W.W. Greener 12 Bore – FH25 GRADE, HIGH CONDITION FACILE PRINCEPS ACTION, 1914
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Category: Greener, W.W. Shotguns - Shotguns - English Double
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Seller: Vintage Firearms, Inc
Company: Vintage Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 5/19/07
First Name: jay
Last Name: shachter
Country: United States
Phone: (616) 292-6240
Phone2: (616) 954-0362
Fax: (616) 805-3668
Number of Active Listings: 120
Total Number of Listings: 1873
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: check, certified funds
W.W. Greener 12 Bore SxS
FH25 Grade, FACILE PRINCEPS ACTION, HIGH CONDITION, 1914
General Specs: WW Greener, Year 1914, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 12oz, SxS
Serial Number: 64691
While many people think of London as the 'best' gunmakers, it is fact that Birmingham was the center of the gunmaking industry and Birmingham craftsmen were the patentees of most of the important improvements in shotgun design and manufacture in the 19th century. Of the Birmingham gunmakers, none were making better guns or were recognizing greater achievements than William Wellington Greener, not just because of his prowess as a gunmaker, but because of his strict standards of excellence that put his firm's reputation at the forefront of British gunmaking. Greener is known for his development of boxlock designs superior to the original Anson & Deeley, the most important being his 'Facile Princeps' model, known to be the strongest action per weight of any boxlock designed then or even now. Greener was also one of the few makers to manufacture his own barrels from start to finish. This fine Greener, sn64691 built in 1914, is a grand example of the quality of a W.W. Greener mid-grade gun. Named the FH25 (as it cost 25 guineas in 1914), as the price increased through the years, the same grade of gun was called the FH35, then the FH50, commensurate with the cost of the day. The FH25 had about 40% coverage of fine English scroll engraving, nicely figured English walnut, finely checkered, a graceful long forend terminating in a Schnabel horn tip, and the finest nitro steel barrels found on a mid-grade English gun. The condition of this gun is factory original with 95% fading case color, 98% factory blue, near perfect checkering with no appreciable wear, no cracks or repairs, perfect screws, superb wood-to-metal-fit, perfect bores, barrels fit tight to breech face and hinge pin, and still in proof with 2 ½” chambers and .731 bore diameters…just the way you want to find a 103-year-old Greener! Best of all, this is a gun made for heavy use and proofed for 1 ¼ oz. loads and choked M/XF. What a pheasant, pigeon, upland game gun this is at 6 3/4lbs. with 30” barrels and balanced 3/16” in front of the hinge pin. Nice stock dimensions as well, this gun was the #2 gun of a multi-gun set as noted by the gold inlaid numeral “2” on the forend, barrels, and action. All mechanics are in perfect working order with crisp trigger pulls, strong well-timed ejectors, and positive safety. This is a true work of art in high, factory original condition, with very desirable features for the modern shooter…a gun of true and long-lasting value and a great investment at a very reasonable price. Thanks for looking!
Barrel Length: 30"
Chokes: .017/.045 M/XF
Bores: perfect mirror
Bore Diameter: .731 both
Wall Thickness: .025 both
% Blue: 99%
Chambers: 2 1/2" in proof
Ribs: smooth tight
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 95% fading
Engraving: scroll; 40% coverage, nicely cut
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 80% long tang
Type: English stock/Splinter forend; English walnut; horn schnable tip
LOP: 14 1/4"
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 1/4"
DAH: 2 1/8"
DAC: 1 9/16"
Cast: 1/8" off 1/4" toe
Checkering Condition: excellent
Butt Treatment: leather covered pad
There are more photos upon request. We offer a 30 day mechanical warranty on this fine shotgun. Call us for full details. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. Just open one of my ads and click on the line that says “see all items from this seller” and a very nice list of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. I have many more fine sxs shotguns not yet listed. Thanks for looking!
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase.
Payment Methods: Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $45.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
If you have any questions about this item or payment, please email or call us directly, at #616-292-6240. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.