Rifle No. 16855 was completed in April 1913 for His Excellency Sardar Zafar. The rifle was specified with detail, I imagine by a keen sportsman who knew exactly what he wanted. The rifle has an unusual walnut extension wrapping over the top of the barrels which surrounds the express sights and tangent sight which are engraved out to 1000 yds. A WR long pattern telescope was also fitted for that extra distance! The rifle also has a special chamber in the butt to hold 5 live rounds of ammunition as well as extra wide sling swivels, single selective trigger, bolted safe and side plates.
Elaborately engraved for the time, the rifle has 3 gold inlaid scenes and again unusually, an enamel portrait of the owner on the top lever. The top of the barrel is inscribed in gold in Farsi.
“Farmayesh-e-Hazrate-e-Sardar Zafar haj khosrow khan-e-Bakhtyari Sane-ye-1330”
which translates as:
“Ordered by (Hazrate-e-Sardar Zafar haj khosrow khan-e-Bakhtyari) Year 1330 [Islamic calendar]” equals to 1911 or 1912
The rifle shoots perfectly with modern ammunition and the only alteration made since the rifle was new was adapting the rifle to accept a more modern telescope, presumably done by an owner unable to master the 1000 yds. tangent sight!