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Pic: HoltsAuctioneers/BNPS<br />
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A rifle once used by famed explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley to shoot an African tribal leader in order to save his expedition party from slaughter has come to light.<br />
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Sir Henry picked up his Winchester rifle as his beleaguered team were about to be annihilated by angry natives in 'darkest Africa' during a dangerous rescue of a surrounded governor in Uganda.<br />
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He took aim at a 'vociferous native sporting an elaborate headdress and shield' who was inciting the rest of the tribe and pulled the trigger.<br />
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The immediate consequence of killing the leader scared off the large group of natives who ran into a forest.<br />
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It is being sold by Holt's on December 10.