Dumoulin (Ernest Dumoulin-Deleye) "Sniper" 7mm Remington Magnum. A gentleman’s sniper rifle is certainly a conundrum, but the Belgian firm of Ernest Dumoulin got it right. Dumoulin is familiar to many in gundom as a maker of all kinds, types and descriptions of quality rifles and shotguns. Not to be confused with the other Dumoulins, they being Francois or Henri, examples of Ernest Dumoulin firearms stand among some of the finest collections and ride gunbearer’s shoulders on many a six-figure safari. Not much over 30 years ago, someone must have thought it a good idea for Dumoulin to build them a sniper rifle. More money than sense, maybe, but the rifle was proofed at the factory on June 27, 1984. The “Certificat” now rolled without ceremony in the presentation case suggests it met with whatever approvals were required. Serial 11223 looks like it was created for the villain in a James Bond movie only to be scooped up by 007 to settle the bad guy, thus saving the world from Communism and ensuring the affections of a beautiful woman. No Walther PPK, the Dumoulin-made Mauser 98 long action is chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum. The model is really and truly named Sniper, and the name fits. A thumbhole, high-comb stock is carefully shaped from fine walnut, but stippling replaces the checkering usually found on sticks of this grade. The exaggerated pistol grip is swelled and flared, and because of that the flat-bottomed beavertail forend doesn’t look all that out of place. In contrast, the bolt body and extractor are carefully jeweled – for one must not overlook the little details. The safety system is most interesting. Frankly, there are two. A wing locks and releases the bolt to cycle, while a rocker handles the trigger. When both are forward and the trigger is pulled, it goes boom. Take a look that that muzzle brake. If ever there was something that spoke to function over form, this would be it. Ugly? Not compared to Rosie O’Donnell, but then again, what is? Thankfully, someone had the good sense to order this one with a thread protector cap. The most wonderful aspect of this package simply must be the Swarovski scope resting in claw mounts. Only the Europeans would do such a thing, and these mounts alone are worth more than just about any currently-manufactured tactical rifle one might find in a local dealer’s rack. Formalities include polished blue that shows a bit of wear (makes you wonder) and a real/faux full-length leather case. To the manor born, it is well suited for a Texas deer blind or a jaunt to the South Island for sambar. There can’t be many of these rifles and this one can be yours. Price firm. Photo package by request. Layaway considered.
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