Henry Clarke & Sons 16 bore Back Action Sidelock Ejector
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Category: Shotguns - English Double - Shotguns - European Double
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Company: MacNab Fine Firearms
Member Since: 6/30/07
Country: United States
Phone: (704) 796-6364
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: US Postal Money Order, Cashiers Check
*** REDUCED *** This is fine example of the well-known Thomas Perkes backaction sidelock that was retailed at one time or another by nearly every gunmaker in the early 1880's. One of the best known of these is Holland & Holland who marketed the model as their 'No. 2', going on to become their Dominion model in the 1930's. Henry Clarke who finished and retailed this gun was a well-known and respected Midland gun manufacturer, producing a huge range of guns, varying from the plain to the exotic. The generous coverage of fine bold foliate engraving marks this example out as one of his better models and it really is a very handsome gum.
At some point it was restocked and converted to ejector on the Perkes principle. Recently refurbished by Toby Barclay of Heritage Guns this double was TIG sleeved to 16b (from its original 12b) making it the fourth in our 'Accipiter' series. With its interceptor sears and excellent stock dimensions, this gun would be a classy target or game gun for the discerning shooter. Made circa 1875 – 1887. *** The action of No. 10105 is principally of Thomas Perkes design and features: 'Leg of Mutton' lockplates; Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide; 'Patent Block Safety' interceptor sears; Gold lined cocking indicators; Back action locks; Perkes' cocking rods with antifriction rollers; Perkes' style ejector conversion; Breech face 'Patent Gas Check'; Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a Scott Spindle and Anson's forend catch. Gun weighs 7lb even. Engraving style Bouquet & Bold Foliate Scroll. Stylised 'Percussion' fences. Gold inlaid SAFE.Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3lbs Rear trigger 4lbs. *** The TIG sleeved Damascus to steel barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave game type. London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2014. The right barrel is bored 0.661 with a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.032. The left barrel has a bore diameter of 0.661 and a constriction of 0.019 for Modified choke. Minimum wall thickness of 0.029. *** The replacement Straight Hand Stock and original Splinter Forend are both crafted from figured walnut. The stock features a vacant white metal oval and is finished with a 1 1/8" leather covered recoil pad. The forend wood features an engraved steel forend tip and has several small inlet repairs to its edge. The 20-22 lines per inch checkering has been freshened to a normal back-action sidelock pattern. The stock has neutral cast for either shoulder and displays several small marks and dents. The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off. Stock dimensions are 15” by 1-1/2” by 2-1/16” Neutral cast. *** US Agent for Heritage Guns UK. Buyer is responsible for all shipping, insurance and related charges. I give a three-day non-firing inspection and will only accept returns if gun is not as described. Always use sensible low pressure ammunition such as RST shotshells in older and antique shotguns. This is a really nice high grade small bore Holland perfectly suited for upland game or clays. Won’t last long.