** CLAUDE BOUCHET
AN EXTRAORDINARY .500 A-SQUARE SINGLE-TRIGGER HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK OVER AND UNDER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 4 96,
for 1995, 27 5/8in. nitro barrels with partially file-cut sight rib engraved 'Claude BOUCHET a FLAMARENS .500 A-SQUARE', open sights and ramp-mounted bead fore-sight, three-piece fore-end with gold-washed side-fillet retaining hex bolts, manual toplever, the standing breech engraved 'GRAVE POUR CLAUDE BOUCHET', manual safety with button release, hand-detachable lockplates with linear strikers, the lockplates with integral bridles and partially gold-washed lockwork, adjustable gold-washed single trigger, the action, lockplates and furniture fully carved in high relief with stylised floral, foliate and acanthus designs with ornate bordering and all on a finely matted background, the underside with three vignettes of big game, elephant, lion and lioness, silver finish overall, 13 3/4in. well-figured roachbelly stock rebated at the head and with internal stock bolt, unchequered but with a band of beaded design at the head, the fore-end wood decorated en suite and with large locking gold-washed push button release, weight 20lb. 3oz., in its fitted velveteen-lined brass-cornered leather case
Provenance: Claude Bouchet is unique in both his approach and design of best double rifles. Of the seven he has so far produced, no two are identical. Of impressive proportions, each of his rifles demonstrate a number of innovations and design features to maximise efficiency and safety. Taking an average of a three years to produce each example, his philosophy is focused on advancing the 'State of the Art', aiming to produce the strongest and most powerful guns in existence to the very highest standard. The only part of the rifles he does not make exclusively by hand, in house, are the barrels - milled and deep hole drilled from a single billet of Chrome-Molybdenum steel at a nearby Aerospace machine shop before being hand polished and rifled by him in the workshop.
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act