William Cashmore 12 Gauge Boxlock Pigeon Gun With Fantastic Wood and 30-1/4” Whitworth Steel Barrels
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Category: Shotguns - Live Pigeon - Shotguns - English Double
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Company: MacNab Fine Firearms
Member Since: 6/30/07
Country: United States
Phone: (704) 796-6364
Number of Active Listings: 44
Total Number of Listings: 504
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: US Postal Money Order, Cashiers Check
*** SOLD *** William Cashmore started his Birmingham business as a gun and rifle maker in 1847 and thrived during the heyday of the British gun trade, only closing its doors in 1960. His was a business that made full use of the British Empire to spread his good name to the remotest outposts during the late 1800's and early 1900's. His guns were particularly well known for winning many prestigious trap and pigeon competitions and he advertised this fact in his catalogues and on tradelabels. Gun no 4739 appeared unexpectedly in a rather very worn gun case and on closer inspection turned out to be a most interesting example of a special order 'Pigeon Gun'. Complete with file cut rib and standard 2 ¾" chambers, it hid its quality under a 'Plain Jane' cloak and it was only when the wood had been cleaned up and the barrels measured that the truth became apparent. It wears the most startling wood and a very unusual short rib, possibly to increase weight without affecting balance. The action looks like a classic Westley Richards top extension bolting but in fact is the design of action filer, Samuel Mills and the action is stamped with his name internally. With its Whitworth steel barrels and great dimensions, one could do little better if looking for a good, solid but uncomplicated gun for competitive clays or game. Made prior to 1893 this Cashmore was recently refurbished by Toby Barclay of Heritage Guns UK. *** The Action is of Anson & Deeley's boxlock design and features: Toplever operating a double bite, Purdey Bolt and a sliding third bite, Doll's Head rib extension; Interceptor sears; Extended trigger plate; Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slideand a Deeley forend catch. Gun weight 7lb 1oz. Engraving style Plain action. Gold inlaid 'SAFE' at safety slide. Silver inlaid 'W CASHMORE' on toplever. LH barrel engraved '1st PRIZE ADELAIDE 1887 MELBOURNE 1888' and 'WHITWORTH FLUID PRESSED STEEL'. Short rib engraved '2 3/4 in case'.Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ¼ lbs Rear trigger 4 ¼ lbs. The Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid Pressed Steel barrels are 30 ¼ " in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed dovetail lump construction with soft soldered ribs.Top rib is of the file-cut, pigeon style. There are a few light surface marks in the otherwise clean and bright bore. London reproof for 2 ¾" nitro powder cartridges in 1964. The right barrel is bored 0.733 and has a constriction of 0.014 for Light Modified choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.029. The left barrel is also bored 0.733 with a constriction of 0.13 for a tight Improved Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.028. The half pistol grip stock and splinter forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shooter. It features a vacant, white metal escutcheon, well-defined drop points, chequered panels and is finished with a 1" Silvers recoil pad. The forend has a horn tip. There is a small natural shake at the hand of the stock. The 24 approximate lines per inch chequering is cut to a normal boxlock stock pattern although the forend is a somewhat more unusual semi-borderless pattern. 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 of the surface. Stock dimensions are 14-13/16” by 1-11/16” by 2-5/16”. Negligible cast off for the right handed shooter. *** 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. This is a great well made double with outstanding wood that will still perform well in the pigeon rings today. A great gun for clays.