The Abercrombie & Fitch rifle: a rare piece of firearms history. Today’s youth recognize the brand as a stylish clothier– a purveyor of hippie clothing and frankinsense. The stores have mood lighting, loud music, and models with hopeless, confused looks on their faces– suggesting the combined weight of the world and their 1-series BMW is far too much for shoulders to bear.

However, the Abercrombie & Fitch store of yesteryear was a different animal. At its New York City location, you could buy the finest outdoors equipment in the world– including guns. Famous adventurers like Amelia Earhart, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Clark Gable frequented the store. Ernest Hemingway even bought the gun he committed suicide with from A&F. Famous weapons manufacturers, including Weatherby, were commissioned to build special edition firearms for the company.

This particular specimen was brought into our shop by a former Marine. Marines take care of their guns. So, even though it’s over 60 years old, the rifle is still in excellent, showroom condition. (Younger shooters take note: even if you don’t shoot your weapons, make sure to take them out of the safe on a regular basis for cleaning and maintenance.)

From what we know, this rifle was made by Weatherby in the 1930s or 40s and purchased from the New York City Abercrombie & Fitch store. It’s chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum and has “Made in England” and British BNP proof marks stamped into the barrel and receiver. The rifle even sports an Abercrombie & Fitch 3.5-9×40 scope. We’ve seen A&F rifles and shotguns fetch upwards of $9k at auction. Right now, this spectacular rifle is on Gunbroker starting at $1500: [View Gunbroker Auction]. Proceeds of the auction go to our client, a USMC Korean War veteran.

If you know anything about Abercrombie & Fitch rifles, please feel free to contact me. I’d appreciate any information that you can share.

Have a good one!

— Evan