Thursday, August 24, 2017

Adirondack Arms Co. Model II Repeating Rifle

These rifles were designed and patented by Orvil M. Robinson of Upper Jay, New York. It is believed A.S. Babbitt of Plattsburgh, New York, manufactured the arms and the Adirondack Firearms Company of Plattsburgh, New York, was a financial entity only and was formed to market the rifles. Very little is known about the inventor or the manufacturer.

These rare rifles were manufactured from 1870 to 1874 and less than 600 repeating rifles manufactured by Adirondack Arms Company. Collectors have identified two different models. These examples are the Model II, or Model 1872.

The action is a toggle style design which has a round knob at the top center of the receiver that the operator uses to pull up and back to operate the bolt. Cartridges are loaded and fed much like a Winchester lever action. Chambered in 44 rimfire.

Winchester Repeating Arms Company later bought Robinsons’ patents.


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