For many shooters, the single shot rifle still holds a special place in their affections. Omaha Outdoors is proud to offer a selection of these classic firearms for sale, manufactured by Winchester and H&R. Combining historic designs with modern materials and manufacturing methods, these are unparalleled rifles. They are available in a wide range of calibers, from .17 HMR and .22 LR to .22-250, .270 Rem., .270 Win. And .35 Whelen to the brush-breaking .45-70 Govt., powerful .30-06, .444 Marlin and 7mm-08, plus many other calibers.
It’s as if all the development in rifles over the past two centuries hasn’t even occurred. The appeal of the single-shot rifle still draws many shooters back to the roots of the shooting sports. Many extol the stable, rock-solid feature of the old falling block or break action design, offering superb accuracy as well as simplicity: Just a few parts, carefully machined and fitted, working in concert to achieve the desired goal. For some, it is the fact that there is just one shot – and one shot only – that makes this style of rifle special. It places the burden of the shot squarely on the shoulders of the shooter; there are no excuses, no second chances. Only the steadiness of aim, understanding of the ballistics of the round, correctly interpreting the conditions of the wind, temperature and distance stand between success or… not. A single shot rifle can be a hard taskmaster but, like many demanding teachers, a great deal can be learned from one. Whether for target practice, hunting or introducing novice shooters to the sport (this is a very safe design for that purpose), a single shot rifle belongs in every shooter’s collection.
John Browning’s career as a firearms designer began with his single shot falling-block rifle, which he developed and built in Ogden, Utah in 1878. It didn’t take long for Winchester to beat a path to his door (it isn’t always about mousetraps) and purchase his design, designating it their model 1885. It soon became one of the most popular rifles for Winchester and was chambered in a very wide range of calibers. Meanwhile, in New England, Harrington & Richardson (originally Wesson & Harrington, founded in 1871) was manufacturing revolvers and single-shot break-action shotguns. They soon adapted their line to include single shot rifles, also using the break action. While both the Winchester and H&R models went out of production early in the 20th century, the demand for these classics – and it was not just nostalgia, but their reputation as rugged and accurate firearms – prompted both companies to bring them back. These classics of American firearms design remain popular to this day.
You can buy one of these firearms online from Omaha Outdoors. Browse our selection or use the selection feature to choose by caliber or finish. You can also register with us for free to take advantage of our “Wish List” feature. If you have any questions, please call us or use the handy e-mail form to send us a message; we’ll be glad to help. Once you’ve made your selection, we can help you find a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder near you.