Takedown rifles are guns that can easily be broken into two much shorter sub-assemblies that can be more easily stored or transported. Takedown rifles reached their peak of popularity in the decades on either side of the turn of the last century. But even today, takedown rifles have retained their appeal wherever space is at a premium. Bush pilots and backcountry travelers in particular value these compact shooting tools.

Today’s takedown rifles are available in calibers as small as .22 Long Rifle and as big as the large African safari-class cartridges. Here’s a sample of the great takedown rifles available to today’s hunters.

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This article was originally published in the AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN ™ 2015 issue #174. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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