POTD: The Anti-Tank of Its Day – Double Deuce 2 Bore Double Rifle

   10.12.22

POTD: The Anti-Tank of Its Day – Double Deuce 2 Bore Double Rifle

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have an extraordinary example of a big bullet big hole. This is the Double Deuce! This righteous rifle is what is called a “stopping rifle”. Stopping rifles are made to stop very large and dangerous games (typically African game in this case). I suspect it would make short work of a tyrannosaurus. Stopping rifles such as the double deuce were normally in 4-bore rather than 2-bore like this one. This one was ordered by someone who wanted something extra stored and Colin Stolzer of Stolzer & Sons Gunsmithing of Washington, Kansas obliged.

“Manufactured by Colin Stolzer of Stolzer & Sons Gunsmithing of Washington, Kansas, a custom rifle builder known specifically for their custom large bore percussion and cartridge rifles. This massive beauty of a double weighs in at a scale tipping 44 pounds! With a fixed beaded blade front and four leaf (one standing, three folding) express notch rear sights. The barrel rib is inscribed “C. Stolzer” and “2 Bore” ahead of and behind the rear sight respectively. The huge solid block receiver is inscribed “C. Stolzer” on the left and “Double Deuce” on the right with a Jones patent under lever, dual triggers, back action locks with hammer lock safeties, and high arched hammers. Fitted with a wedge fastened checkered forearm with contrasting end cap, and pistol grip buttstock with a raised shadow line cheekpiece, and solid Decelerator recoil pad. The stock measurements are: 1 1/8 inch drop at comb; 2 1/4 inch drop at heel; 14 1/2 inch length of pull. Rifle includes 17 rounds of 2 bore ammunition, large grouping of cast lead 2 bore balls, 2 bore ball mold, and reloading dies. This is the companion piece to the “Lil Deuce” 2 bore percussion pistol, seen below.”

Double Deuce

Lot 2350: C. Stolzer ‘Double Deuce’ Left Handed 2 Bore Double Rifle – Massive C. Stolzer “Double Deuce” Left Handed 2 Bore Double Rifle with Ammunition. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/72/2350/c-stolzer-double-deuce-left-handed-2-bore-double-rifle.

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