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Stevens Pope Model 44 Schuetzen Rifle
THE STEVENS NO. 44 SINGLE SHOT RIFLE WAS MANUFACTURED C. 1894-1933. THIS EXAMPLE WAS REBARRELED BY MASTER GUNSMITH HARRY POPE AND FITTED WITH A SCHUETZEN STYLE BUTTPLATE, PALM REST AND TELESCOPIC SIGHT.
During the latter years of the 19th century, medium-range Schuetzen (offhand) matches became very popular. A typical off-hand rifle of that period was fitted with an adjustable palm rest below the forearm. The palm rest often could be swung to a vertical position for firing, with the ball or grip piece held in the shooter's hand. The shooter's elbow was braced against his hip to provide the necessary steadiness in the off-hand position. Action of the typical Scheutzen rifle was fitted with a heavy barrel, usually octagonal, and the target sights were fully adjustable for windage and elevation. The action was fitted with double set triggers and an elaborate finger lever typical of the ornamental designs of the late 19th century. Also standard was a high comb buttstock to properly locate the shooter's face in the off-hand position, and an elaborate hooked buttplate to accurately position the butt of the rifle during firing.