Ideal for carrying most rifles, because it is long enough, at 32" overall length, with an 8" throat opening. The scabbard is lined, to protect the gun. The shoulder straps are encased in Merino sheepskin. The scabbard comes with attachments that also enable it to be carried on a saddle, the way it was carried by British cavalry in the Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902. Of course, 16,000 Australian cavalry went over for the ride, with the same number of horses. The Boers won the fight, because they wanted the country more than the British. No Australian horses were allowed to return because of quarantine restrictions -- but 16,182 men did return Down Under.
Read about the epic battle HERE.
Close-up photo: A Universal Pattern Steel Arch Saddle of 1902 packing a "deep rifle bucket."
Also, a picture of an Australian Boer war fighter with the rifle he carried in the "saddle bucket."