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OLD ROBIN HOOD

Greetings from Sherwood Forest.

 

This post I hope will be of interest for enthusiasts of the Volunteer Training Corps.

It is a non-firing drill rifle from the early days of the VTC. (it wasn't just the WW2 Home Guard that used these)

It was produced by Charles Riggs who had a shop at 107 Bishops Gate London.  Apparently he not only sold sporting goods

but also motor cycles. Riggs was an ex-member of the Volunteer Force and was a shooting champion.  The rifle has a solid bar

steel barrel screwed into the stock and a non-functioning trigger and magazine cast in one piece.  it would also have had a cast-iron butt plate

but this is missing from my example. the butt is stamped EVTC which I assume means the Essex Volunteer Training Corps and also

Riggs name and address. The stock itself is well finished and of good quality.  I have been unable to find out how much these would have sold for.

 Would anyone have any ideas on this?

 

                                                                     Old Robin Hood

 

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JMB1943

Mr Hood,

 

Nice looking and unusual rifle.

I wonder if weight and dimensions are about the same as a Lee Enfield of the period.

Do you happen to have a date for it?

 

Regards,

JMB

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4thVBGH

Very nice piece, the DP rifles seem a difficult subject to find information on.

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MikeyH

Old Robin Hood,

 

Here's an undated ad. for Charles Griggs.  Your example is a WOODEN DUMMY RIFLE, as listed.

The Dummy Rifles for Drilling are much more realistic, saw an example last year, 2nd rifle down in photo.

 

Mike.

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JMB1943

Mikey,

 

Thanks for the second ad.

It does answer my question about dimensions and weight.

 

Regards,

JMB

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OLD ROBIN HOOD

Greetings from Sherwood Forest.

 

Hi Mikey

Really interesting advertisement , £2   5s   for  TWELVE  Wooden Drill Rifles  WOW !!!. . It is very basic but for learning drill would do the job.

Thanks very much for the information

 

                                                                         Robin

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AlanD

The department store Gamages, sold drill rifles as well.

 

Regards

AlanD

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