Some years ago Musgrave hunting rifles were the alpha and omega to the South African hunter. These fine rifles were known to be very accurate and reliable. The fact that many hunters are still using their Musgrave’s of yesteryear is proof of that. Wherever you go to in South Africa you will find hunters with their Musgrave’s shooting away at targets or at game.
Unfortunately the Musgrave factory had to close its doors in Bloemfontein due to factors beyond the control of management. The factory was then moved to Pretoria where it produced the same quality rifles under the name Vektor. This did not last long and yet another fine factory in South Africa had closed its doors. It was a gloomy day for South African hunters because there was not a factory that produced fine guns with an acceptable price tag anymore. There were many private gunsmiths, making excellent rifles but for the majority of the hunters, it was expensive.
Twenty years past by and everybody thought that Musgrave was finally in its grave and all that was left were the rifles that were already in use. It all changed when Frikkie du Plooy – Owner of JJ Wapens in Ermelo, bought the Musgrave patent and the remaining K98 actions from the factory. He stored the actions, because he knew that he would one day build his own rifles.
That one day arrived sooner than later and Frikkie teamed up with Gary Barnes, one of South Africa’s premier gunsmiths. Together, they secured the services of many other gunsmiths and built a factory to raise the Musgrave legend. It took 3 years for the first rifle to leave the factory and was exhibited at the Huntex show in April 2012 for the first time. The new rifles were an immediate hit and in excess of a 100 orders were received at the show.
Owner Frik du Plooy and Head Gunsmith Gary Barns.
This cast a spark in the powder keg and the Musgrave name spread throughout the country like wild fire, charged by a gale force wind because the new rifle was as reliable and accurate as the old one.
That was not the end because Frikkie also wanted to show his fine rifles to the world. He has now booked a booth at the IWA fair for March 2013. The Musgrave rifles will be on exhibit in hall 7 stand 222 and everybody is welcome to view and feel the rifle.