The Cimarron 1885 High Wall is one of the most popular single shot rifles ever made. This firearm is another John Browning specialized design widely used up to this day.
Cimarron 1885 High Wall Sporting Rifle
The Cimarron 1885 High Wall is lucky to be designed by one of the most revered firearm experts in history. John Browning was 24-years-old when he was granted a patent for the design of this gun. Its simplicity and ease of use greatly impressed Winchester General Manager, Thomas G. Bennett, who bought the rights to the rifle and began manufacturing it in 1885. Thus, the birth of the High Wall version from Cimarron, another product of John Browning’s genius.
This two-shot capacity rifle has a barrel length of 30 inches with fixed front sights and adjustable rear. It’s available in .45-70 caliber up to .405 Win with durable Walnut stocks, and an overall weight of less than 10 lbs unloaded. There are various options for this guns finish, though the most common is in standard blue.
Ease of Use and Performance
The 1885 High Wall is a long range rifle with excellent shooting performance. It has quite a reputation in long range shooting matches as always the gun to beat. This rifle is also known for its durability with its sleek and strong design. The walnut stock makes a fine smooth grip.
Pros and Cons
The 1885 High Wall’s design was also adopted by other companies such as Uberti which is an Italian replica of the Cimarron. Lack of sales prompted to discontinue the manufacturing of this rifle in 1920, but eventually reproduced by other companies due to the unparalleled design and performance of the High Wall.
Overall Verdict and Price
I think the Cimarron 1885 High Wall is a good buy at $893 – $1115 price range. Not only is it a great long range rifle, but also a John Browning classic firearm. I would buy this rifle even if it costs a couple of hundred dollars more.
Here’s a short video of the Cimarron 1885 High Wall specs:
The genius of John Browning is showcased once more in the 1885 High Wall rifle. He has designed firearms from handguns to long barrels that stood the test of time, as well as compete with modern guns in ergonomics and performance. Makes me wonder what he could have built given the more sophisticated tools of today.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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