New version of the Uberti 1885 Single Shot “High Wall” rifle, chambered for the classic .303 British cartridge
Born from the mind of a young John Moses Browning, the project of the Single Shot rifle was acquired by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company along with the designer himself and kept into production from 1885 to 1918.
The peculiarity of the Single Shot High Wall was a very simple, yet very strong and accurate mechanism, consisting of a falling block that was actuated by lowering the trigger guard lever to load the gun.
It was so good that not only it won several matches against such names as Sharps and Remington, but famous precision shooter Maj. Ned H. Roberts (designer of the .257 Roberts cartridge) went as far as defining it “the most reliable, strongest, and altogether best single shot rifle ever produced.”
As an add-on to the already existing traditional 1885 Single Shot models, the new Uberti 1885 High Wall “Courteney” Stalking Rifle is not a replica of an ever-existed Winchester Single Shot original model. Rather, this is a quite romantic “British style” interpretation of a classic and classy hunting rifle, featuring all the visual elements that characterized many British hunting rifles used between 1890 and 1910.
For this reason, the name "Courtney" in the name of this rifle is a dedication in honor of Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917), adventurer, explorer, hunter, guide, naturalist and writer, who spent most of his life in Africa and he was a friend, among others, of the American President Theodore Roosevelt, a passionate big-game hunter himself.
And that is why this rifle is chambered for the very traditional and accurate .303 British cartridge.
The new Uberti 1885 High Wall “Courteney” rifle is equipped with adjustable hunting rear sight and a shroud protected gold bead front sight.
Nonetheless, the traditional look of the rifle blends in a modern shooting platform thanks to the integral Picatinny rail just at top of the barrel breech, allowing the mounting of a riflescope.
The rifle features a blued barrel and a beautifully case hardened receiver and loading lever, coupled to an oil finished, checkered walnut stock and red rubber recoil pad that complete the look of the classic British hunting rifles this specific model is inspired to.
Established in 1959 by Aldo Uberti as a manufacturer of black powder Civil War era revolvers, the A. Uberti Spa company has gained over the years a fame for skillful craftsmanship of high quality historic reproductions and has expanded its production to a wide catalog of faithful Old West historic firearms, also used in many famous cinema and television productions.
Manufactured with exacting historic accuracy, nonetheless Uberti replicas carry improvements over the originals, making use of modern steels, modern production techniques and machinery, and design modifications that allow Uberti firearms to grant safety and set the standard against which all historic replicas of the American West are judged.