J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR PIGEON GUN WITH TWO SETS OF BARRELS, serial no. 21908,
for 1920, 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels with matt rib and intermediate bead sight, the tubes engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', the rear lump engraved '1', loop numbers 52237 / 8, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and /2 choke, some pits;
30in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels with matt rib and intermediate bead sight, the tubes engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', the rear lump engraved '2', loop numbers 52239 / 40, 2 3/4in. chambers, 3/4 choke inserts both;
large treble-grip action with hidden third bite, side-clips, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining slight traces of original colour-hardening, 15in. highly-figured stock including 1in. leather covered recoil pad, weight 7lb. 9oz. (No.1 barrels) and 7lb. 12oz. (No.2 barrels), in its brass-cornered oak and leather case with provision for both sets of barrels
Provenance: The Makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: December 1920
For: J. de Luca
Description: No. 2 of two hammerless ejector pigeon guns
Weight: 7lb. 7oz.
Calibre: 12-bore (2 3/4in. case)
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Both Full Choke
Stock: 14 3/8in.
Action with third grip and clip sides
Screw on side of lever to make safety non-automatic
Extra set of barrels, choked Tight Cylinder & "Choke"
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act