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W. & C. Scott is one of my favorite English makers. Their guns, especially their early breechloaders, are some of the finest double-barrel shotguns ever made in the UK.

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

For a good chunks of Scott’s history (especially the 19th century), North America was their major market. Thousands of their guns were sold over here, many through an outfit called William Reid & Sons of Boston, MA. This gun here is a perfect example of the kind of side-by-side shotgun Scott was making, and of how Reid would have outfitted it and presented it to a client.

Made in about 1881,  this is a hammerless 10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier in fantastic, all original condition. It is a true, Best-quality gun, and when this one was made, it was Scott’s top-of-the-line shotgun. I’m not sure how much it would have cost, but it was very expensive. A few things about this gun: the engraving is very stylized. I know the birds look a bit kooky; but in the 1880s, that was how they engraved them. Look at how the forend-iron fits into the action — flawless. And check out how the lockplates fit– again, perfect. This gun was handmade and it’s amazing to see how well perfect it is. Compared to most brand new, CNC made guns, it’s far nicer. BTW: If you have a W. & C Scott shotgun and you would like to know more about it, please drop me an email. I would be happy to help you out with it.


10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

12 Responses to “Wow – W. & C. Scott 10 gauge Premier shotgun…”

  1. ollie says:

    i have one of the double 10 like the one in your pic .also engraved would like to know if parts can be found.if so where..

  2. Gregg says:


    Thanks for your post. I would be happy to help you out some more with your Scott.

    Parts are not available for these guns. Scotts were largely hand made of hand fitted in their day. Today, parts for them would have to be made from scratch.

    If you tell me more about your gun and about what is wrong with it, I may be able to point to someone who can help you out.

    Do you have any pics of your gun?



  3. Dave Suter says:

    Hi there…we have this 10 gauge shotgun..the ducks are in a different spot, however. It is in perfect condition and we were just curious about the value of it. It was my great grandfathers…thank you !


  4. Pete Garrett says:

    I have a side-by-side 10 guage double that says Damascus Steel on each barrell. It has imprints “J.W. Scotts” on each side of the action along with a lot of engraving. It also says something like CRIVRE CLUB GUN. It has external hammers. I have the small hand-held reloader and several tall brass shells that were used with this gun. I know that my grandfather used this in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in Missouri and it has been passed down to me. Looking for any information about where and when it was made. Found a number 11 and some fancy figures under the forearm wood. Looks handmade from all the connections I can see.

  5. Gregg says:

    I think J.W. Scotts were Belgian made guns retailed by Sears. Do you have any pics of the gun? If you email them to me, I’ll try and tell you more.



  6. Tracy says:

    We have two WRA side by side 10 guage shotguns with serial numbers that we inherited. One is labeled parker brother makers Meriden ct laminated steel and the other is a w & c scott & son makers and patentees London. Can you tell us anything about them or the value of these guns?

  7. Gregg says:

    Hi Tracy-

    Thanks for your comment. I would be happy to help you with your guns.

    First off, I’ll need to know a lot more about them.

    Please tell me all you can about the guns: serial #s, barrel lengths, etc. Then I’ll also need to take a look at the guns. Take lots of pics and send them to me at:


    I’ll take a look and tell you all I can.



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  10. Greg Tosh says:

    I have a WC-Scott double barrel shot gun. On the gun it has WC-Scott & Son 39178 D-Bar WH Holstein Helmstedt. Could you tell me if it is a 10 or 12 gauge.

  11. Greg Tosh says:

    I have a WC-Scott& son 39178 D-Bar WH- Holstein-Helmstedt. Can you tell me if it is a10 or 12 gauge.

  12. Gregg says:

    Hi Greg-

    Does you gun have any marks on the bbls? These should indicate the gauge. If you send me a pic of them I’ll try and help you out.

    And sorry for the tardy response. My system has been messed up.


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