The 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.”