Outdoor Life Says the New 1885 Low Wall Rimfire Has "Charisma."
Below is a review of article in Outdoor Life magazine. May 2014 . Original story on the 1885 Low Wall Rimfire written by John B. Snow, Outdoor Life Editor.
John M. Browning was barely into his 20s when he designed his first rifle, a robust falling block single shot that soon became an American icon. After manufacturing a few hundred examples, mostly by hand over the course of several years in his Ogden, Utah, gunsmithing shop, Browning sold the design to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in New Haven, Connecticut. Winchester quickly introduced the rifle as the Model 1885 and it soon began giving the other large caliber single shot rifles popular in that era – like the Sharps, Remington and Ballard – a real run for their money, both on the target range and in the field.
“…True to its Heritage.”
Noted firearms guru Ned Roberts once described the Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot as “…the most reliable, strongest, and altogether best single shot rifle ever produced.” Over time the Winchester Model 1885 has been made in two versions. The High Wall, with its beefy receiver, was designed to fire powerful big bore cartridges up to and including black powder monsters like the 50-110-450, equal in power to many of the English Express cartridges used for dangerous game in Africa. The Low Wall, with its smaller receiver, was intended for lower powered rounds and for rimfires.
Outdoor Life gunwriter John B. Snow recently put the Model 1885 Low Wall through the wringer and really liked what came out in the wash. “Mechanically, the gun we tested was perfect,” noted Snow. “All the rifle’s moving parts – trigger, falling-block action, ejector – snap crisply through their range of motion without binding or excessive wiggle. The trigger on our rifle was especially nice, breaking at just over 3 pounds.”
The Model 1885’s wood-to-metal fit was executed “…in expert fashion,” observed Snow. “The elegant silhouette and classic touches, like the octagonal barrel, give the rifle a lot of charisma.”
"Classic touches . . . give the rifle a lot of charisma."
Snow continued his review with a few memorable observations. “When you bring the 1885 to your shoulder, it is easy to feel a connection with the thousands of marksmen who have done the same thing, with the same rifle, in the years, decades and even centuries past.”
“We are lucky,” Snow thoughtfully concluded, “to have such rifles, made of blued steel and walnut, readily available when so many others are rolling off factory floors are cheap, plastic and utterly forgettable.”
“We are lucky to have such rifles."
If you want to connect with a rifle that will produce fond shooting memories today and for generations to come, you can find them at a Winchester Repeating Arms dealer. Click here for the dealer locator. The Model 1885 Low Wall is currently offered in several popular rimfire chamberings including 22 LR, 22 WMR, 17 HMR and the new 17 Winchester Super Magnum, pushing a 20 grain bullet to a blistering 3000 FPS.