I'm spending this holiday season very relaxed today, not thinking about politics and the gun control debate or any of that which is so popular around the web right now.
I came across an interesting thread last night that had several years of posts about Baikal and other low priced Double Rifles, mostly made by Baikal but perhaps branded as Remington or USSG. It is mostly about the .45-70 Caliber Baikal Double Rifle but like many long discussion threads has twists and turns.
FROM http://imzcorp.com/res_en/0_value_8547_188.jpgTHIS ONE COSTS LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS-THE BAIKAL
I'm still interested in a double rifle, and the Baikal or one of it's sub-brands, and preferably a used one, is all I can afford. I've seen some Baikal shotguns and even a few Baikal combo guns (.22 caliber only, not the centerfire versions) and the build quality wasn't bad. No, it wasn't a finish comparable with 1960's Browning from Belgium or of that nature, but I think some nice stock polishing and finishing could help the appearance of these weapons immensely, as well as a little careful polishing of the metal of the gun itself.
THIS ONE COSTS UNTOLD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS- THE ANDERSON WHEELER
Of course, like every other double rifle fan, I immensely enjoying seeing James Bond use one to save the world in Skyfall. Nobody does it better on screen, and this time it was done (save the world) with a vintage and gorgeous double rifle. Well done.
I'd like to have a double rifle like the one shown above, and here's a description of it from IMFDB:
Anderson Wheeler 500 NE Double Rifle
During the assault on Skyfall Lodge, Bond uses his deceased father's Anderson Wheeler Double Rifle chambered in .500 Nitro Express. Anderson Wheeler is a London-based maker of luxury rifles and shotguns whose custom made double rifles are also available in calibers from .375 to .600. Bond's depiction of recoil is akin to that of a nail gun, despite the mammoth cartridge.
But I'd gladly take a Baikal double rifle and maybe redo the stock. I surely do like the stock and high cheekrest on the Anderson Wheeler!
And onto the subject of 4x4 fishing trucks, and again, my moaning and groaning about why Toyota won't market a vehicle they sell elsewhere in the world here in the good old USA, their largest market of cars anywhere.
So one can see from this Getty Images picture posted on a BBC story about the political problems in Mali that this patrol vehicle from Niger is a Landcruiser truck, replete with snorkel for fording water. Go to this link to see this great fabulous truck that Toyota won't sell in America!