This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
Incredible, masterpiece, work of art, gorgeous, magnificent … these are the words that come to my mind when I look at the newest special project rifle by Johann Fanzoj. This family-owned company from Ferlach, Austria, has recently released another luxury double rifle called “The Great Migration”.
The engravings on the rifle depict the annual 1,500-kilometer long migration of African animals from Tanzania to Kenya. It is a beautiful yet dangerous journey representing the endless struggle of survival and telling the story of predator and prey.
The Great Migration Rifle is hand engraved with over 100 animal figures. The heads of the dangerous game Big Five species (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), as well as the African ornaments all over the exposed metal parts, are platinum inlaid. The color and shine of the noble metal combined with the black matte background of multiple-layer surface treatment create an incredibly beautiful contrast. Needless to say that hundreds or even thousands of hours of highly skilled labor is invested into this project.
Johann Fanzoj “The Great Migration” double rifle has two sets of barrels. One set is chambered in .600 Nitro Express and the other one is in .470 Nitro Express caliber. The 600 mm (23.6″) barrels are made of Bohler steel. The rifle comes with a Swarovski 1-6×24 Z6i scope on a Fanzoj quick detachable mount. It features a Holland & Holland sidelock mechanism, automatic ejectors and non-automatic safety. The stock is made of a Circassian walnut burr. The rifle also comes with handcrafted accessories and a wooden case covered with alligator leather. The Great Migration Rifle weighs 7.3 kg (16 lbs).
You can find the introduction video of this rifle embedded below:
In the case of such firearms, you don’t even need to be a hunter or fine hunting rifle enthusiast to appreciate the harmony of design, elegance and craftsmanship materialized in these rifles.