Sporting Rifle Built by John Knott
Serial No 120667
Rare Mauser Sporting Rifle in .303 British.
By A Renowned 1950s Gunsmith Who Built the rifles for The 1948 Olympics.
Knott-Broughton, were based in Kingston-upon-Thames, John
C.J. Knott and S. Broughton. Knott, a keen shot in a number of disciplines,
is best known as the man who produced the rifles used by the British team
at the 1948 Olympics in London.
He also competed internationally himself, representing Great Britain in
the Pershing trophy at Camp Perry in 1953. He emigrated to America in
1954, and appears to have died about ten years later, aged 50
As already mentioned, the initials "K-B" came from Knott &
Broughton. Broughton was an original partner but the partnership broke
up at some point.
The stocks were made and finished in-house, by Mr. Cecil South. Mr South
had a special finishing formula which he kept secret, making it at home
and bringing the materials in to work - the secret was to die with him.
This particular rifle is built on a commercial Mauser action with the
Mauser banner logo; the Mauser action-body has a thumb-recess and charger-guide.
The bolt has a Buehler flag-safety. The stock is a customised figured
stock with pistol grip, the butt section has Monte Carlo comb which is
grooved for the bolt, and is fitted with a recoil-pad
The fore-stock is inset with an ivorine medallion engraved A K-B Product
The barrel is marked; Special B.S.A. Barrel, Specification 1950 and 303
This rifle was built without any provision for iron sights; the stock
is still in very good condition. The bore is also in very good condition
with no signs of any wear. There is however some very light speckling
in the bore the last couple of inches in from the
This rifle is not quite ready for sale at the moment, the previous owner
removed the scope blocks (and lost the rear one) because he intended to
fit some sort of express sight, but this never happened, we have the original
scope (Weaver K4) and PH mounts, but are trying to locate a rear scope
base, to enable us to remount the scope.