LANG 12 BORE SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW Bbls. in ENGLAND in 1959- A SOLID 1896 PAIR- 28" EJECT DOVETAIL LUMP with DOLLS HEAD & THIRD BITE
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Category: Antique Shotguns - Cartridge - Shotguns - English Double Antique
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Company: Champlin Firearms Inc.
Member Since: 11/19/07
First Name: George
Last Name: Caswell
Country: United States
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#8363 & 8364, Joseph Lang & Son, 7 Bury Street, St. James's, London: A 12 Bore Pair of Back Action Sidelock Ejector Game Guns Completed in 1896, Both with new English barrels in 1959; #1 gun is 28" Ejector dovetail lump barrels with doll head extension plus a third bite at .734 .008 & .014" (Imp.Cyl. & Open Mod.), 2 1/2" chambers, Wall thickness at .030" on both barrels: The #2 gun is 28" Ejector dovetail lump barrels with dolls head extension plus a third bite at .733 .008 & .016" (Imp.Cyl. & Open Mod.), 2 1/2" chambers, Wall thickness on the right at .033" & .031 on the left; #1 gun at 6 lbs. 13 oz. and #2 at 6 lbs. 10 oz., Both guns with new barrels in 1959 and proved in Birmingham at 3 tons with the 2 1/2" chambers, The pair with Ejectors, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 9/16 x 1 1/2 x 2" over 1" leather pads, The #2 gun is 1 5/8" at the comb with all else the same, Cast-off for the right hand, #1 at 6 lbs. 13 oz. & #2 at 6 lbs. 10 oz., 92% coverage of period scroll engraving that is very well cut, The guns with traces of case colors, Both barrels reblacked since new in 1959, The barrel blue now remains on both sets at 98%, The buttstocks and forends remain at 90%, The checkering at 90%, Number 1 & 2 in Gold, The engraving remains very sharp & crisp, All 4 bores remain excellent and with the original bore size as they were in 1959, The bores totally free of any pits with very light surface blemishes in a few spots, This is a nice practical pair of guns that remain in nice condition with a nice set of barrels for each gun. In the early part of the 20th century 85% of Joseph Lang guns had 28" barrels as opposed to the usual 30" barrels. ///////////////////////////////// Joseph Lang married James Purdey daughter and was one of the first pioneers of breech loading sporting firearms in the 1850's. He was very active with sporting dogs and early day field trials. It became Joseph Lang & Son in 1875, the son also named Joseph, apprenticed at Purdey. They moved to 10 Pall Mall in 1890 and became Joseph Lang & Son Ltd. in 1901. In 1907 the firm introduced the ever popular 470 Nitro Express. The sole USA agent was Abercrombie & Fitch in 1914 with a 5 year agreement. In 1925 the firm went with Stephen Grant. In the 1930's Grant & Lang joined with Atkin, Beesley, Hellis, Hussey, Watson Bros. and Lancaster. In 1960 the firm was operating as Atkin, Grant & Lang and by 1971 it was Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang. In the 1990's Ken Duglan operated it as AG&L and by mid-2011 Mr. Francis Lovel purchased the business. He was no stranger to the trade as he also owns Francis Lovel & Co. Ltd. Mr. Lovel shortly thereafter started building Grant over & unders, Grant sidelever's, Atkin spring openers, Atkin over & unders, Lang double express rifles and Lang bolt rifles. You can check out their offerings at atkingrantandlang