Holland & Holland Double Rifle

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The famous British gun maker Holland & Holland has been manufacturing fine (and extremely expensive) rifles and shotguns for over 150 years. The company is famous for it's double barrel rifles. To this day a client who desires a Holland & Holland "Double" will be measured for his/her rifle and then will wait for over a year (sometimes two years) for it to be made and delivered. With the current exchange rate between the American Dollar and the British Pound the typical Holland & Holland will cost a minimum of $70,000 for an American shooter. Depending on the caliber and other features the cost can go as high as $200,000! Obviously, purchasing a Holland & Holland is not a cheap venture. Secondhand Holland & Hollands can command prices just as high. The company will manufacture a Double in almost any caliber that the customer wants. Barrel lengths can be had from 23 inches to 30 inches. Not surprisingly most customers order a Double in the big Nitro Express calibers. Recently an American gunwriter visited the factory in England and was informed that .375 H&H Magnum, .470 Nitro, .500 Nitro, .577 Nitro and .600 Nitro were the most popular calibers. It is suspected that for every customer who actually takes his H&H Double into the field there are two or three more who simply have their Double for display and/or an investment. Despite the astronomical prices involved the Holland & Holland Doubles are very rugged and dependable rifles.

Holland & Holland Royal Ejector
H&H sidelock ejector in 500/465 Nitro. Mfd. 1909

The Holland and Holland Double Rifle is seen in the following films:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Out of Africa Robert Redford Denys Finch Hatton . 1986
White Hunter Black Heart Clint Eastwood John Wilson . 1990
The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer Patterson . 1996
The Ghost and the Darkness Michael Douglas Remington . 1996

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Note Release Date
Eternal Darkness "Elephant Gun" 2001

See Also

Holland & Holland Paradox



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