Stuart Edward White Classic for 1903 or A3 Springfield

“The man who got the second Model 1903 Springfield ever produced did so because President Theodore Roosevelt got the first. (That first one was taken on safari to Africa by the President in 1909.) It was Stuart Edward White who got the second Springfield sporter rifle ever made. He took this barreled action to Ludwig Wundhammer, an early day custom gunstock maker who was then living in Los Angeles, CA.

When completed with a custom stock the rifle became one of great renowned guns, and is prized as one of the greatest sporting rifles ever made. Stuart Edward White was a prominent novelist and early day screenwriter in California. However, he had a reputation among sportsmen as being one of the greatest rifle shots who ever lived. In 1911 he took this rifle to Africa and was guided by white hunters Leslie Tarlton and R. J. Cunnighame, among others (who had guided President Roosevelt previously). These two described White as the greatest rifle shot ever to visit East Africa! He was likewise highly regarded here in the United States by those who hunted with him and marveled at his ability to consistently hit running game at widely varied ranges. It was not by accident that Stuart Edward White could shoot so well. He was self-trained and he practiced nearly every day. He was especially practiced at timing his hits so he knew well how to hold proper lead on moving targets and running game. This rifle had a long career. He used it on many hunts including his last African safari in 1928. However, it was eventually stolen from White's car. It disappeared for years before re-emerging with respectable ownership.

It was ultimately purchased by John T. Amber, long-time editor of the Gun Digest, and became part of his collection. The stock on this rifle, built by Ludwig Wundhammer, reflected his Germanic roots. It had the traditional schnabel tip, raised action-side panels, and pancake cheek-piece with shadow-line. The stock has a somewhat high comb for an open sight rifle, but it works well with a low mounted comb or with open sights. Our duplicate is a very faithful recreation of the original. “ -H.L.P.

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