Jim Corbett national park is named after a famous hunter Jim Corbett, who was given the responsibility of killing a man-eaters of Champawat. The feat was achieved by Jim Corbett after a meticulous and clever planning. Then after, he was given the charge of killing other man-eaters in three other parts of Uttarakhand. In 1907 , the then LG of United Provinces, Sir John Hewitt KCSI presented this rifle to Jim Corbett in order to put an end to the menace created by the tiger of Champawat. After killing this tiger, Jim Corbett also killed other big cats of Rudraprayag, Ramnagar and Pawalgarh. The rifle used at that time was .275 Rigby bolt action. The rifle may be brought back to Corbett national park on a ‘pilgrimage’ by the year 2016, for which the Corbett park authorities are holding talks with a London based gun maker, who is currently possessing the rifle.
John Rigby, the owner of the company John Rigby & Co . has the planning to bring the rifle on a ‘pilgrimage ‘ to the Corbett national park as the place is pious for the rifle. On getting the permission of bringing the rifle in India, the Corbett authorities shall be able to exhibit the rifle to the tourists visiting the park. The presence of the rifle in the park itself shall be the main attraction to the visitors. As per the tourism ministry, the exhibition of the rifle shall also bring a boost in the tourism of National Park.
The gunmaker John Rigby has also plan to auction 100 sets of leather bound book each containing 5 books and the profit earned by selling these books shall be donated to the National park.
The company has also produced a commemorative .275 rifle as homage to the Rigby rifle used by Jim Corbett. The commemorative rifle will be produced for auction at the Safari Club International convention between February 3 and 6, next year.