Henry Atkin (From Purdey's) 12 Bore Sidelock Ejector - 2 Bury Street, St James's, London
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Category: Atkin Grant & Lang Shotguns - Shotguns - English Double
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Company: MacNab Fine Firearms
Member Since: 6/30/07
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: US Postal Money Order, Cashiers Check
*** GREAT NEW PRICE *** The Henry Atkin who built this gun no. 434 in 1883 did his apprenticeship at Purdey's under his father, also named Henry, who is said to have been James Purdey's first employee. There is no doubt that he learnt his trade well as all guns produced under his name are truly gorgeous, this sidelock ejector being no exception. Atkin's records of this period are very sparse and all we know is that it was made for a 'Walter Peake' in 1883 and that it was rebarrelled by Henry Atkin Ltd between 1960 and 1971 when they were at the Bury Street address. The gun has also been restocked to a very high standard and it has been suggested that this might have been gone at the same time as the rebarrelling. Just recently refurbished by Toby Barclay at Heritage Guns UK, we are fairly certain that the gun was not made originally as an ejector and was converted to the very reliable 'Southgate' system, probably around the turn of the 19th Century. The locks exhibit the interceptor sear most commonly used by John Robertson of Boss & Co fame and are of fabulous quality. The beautiful wood combined with the replacement steel barrels make this gun perfect for the serious target or game shooter. Presented in its relined leather and brass case with some accessories and its original Atkin Grant & Lang Ltd label.The action is of normal late19th Century design and features: a toplever operating a double bite Purdey Bolt by way of a Scott Spindle; bar-action sidelocks with Robertson style interceptor sears; Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide; Southgate ejectors tripped by rods running in the action bar and an Anson forend catch. Gun weighs 6lb 9oz. Engraving style is Best Foliate Scroll. Gold inlaid 'SAFE', Ribboned fences. Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs. *** The replacement steel barrels by the Maker are 28" in length, chambered for 2 ¾ " (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed dovetail lump construction with soft soldered ribs.Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game style. London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2014. The right barrel is bored 0.732 and has a constriction of 0.005 for Skeet choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.026. The left barrel is bored 0.732 with a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.028. *** The straight hand stock and splinter forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot with a lightly swept comb. The stock also features a white metal oval engraved 'T.J.H', well-defined drop points and is finished with finely checkered butt. The forend wood is most likely the original, features an engraved steel tip and has 2 small inlets to its edge and an inlet between the knuckle and the forend pin. Superb linseed oil finish. Stock dimensions are 15-3/8” to a checkered butt by 1-7/16” by 2-1/4”. Cast off for the right hand shot. The swept comb results in an approximate Cast at Face of about 3/16”. *** I give a 3-day non-firing inspection and will only accept returns if gun is not as described. A rare chance to purchase a London best from this great maker with maker’s barrels. Ideal for game and clays. *** US Agent for Heritage Guns UK.