Stephen Grant & Sons 12 Bore Bar Action Sidelock Ejector With 30” Barrels And Long Stock – No. 2 Of A Pair
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Category: Stephen Grant Shotguns - Shotguns - English Double
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This Grant sidelock, no. 7072, made in 1898 is a superb example of a Best London sidelock ejector from this highly respected gunmaker, made in the heyday of the British gun trade. Although undoubtedly a Grant gun, details of its internal mechanisms definitely point to the gun being manufactured in the workshop of John Robertson. Although by now the proprietor of Boss & Co, Robertson maintained his factory at George Yard where he made Boss guns, moving to Ham Yard in 1899. According to Donald Dallas, Robertson's trade actions were very distinctive in having an angular internal junction between top strap and action. Also, his locks were unusual in using his own hook design for an interceptor sear as opposed to the Block Safety used by Holland & Holland and Scott. Furthermore, the design of his favored safety slide detent mechanism, a variation on the 'over-centre' system, appears in all his patent specifications drawings although not mentioned in the text. Lastly, the ejector mechanism, referred to as 'Patent Ejector' on the rib, is the functional equivalent of provisional patent no 11623 of 1887, produced by the collaboration of Henry Holland and John Robertson. All these features can be found in Grant gun no 7072. *** Recently refurbished in the UK by Heritage Guns. The action of gun no 7072 is delightfully engraved with the signature Grant fluted fences and in fabulous condition. The stock has been professionally replaced by a skilled stocker at some time and although of fairly straight grain walnut, it has excellent dimensions. The 30" barrels have been TIG sleeved and re-proofed for 2-3/4" nitro cartridges. This all adds up to a strong gun that is a joy to shoot and should give many years of service on game or clays with normal maintenance. *** The action is of traditional bar action sidelock design and features: Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' via a 'Scott Spindle'.Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide, Bar action locks, Roger's cocking levers, Interceptor sears, Disk set strikers, Coil spring ejectors tripped by slides in the bar of action, and Anson's push rod forend catch. Gun weighs 7lb 2oz. Engraving style Best fine foliate scroll. Finely carved action bar. Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2lbs Rear trigger 3 1/2lbs. *** The TIG sleeved Damascus to steel barrels are 30" 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 smooth, concave game type. London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2009. The right barrel is bored 0.731 and has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.029. The left barrel is bored 0.732 with a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.033. *** The Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from lightly figured walnut. The forend has a small inlay in the center, mainly obscured by the checkering. There are two inlets to the forend edge. The fine 24 lines per inch checkering is to normal sidelock pattern. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot, features well defined drop points, a blank escutcheon and a checkered butt. 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. The stock dimensions are 15-3/8” to a checkered butt by 1-3/8” by 2-1/4”. Cast off 1/4” for the righthand shot. *** You will be proud to uncase this handsome Grant at the range or afield. Great handling. *** 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.