The Evans Repeating Rifle
Invented by a dentist from Maine named Warren Evans, the Evans Repeating Rifle is a truly unique design. Like most other repeaters of the day, it was a lever action. However the Evans used a truly unique magazine, which utilized an “Archimedes Screw” type mechanism in the stock. When the lever was worked, the screw turned and fed a cartridge into the receiver. It was loaded from the butt and because of the screw design, it could hold a lot of ammo, thirty four rounds to be exact. As a result, the Evans holds the title for the greatest magazine capacity of any rifle during the 19th century.
Despite its elegant looks and radical design, the Evans rifle had one flaw, it was very susceptible to dust and not very reliable in real world conditions. For this reason the US Army did not adopt it and most cowpokes out in the wild frontier did not want it. They were also heavy and uncomfortable to use. Despite its drawbacks it was a unique rifle loved by collectors, sportsmen, and hunters.
They were manufactured be Evans Arms Company from 1873-1879. Around 15,000 would be produced.
Rare factory engraved Colt Cloverleaf with pearl grips. Manufactured in 1873. The Colt Cloverleaf was unusual in that it had a four chambered cylinder, which looked like a cloverleaf when viewed from the front or rear.
Sold at Auction: $5,500
Cased, engraved, and gold plated Beaumont-Adams patent percussion revolver with carved ivory grips, by E.M. Reilly and Co. of London, circa 1855.
Engraved ebony stocked flintlock pistol crafted by Jean Jaley, France, early 19th century.
Estimated Value: $35,000 - $65,000
Native American (Great Plains Tribes) tack and leather decorated Spencer repeating rifle, 19th century.
Factory engraved “Southerner” derringer with pearl grips, mid 19th century.
Estimated Value: $2,750-$4,250