What do you think of these insane double rifles?

Over the last few months, William Larkin Moore & Sons has posted some of the finest vintage double rifles I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a range of them, including these two droplock Westley Richards with a ton of killer original condition:

.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,
.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,

From the massive, like this side-by-side .577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903. An elephant stomper like this can generate 7,010 Ft-lbf of punch with a 750-gr bullet — KABoom! Compare that to a .30-06, which generates 2,981Ft-lbf of smack with a 220-gr bullet.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition

To the mid-size, like this WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition. With it’s lightweight, his double rifle would be perfect for deer hunting here in the States. And since it’s not a dangerous-game gun, the single trigger is just fine.

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3" BPE Cased
JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased

The collection WLM is selling also contains stuff like super rare SxS rifle: JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased. To date, Dickson has made around 2,000 Round Action guns. Of these, fifteen have been double rifles and two have been .577s. And the one you see here is in fantastic condition. Special? You bet.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

And this ‘friggin oddball OU. It’s a WW GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition. This rifle is just weird, and I can’t imagine why it was ever built. No one I know has seen another like it, and I bet it’s a one-off. On top of that, it looks new. So whoever ordered in back in 1886 never bothered to hunt with it. Maybe once they got it they realized how odd it was and decided they would take something else to Africa.

Auction alert: 12g Westley Richards droplock with hidden value…

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

There are 4 things I love about this classy, little Best-Quality Westley Richards boxlock ejector droplock shotgun coming to auction May 7, 2018 at Poulin’s Antiques in Fairfield, ME.

1. It’s an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock. This is one of the classic British shotgun designs. Reliable & rugged, it’s been around since 1875 and is still used by Westley Richards today (those guns start at £54,500).

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

2. Droplocks (or”detachable locks,” as the Brits call them). Invented in 1897, droplocks are durable, easy to maintain, and just plain cool. Gunwriter Vice Venters wrote “Westley Richards hand detachable…are nothing short of a stroke of genius.”

3. Newish barrels by Westley Richards in 1954. They’re this gun’s hidden value–and a huge benefit. Even though this gun is 100+ year old, it has modern, 2 3/4″ chambers nitro-proofed for 1 1/4 ounce loads (and perfect upland chokes). That means it can shoot most easy-to-find, modern, 12-gauge ammo (just stick to light loads and lead shot).

4. Its estimate. With a low range of $3,000, it could go cheap. And if it goes anywhere with the $3-5,000 range, it’s a deal.

Lot 1014: WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 3/4″. S# 9004. Bbls. 26″ Fluid steel w/ Nitro proofs for 1 1/4 oz. loads were new from Westley Richards in 1954. “Westley Richards” gold name model. Scalloped drop lock action having Case colored finish w/ blue floorplate & trigger guard. Removable locks have fully jeweled surfaces. Single selective trigger. Auto ejectors. Horn-tipped splinter forearm & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine English walnut w/ silver nameplate in toeline. LOP: 14 5/16″ over Universal solid red pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/4″. Cast off. Bore diameter: right – .729, left – .029. Bore restriction: right – .010, left – .020. Wall thickness: right – .033, left – .030. Weight: 6 lbs. 5.9 oz CONDITION: 70% blue w/ fading along sides. Frame retains 30% lightly visible case colors. Floorplate shows 80% blue. Trigger guard has good blue on bow w/ silvering along grip. Stocks have lightly worn finish w/ scattered scratches & handling marks. Very good bright bores. (17-3919/DS). CURIO. $3,000-5,000.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

The secrets of the sexy 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS …

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).

Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks
Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:

-The beautiful cut scroll engraving

-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger

-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening

-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock

-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.

-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there

BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Wow – what a nice shotgun. Classic, British, and very original, this vintage 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS was completed in November in 1929 for Boston sporting goods store Bob Smith.

It has a couple secrets. See if you can spot them. In a few days, I’ll reveal them and show & tell more about this great little double.

BTW: This gun is for sale. If you’re interested and would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Wow – some nice looking Westley Richards Ovundos …

New Westley Richards Ovundo Double Barrel OU Shotgun
New Westley Richards Ovundo Double Barrel OU Shotgun

Westley Richards is one the gun world’s most famous makers — and for good reason. Their 1875 patent for the Anson & Deeley side-by-side boxlock action is one of the most important shotgun innovations ever created. In 1914, Westley Richards came up with another shotgun patent. This one was for an over-under, and even though it wasn’t as revolutionary as the one they filed in 1875, this patent was almost as unique.

Westley Richards called their new OU the Ovundo, and with it they joined Boss & Co, Frederick Beesley and James Woodward & Sons as another British gunmaker building stack-barreled, hammerless guns. But while Boss and Woodward both used low-profile actions with pivot-points mounted on the sides of the barrels and locking points in the lower third of the action, WR used a single, small lump on the bottom of the barrels and locking bites located at the top sides the barrels at the breech end. The Ovundo were also boxlocks, with the lockwork mounted on either side of the action, and they came in range of models, from basic ones with fixed locks to fancy ones with sideplates, inspection ports and detachable locks.

