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James MacNaughton Edinburgh Gun - 20 gauge, lever cocker

James MacNaughton Edinburgh Gun – 20 gauge, lever cocker

What do you get when you cross the sleekness of a Scottish round-action with the elegance of bar-in-wood design? The shotgun you see here: The Edinburgh Gun by James MacNaughton & Sons.

James MacNaughton opened his gunmaking business in 1864 and in 1879 he introduced his Edinburgh Patent Hammerless Ejector – the world’s first “round-action” shotgun. The first MacNaughton round actions were lever cockers, and the locks cocked when you operated the gun’s top lever to open the breech. Later models, like the on you see here, switched over to a barrel-cocking design.

BTW: if you would like to have a new one, Dickson/MacNaughton will be happy to build one for you. Prices start at £38,775.

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun: This is the “Edinburgh Gun”. A Superb Conditioned and Very Elegant Hammerless Round Action Triggerplate Bar-In-Wood (Skeleton-Action) Double 12 Bore Nitro Made about 1933; This very gun, #3558, is the last recorded gun of the original MacNaughton business and their records, The record of this gun is undated and it is believed to have been delivered either during or shortly after WWII, The current owners have confirmed this fact, It has 28″ Ejector dovetail lump barrels with hidden third bite at .733″ .007 & .027″ (Open Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right and left at .0275″; Original London Nitro Proved at 1 1/8 ounce and then London proved to 3 1/4 tons when the chambers were lengthened to 2 3/4″ from 2 1/2″ & marked with the proper reproof, The safety is a turning top lever on the top strap, Double triggers, The receiver top tang with the MacNaughton trap door, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/8″ over a 5/8″ removable leather pad with plugs, It will go 15 3/16″ with a 1″ pad, Cast-off for the right hand, Great game gun weight at 6 lbs. 11 oz., Very nice wood with excellent black/brown contrast, Good bite remains, 95% coverage of classic scroll engraving, 40% original case colors, 98% case colors remain inside the forend, 60% original case colors on the breech face, A professional reblack on the barrels and now remain at 97%, The stock & forend are at 95%, The checkering is at 98%, The bores are 100% bright and shiny and remain like new.

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

This is special stuff from one of the most famous Edinburgh Gunmakers of the 19th century. It is estimated that about 100 bar-in-wood MacNaughton actions were made and roughly about 200 solid bar actions. James MacNaughton was the patentee of the first round action similar to Dickson’s own later design. His round action triggerplate lockwork was patent #2848 of 1879 which included a falling block as well as this SxS. This patent is certainly the forerunner of all the round actions that are still made to this day. This classic MacNaughton system also carried a U. S. patent #264,723 of 1882. The firm became James MacNaughton & Sons at 36 Hanover in 1905 and remained there until 1940. In 1999 the owners of James MacNaughton bought John Dickson & Son Ltd and formed the company trading under the name of Dickson & MacNaughton to this day. Price: $27,750.00

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

3 Responses to “The world’s sexiest shotgun? The Edinburgh Gun by J. MacNaughton…”

  1. Charles Dingwall says:

    I have handled a skeletal-actioned Dickson in my time and they are a rare treat indeed and this one no less so. A beautiful design that adds an extra grace to a side by side. Lucky man who gets this.
    Charles

  2. PLEASE GIVE ME INFORMATION ON MY MCNAUGHTON DBBNL 12B NUMBER 696 THE OPEL HAS WHAT SEEMS TO BE ENGRAVED WITH A STANDING LION. ANY INFORMATION WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
    JOHN C.SMYTH
    40 CHESTNUT GROVE. NEWRY . N.I. BT341JT.

  3. Gregg says:

    Hello-

    Thank you for your note. Please tell me more about your shotgun and send me as many pictures as possible. I’ll take a look and tell you all I can.

    Happy to help,

    Gregg
    gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

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