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Rare W.W. Greener 12 Bore (2 1/2 in.) Double Barrel Back Action Jones Patent Rotary Underlever Hammer Rifle
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DESCRIPTION: Rifle features 25" browned laminated steel barrels each engraved with a band of stylized running foliage at the breech end. Broad raised matted rib with bead front sight, rear sight of three folding leaves each with platinum inlaid center line. Casehardened border engraved action with long water table, the joint pin engraved with a rosette on each end, the right side of the action engraved “W.W. GREENER ST. MARY’S WORKS. BIRMINGHAM” and the left side engraved “SIGHTED WITH 4 DRAMS OF POWDER”. Casehardened border engraved back action locks each signed “W.W. GREENER”. The action and non-rebounding locks incorporating Greener’s patent self-extracting firing pin mechanism. The underside of the barrels with Birmingham black powder proof marks and Greener “Elephant” trademarks. Figured semi-pistol grip stock (LOP = 14 3/8 in., DAC = 1 3/4 in., DAH = 2 1/4 in.); steel butt plate with checkered panel; checkered grip and forearm, the latter with cross-wedge fastener. The underside of the butt with blank silver oval initial escutcheon and sling eye, the corresponding sling eye to the underside of the barrels. Weight 10 lbs. 14 oz.
CONDITION: Barrels retaining 99% professionally rebrowned finish. Action and locks each retaining faded traces of original casehardened finish, the remainder a silver and dark grey patina. C-scroll hammers, Jones underlever, trigger guard and buttplate each retaining near 100% reblued finish. Pistol grip cap a dark mottled grey patina. Stock re-oiled, checkering refreshed. Good bores with well defined rifling, showing scattered patches of moderate pitting in the right barrel. Accurate, proven shooter with both smokeless and black powder loads (sample targets and load date will accompany rifle). Mechanically excellent.
PROVENANCE: While WW Greener records for the period prior to 1880 do not contain much information, according to the company this 12-bore double rifle was made in 1872 and featured their patented self-retracting striker mechanism (Greener's solution to the tendency for firing pins in the early centerfire era to stick in the soft primers of cartridges of that time, effectively bolting the gun closed after discharge). Self-retracting striker shotguns and rifles were made by W W Greener between 1868 and 1875 and most had Jones under-lever opening mechanisms. Shotguns of this type are not common and rifles are quite rare.
Antique / No FFL Required.