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Side-by-side, double barrel shotguns are usually easy to tell apart:

You have boxlocks….

Anson & Deeley Boxlock Shotgun

Anson & Deeley Boxlock Shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you have sidelocks…

W&C Scott Sidelock shotgun

W&C Scott Sidelock shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But sometimes it’s not so easy, like with this Bernardelli:

Bernardelli shotgun

Bernardelli shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It sure looks like a sidelock, right? It has a sideplate, there are pins in the sideplate, a tumbler axis for the hammer (tumbler). But those sideplates are very misleading. This Bernardelli is actually a boxlock. And in this pictures you can see the sign that gives it away:

Bernardelli shotgun, showing bottom of action

Bernardelli shotgun, showing bottom of action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the screw to the right of the barrel lump (the square, blued piece ┬áin the floor of the action)? That screw holds a plate in place. That plate comes off so you can access the gun’s locks. The locks are are mounted on the action, not the sideplate, and the plate gives this Bernardelli’s true status away.

The sideplates are ornamental and designed to make this double look like an expensive sidelock, while the gun is really a boxlock, sold at a more affordable price.

 

3 Responses to “Sidelock or boxlock? See if you can tell…”

  1. Alexey says:

    Oh my, how very clever of them! *rofl*
    Thank you, I’ve never thought of the action floor screw as a differentiating sign between BL and SL.
    btw, I know of a gun that could serve as an example of the opposite – a true sidelock that looks just like a (sideplated) boxlock.

  2. Gregg says:

    Glad you liked it. I would love to see a pics of the sidelock/boxlock you saw.

    Thanks

    Gregg

  3. Alexey says:

    Here goes.
    You’d think it was just a sideplated boxlock, woudn’t you?
    http://talks.guns.ru/forums/icons/forum_pictures/000326/326448.jpg
    http://talks.guns.ru/forums/icons/forum_pictures/000326/326446.jpg
    The cocking indicator looks just like on the Sauer Model VIII, no pins are visible on the outside.
    http://talks.guns.ru/forums/icons/forum_pictures/000326/326444.jpg
    The gun looks, so cheap, it can’t possibly be a pinless sidelock, right?

    Wrong!
    http://talks.guns.ru/forums/icons/forum_pictures/000981/981610.jpg
    IzhB47, one of the line of sidelocks (IZhBK, 36, 36M, 46, 47) made in Izhevsk, USSR, from 1936 to 1941 and from 1944 to 1949. In case your’e wondering, it’s the same outfit that makes Baikal (Spartan) shotguns now.

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