W.W. Greener Grade 2 SxS Shotgun 12 gauge 28" barrels with Greener Hard Case
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Category: Greener, W.W. Shotguns - Shotguns - English Double
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Seller: United Sportsmen's Company
Company: United Sportsmen's Company
Member Since: 5/4/11
First Name: Brendan
Last Name: Walsh
Country: United States
Phone: (815) 599-5690
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Seller: FFL Dealer
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W.W. Greener Grade 2 SxS 12 ga. Shotgun, 28" barrels and Greener Hard Case!
Make famous in the John Wayne film "Big Jake"
This used W.W. Greener SxS 12 gauge shotgun 28" bbls (fixed chokes--rt Mod. & left Full), Top of the barrels is stamped "W.W. Greener 68 Hay Market London, Winner at the London Gun Trials 1875, 1877, 1878, & 1879". Stock has been refinished at some point, checkering redone, and Fajen butt pad added, beautiful turkish circausion walnut with matching splinter forearm. Wood shows some dings, nicks, NO cracks! Metal shows bluing wear and small nicks/dings in the barrel. Right barrel has a small flat spot on the bottom of the barrel at the tip. Bores are good. Bottom of the trigger guard (under the second trigger) is cracked. Good shape for a gun of it's age. Please see pictures to see actual condition. Production of Greener weapons started in 1829, when W. Greener began manufacturing his muzzleloaders. W. Greener was the first to discard vent holes in breeches. He was also instrumental in improving the hardness and quality of barrels, by using more steel in their manufacture. He also improved the Harpoon Gun and his model was the one adopted by the Scottish Fisheries, and is still in use today. His greatest innovation was the invention of the expanding rifle bullet. In 1845-59, W. Greener was appointed to make sporting guns for the Prince Consort. In the 1851 London Exhibition, the company received the highest award "for guns and barrels perfectly forged and finished". In 1853 and 1855, the company received Silver medals at the New York City and Paris Exhibitions. The company's products were also sold for as much as 75 pounds, in the Southern states of America, before the Civil War. Since W. Greener did not believe in breechloaders, his son, W.W. Greener started his own factory. In 1864, he produced his first patent, an under-lever pin-fire half-cocking breechloader with a top bolt entering the barrel underneath the top rib. When W. Greener died in 1869, his son W.W. Greener merged the two companies into one. His next patent was the self-acting striker, followed by a famous cross-bolt mechanism produced as a single top bolt, in 1865. In 1873, this cross-bolt mechanism was combined with the bottom holding down bolts to produce the "Treble Wedge-Fast" breech action. The treble wedge-fast was one of the strongest breech actions ever invented and was widely copied by other manufacturers, after the patent rights expired. The choke bored guns performed better than the cylinder guns in all these tests, and W.W. Greener choke bore guns won the class 1, class 2 and class 4 categories. Greener Choke bores also won at the London Gun Trials of 1877 and 1879, and the Chicago Field Gun Trial of 1879. The results of these trials were responsible for making the W.W. Greener name famous. In the film Big Jake, John Wayne's character asks his estranged wife, Martha (played by Maureen O'Hara), if she brought his "Greeners, the the double-barrels". Wayne then proceeds to open a gun case revealing matching shotguns and his favorite derringer, "Betsy". There is also a reference in the 1973 film Cahill U.S. Marshal where Wayne is in a box car with several prisoners and one says, "You're not going to leave that old Greener on cock are you?".
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