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Company: Champlin Firearms Inc.
Member Since: 11/19/07
First Name: George
Last Name: Caswell
Country: United States
Phone: (580) 237-7388
Seller Type:FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns and accessories.
5 Plus Days
LANG 450 3 1/4" BPE- 1897 DELUXE GRADE TOPLEVER EJECT- EXC. PLUS BORES- 90% ORIG. CASE COLORS- 95% SUPERB & UNUSUAL ENGRAVING- O&L ORIG. TRUNK- G
#8545, Joseph Lang & Son, 10, Pall Mall, London: An Extremely Nice Top Drawer Deluxe Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Ejector 450 3 1/4" BPE Made about 1897, Formerly owned by Lord Rossmore, Built on the Great Webley action with 26" Ejector Dovetail Lump steel barrels with a Dolls Head Rib Extension Third Bite, Full length rib with 1 standing & 1 folding platinum lined rear sights, Proofed in London, Bushed strikers, Lever release forend, Steel engraved grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, Double triggers, 14 3/4" LOP over an engraved and checkered steel buttplate, 8 lbs. 14 oz., Outstanding figured wood with excellent & deep black/brown color & contrast, 95% coverage of very fine scroll engraving the like of which is seldom seen to this detail of this era, The fully engraved trigger guard tang extends to the engraved steel grip cap, This vintage Classic still retains an honest 90% original case colors, The barrels have been 100% professionally reblacked, The trigger guard & tang retain 98% original blue, The engraved steel buttplate has 80% original blue, The buttstock & forend with absolute original finish and they remain at 92-93% with handling marks from being around 121 years, The checkering is original and still at 97%, The breech face retains 99% of its original case colors, The inside of the forend has 98% case colors, Every screw inside & out is still 98-99%, As you would expect the bores are excellent plus condition and look like the day they walked out of Joseph Lang 121 years ago. The whole is cased in its original brass cornered oak & leather trunk with the correct trade label. It has 2 each paper covers of period ammo from Eley Bros. for the 450 Express. It has a South African Railway sticker, an American Express Co. Foreign Department sticker along with several others. This gun was at Monaghan military barracks, Garda Station, in Ireland in 1983 and belonged to Lady Rossmore. The Garda station is a listed building, and still retains the bullet proof steel shutters and doors from the Troubles of 1919-21. There was a Rossmore 19th century castle that had three towers and over 117 windows in 53 different shapes and sizes. Here is first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and Lang romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. As many of you know, I have seen my fair share of period black powder express double rifles but not many come as clean, with ejectors, cased and bores like new as this guy. ///////////////////////////////////////// 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