Fraser Rifle Action


Update July 2020 - Left-handed action orders are being accepted.
Price is $3145.  Just need to get them into the queue to be built up.

See less-than-professional picture here...


(left-hand version)


Photos by Glenn Fewless


The Fraser rifles were originally made in the 1880's, by Daniel M. Fraser of Edinburg, Scotland.  Chamberings were largely .303 British, but they were also made for .450-3-1/4", .450-400, .500-3", .500/450 Express, and similar.  Probably less than 500 of these rifles were produced, and of course far fewer actually made it to the USA.  The originals are considered to be of high quality and robust enough to handle smokeless pressures.

This action has a vertical motion falling block with an internal hammer. The lever drops the breechblock to the load position, simultaneously cocking the hammer, then further downward movement activates the extractor.  Both the sear engagement and the sear pressure are individually adjustable.  The trigger pull can be easily set to a clean 2-3 lbs.

The receiver, lever, upper tang and trigger plate are machined from solid 8620 steel. The breechblock opening is EDM wirecut.  The various screws are machined from 1045 medium carbon steel, which can be heat-treated to reasonable strength without danger of brittleness.  The hammer and sear are already hardened, and the springs are electropolished.  The breechblock, mainspring hanger, trigger and safety parts are made from pre-hardened 4140.

The stock bolt, firing pin bushing tool, and sear pin removal tool are provided with the action.

New for 2019 - First, an "intercepting sear" - somewhat a misnomer - has been added.  This mechanism actually intercepts the hammer fall, if the sear is jarred off while the safety is "on".  Second, the extractor has been moved from 7:30 to 9 o'clock, to prevent slipping out from under small-rimmed cartridges.  Finally, there is an option for a "bolted safety", as found on some original British rifles.  The bolted safety adds $150 to the amended prices below.  See picture.

Actions will be in the white only. External parts will be hand-polished to a 400-grit finish, but final polishing, and any heat-treating or bluing, will be the responsibility of the customer.

Price: $2645.00  Call or email for current delivery times.

Left-hand action price: $3145.00




Above two photos and stockwork by Doug Mann, engraving by Bob Strosin