Haviland & Gunn Improved 1880 Model
Haviland & Gunn Improved 1880 Model - Variant.
Courtesy of Leonardj.
This is a rather unusual variant to the Improved 1880 Model, in that it has a manually operated extractor for the rimfire casings, rather than the usual spring loaded extractor.
It has a very interesting inlay in the LHS of the stock, which I cannot determine if it is factory, or a very well executed user modification.
The buttplate, as can be seen in the pictures, is missing. I suppose that it is overly optimistic on my part in hoping to find the correct buttplate someday, but patience has brought rewards in the past, so I continue to search.
Haviland & Gunn Improved 1880 Model - airgun-only barrel.
With thanks to Beth of Amoskeag Auctions, Inc. for permission to post these pics.
The original auction blurb said: "serial #1, (marked on rear of barrel) .22 cal., 18 1/2" smoothbore airgun only, barrel with a very good bore. The metal surfaces retain an overall gray brown patina with some scattered spots of light oxidation. The walnut stock rates good to very good with a couple of thin hairline cracks at the chamber along with other light handling marks. There is no patchbox in stock and stock is numbered "170". The brass buttplate retains a nicely mellowed ochre finish. A neat little rifle with rare “airgun only” barrel which was the predecessor to the Quackenbush No. 5 rifle."
Haviland & Gunn Improved 1880 Model - with shooting gallery stamp.
With thanks to Sean Campbell, imaging manager of the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West in Cody, Wyoming, for permission to post these pics of a gun held in the Cody Firearms Museum. The blurb accompanying this gun follows.
Accession Number: 1993.8.52
Date : 1876-1880
Dimensions: L: 34.75 in, Barrel length: 18.5 in, H: 7.5 in
Credit Line: Gift of Thomas K. Hutchinson
Remarks: Has small patch box on underside of stock, which contains 3 darts.
Inscription: top of receiver: Haviland & Gunn/ Ilion. N.Y. Pat. Apr. 18. 1871 [left side of stock] From/ "Hen" Scheetz's Shooting Gallery/ Fayette City Pa./ 1880 [under barrel latch] 52
Synopsis: firearm- airgun- Haviland & Gunn; Ilion, N.Y.- wood- brass- steel- top of receiver: Haviland & Gunn/ Ilion. N.Y. Pat. Apr. 18. 1871 [left side of stock] From/ "Hen" Scheetz's Shooting Gallery/ Fayette City Pa./ 1880 [under barrel latch] 52- .22- 52- Has small patch box on underside of stock, which contains 3 darts.