A 4 gauge side-by-side. Yeah, FOUR gauge …

4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook
4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook

I have no idea what I would do with this beautiful shotgun. But I would sure like to own it.

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, waterfowlers along the east coast of the US and especially around the Chesapeake Bay used 4-gauge and 8-gauge shotguns like this for long-range pass shooting at ducks, geese, and swans. But in 1913, use of any shotguns bigger than 10 big bores on migratory birds was outlawed in the U.S. by the Weeks-McLean Law.

4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook
4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook

But in the UK, 8-gauges and 4-gauges remained legal, and today some folks still hunt waterfowl with them. Judging by the condition of this 4 gauge, I doubt it has seen much time on a riverbank or salt marsh.

Graham Mackinlay & Co in Glasgow, Scotland, just listed it on their site.

4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by AllsebrookNow here is something you don’t see every day. This is a double side-lock hammer-less fore bore, beautifully built by Steve Allsebrook.

4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook
4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook

The action body is engraved with bold acanthus scroll and pierces strap work. The left lock is engraved with two geese in flight and the right with three mallard ducks. The gun retains all of its hardening colour, which includes the trigger guard and top lever. The gun was beautifully engraved by Geoff Moore. The barrels are 36” long with 4” chambers and are nitro proofed. Chokes are approximately ¾ and full.

The barrels are fitted with a flat top rib, which is engraved SP Allsebrook Kirkby in Ashfield Nottingham. The gun has an Anson fore end, with beautifully made fore end tip. The gun is cased in its oak and leather case, with silver snap cap and oil bottle. The gun is truly spectacular. This gun has only fired 24 cartridges from new! Price: £39,500.00

4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook
4g sidelock non-ejector SxS shotgun by Allsebrook

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