History page_acquisition of Corbett rifleThe world’s third oldest gunmaker, John Rigby & Co., has acquired one of the most famous sporting rifles of all time: the .275 Rigby bolt-action rifle that was presented to Jim Corbett for killing the dreaded ‘man-eating tigress of Champawat’ in 1907 by Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces, Sir John Hewitt KCSI.

Corbett went on to use the gun in India to dispatch a number of man-eating big cats, blamed for the deaths of hundreds of people which he chronicled in his best-selling memoirs. These incredible accounts of his adventures are known to nearly every big game hunter the world over.

Rigby has also acquired correspondence from Corbett provenancing and mentioning the rifle, which bears an engraved silver plaque recording its presentation. This legendary gun, which is in full working order, and the memorabilia will start a world tour this summer, beginning with the CLA Game Fair in the UK.

Together with Safari Press, Rigby will also be producing a leather-bound, five-book set of Corbett’s writings, with a new foreword to mark the rifle’s return. Only 100 will be made and each set will be individually numbered. The profits from this limited edition set will be donated to The Jim Corbett National Park in India.

Marc Newton, Managing Director of Rigby, commented: “The Corbett gun is a real piece of Rigby history. Every gun that leaves our workshop has a piece of this rifle’s DNA in it. It’s fantastic to have it back with the firm and we’d encourage as many people as possible to come and see it for themselves.”

18 responses

  1. “He personally eschewed the notion of hunting tigers for sport, refusing to shoot a tiger unless it could be certified as a serial man eater”
    -No Beast So Fierce by Dane Hucklebridge

  2. Peter here from Australia, I have brought the new Rigby Stalker in 30/06 & IT IS THE BEST we travelled to Africa April this year 2018 & took 9 Species of game all shoots were over 250M using a Swarovski Z3 bullet placement perfect every time 180 SST action can be closed with one finger, I would highly recommend & now I own a 9.3 x 62 & have just ordered a 275 Rigby CANT WAIT.

  3. I recently purchased a Rigby Highland rifle in 9.3×62 caliber. Am going to hunt bear and elk in Montana with open sights in the Corbett style. Beautiful rifle.

  4. My favorite hunting rifle is my JOHN RIGBY & CO .275 RIGBY.
    It’s 25 1/2in. nitro barrel is engraved ‘JOHN RIGBY & CO. 72 ST. JAMES’S ST. LONDON.’, in standard type, block-mounted open sights with two folding leaf sights and adjustable iron sights with platinum inlaid sight lines, block-mounted bead fore-sight. I use a 1919 4×36 scope in quickly-detachable Holland and Holland side mounts.

  5. Hello

    I have hunted big and dangerous game in Africa and know the adrenaline rush when a hunter faces a animal that can also kill you. Jim Corbetts rifle shows a Mauser lineage in it’s stock. How many inches in length does the rifle’s barrel measure? Also, is the stock a German made stock? Of course the action is German Mauser.


    Glenn Campbell U.S.A.

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