Re-emergence of a legend – The Rising Bite

Rigby Rising Bite

Whether its centuries or decades, Legends are reborn. With over 240 years of gun-making experience, London gun maker, John Rigby and Co is set to re-emerge their first new pair of 12-bore Rising Bite side-by-side shotguns during the IWA OutdoorClassics in Nuremberg, after officially introducing the legendary firearms last January at the Safari Club International Convention in Dallas.

After a pause of over 100 years from being made, the legendary Rising Bite action system patented back in 1879 by gun-maker Thomas Bissell, who collaborated on several projects with John Rigby during the late 19th century.

Rising Bite shotgun on ledgers

The rifled-barrelled counterpart was still being individually built at the London gun-making shop since 2015. Distinct and characterized by its unique strength and style. The skilled team of gun makers at Rigby, are working under-direction of Rising Bite executive Nick Coggan. The first pair have taken two-years in production, engraving crafted by master engraver Geoffrey Lignon, featuring birds in flight shadowing Rigby’s scroll engraving and will be displayed to the public before delivered to their owner.

Rigby’s Managing Director, Marc Newton, commented: “The completion of these different shotguns is a real landmark for Rigby. Our customers value traditional designs, and just like every newly released Rigby, they pay homage to our past. With dipped-edge lock plates, a straight-hand grip walnut stock, inlaid with a silver oval, every order includes a custom fitting service. Engraving and wood upgrades are optional. The Rising Bite shotgun will be available on scaled actions in a wide range of gauges, from 12-bore to .410.”