Our cover for this issue comes to us compliments of Chris Fantini and it shows a rare bird, indeed. The Springfield 1881 Long-Range rifle was made by Springfield in very limited numbers and the survival rate has not been good. Chris’ rifle is in virtually new condition and is extremely interesting from many points, not the least of which is the opportunity to look at an uncompromised .45-80-2.4 Long-Range rifle. My bet is that most of us will never see one in the flesh. Chris puts his Springfield through the paces and the story is extremely interesting. Be sure to check out his feature story in this issue and see if you don’t agree with us.
Thank you, Chris for a great cover photo of a spectacular old rifle and a very interesting, informative article to boot.