describes just before the princess climbed the ladder and the wild tuskers nearby and him describing it the most heroic act of all. (not being afraid of the elephant).

One can seen clearly see the awe (absolutely culturally relevant and normal for a white man in that era) he was in as in many of his previous works of maneaters, how he describes the villagers being courageous in fighting the various maneaters being the most courageous act and this act of the queen supposedly surpasses them all.

This is just an observation and i repeat again just as i have on other threads about carpet sahib that this doesnt mean or intend to mean that I respect him any less.
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby tobler69 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:52 am

hey,
my dad owns the same gun. for which i need the bullets, its 400/450 nice hand made with engravings. we have 9 bullets at present. nice 5-6 inches long brass nitro express.
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby NILESH THAKUR » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:17 pm

hi tobler69
please post the pic of the rifle
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Re: Take a look at JIM CORBETT's 450/400 Double Rifle

Postby amer4545 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:16 pm

Vikram wrote:
ngrewal wrote:shooter

The fact that he owned a plantation in Kenya and started tree tops hotel is something new I learned.

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Another very interesting historical tidbit is that the present queen of England,then Princess Elizabeth went to spend some time at the Tree Tops.While she was there,her father King George VI passed away.Corbett wrote that

"For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess, and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience, she climbed down from the tree the next day a Queen— God bless her."

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Amazing bit of history there Vikram...thanks for sharing. When are politicians hear about this, everyone will be climbing trees....and i just hope, they sit there waiting for destiny...lol
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