BTW: According to this blog post by Simon Clode Westley Richards is set to start building the Ovundo again.

20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.
20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.

Westley Richards “Ovundo” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger EjectorA sweet beautiful  light 5lb 9oz   20ga  single trigger (selective)  straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates. Great case colors, great engraving on a scalloped frame. Knockout wood. Price: $25,995.

WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO DROP LOCK 12 GAUGEHINGED PLATE  26″ SOLID RIB 014 AND 036 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 14 OZ X 2 5/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $35,000.

12g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.
12g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.
Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.
Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.

Westley Richards, BirminghamMagnificent 20ga. “Ovundo”, detachable-lock, game gun completed in 1924 and remaining in near new condition throughoutStunning vintage 20ga. remaining in near pristine condition throughout. Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz.  Stock Dimensions: 14 ¾”x 1 ½”x 2 3/8”x straight.  Superb, flawless, 28” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and brilliant bores, .628”/.631” (proofed at .625”/.626”), choked .011”/ .035”, and with minimum wall thickness of .033”/.029”, retain virtually all the original black finish. The iconic Westley Richards Patent Hand-Detachable locks remain in pristine condition. Beautifully deep-relief engraved action and side plates equipped with inspection doors retain virtually all the original brilliant hardening colors.

Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.
Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.

Westley Richards Patent single-selective trigger. Nicely figured walnut stock and forend retain virtually all the original finish and checkering remains crisp and sharp showing no evidence of use whatever. Silver’s butt pad in good condition.. Original Maker’s oak and leather case is in fine condition and contains the original complement of accessories in virtually unused condition. The original canvas and leather outer cover has a number of tiny specs of what would appear to be white paint spatter but is otherwise in very good condition. The overall fit and finish of this magnificent little gun is exemplary in every regard and it is hard to believe it is almost 100 years old. Overall a near pristine example and a great rarity. Unlikely you will ever have another opportunity to own such a classic in this condition. Price: $74,500.

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Stephen Grant & Sons, London. Exceedingly rare and fine light weight “Twelve-Twenty” self-opening game gun finished out with 20ga. barrels, ca. 1948, Pic Copyright Lewis Drake & Associates, www.drake.net
Stephen Grant & Sons, London. Exceedingly rare and fine light weight “Twelve-Twenty” self-opening game gun finished out with 20ga. barrels, ca. 1948, Pic Copyright Lewis Drake & Associates, www.drake.net

Stephen Grant & Sons, London. Exceedingly rare and fine light weight “Twelve-Twenty” self-opening game gun finished out with 20ga. barrels, ca. 1948Weight: only 5 ½ Lbs.  Stock Dimensions: 15 3/8”x 1 3/8”x 2 3/8”x 3/8” cast-off.  Superb 28” chopperlump steel barrels with original 2 ¾” 1 oz. proofs have absolutely mint bores (.619”/.620”), choked .007”/.025”, and minimum walls .028”/.029”.  Beautifully sculpted and engraved, Baker 1913 patent, self-opening action is fitted with absolutely peerless quality, locks by Chilton & son. For those not familiar with this action and lock design I suggest you do a bit of reading. This happens to be my favorite of all the great British self-opening mechanisms. Overall this magnificent example, complete with original maker’s case and accessories, remains in virtually mint condition throughout and is a great rarity.  Price: $57,500

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS 12 GAUGE30″ BARRELS 024 AND 036 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL UNTOUCHED CONDITION WITH LIGHT BLUE WEAR AND LIGHT HANDLING MARKS IN THE WOOD 6LBS 5 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $12,500

Westley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder Side-by-SideWestley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder — Gun remains in very good condition; flintlock hammer gun with very modest scroll engraving on the lock plates and hammers, steel butt plate and damascus barrels. Price: $8,500

Westley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder Side-by-Side
Westley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder Side-by-Side
Arrieta 803 20 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Arrieta 803 20 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Arrieta 803 20 gaugeHolland & Holland 7 pin hand removable sidelock. Purdy style hand engraving. Double triggers with front articulated trigger. Churchill type rib. Holland & Holland assited opener. English walnut straight handed stock and splinter forend with hand rubbed finish. Barrels are 26 5/8″ choked Mod and IM.  LOP is 14″ from the front trigger to center of the leather covered 1″ pad. Demensions are1 1/2″drop at comb, and 2 3/8″, with slight cast on for a right handed shooter.
This fine gun is 98% overall condition, with the case colors (99%) in near perfect condition, the blueing very fine (98%) with only 1 blemish (see photo) from the gun safe on left barrel, wood is in excellent condition with only very slight handling marks (98%). Price: $5700

Beretta 686 Onyx, 20-Gauge, OU Shotgun, 28" bbls
Beretta 686 Onyx, 20-Gauge, OU Shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta 686 Onyx, 20-Gauge, OU Shotgun, 28″ bbls: Price: $1,299.99

Caliber: 20-Gauge.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very good with minor blemishes.
Wood Condition: Very good with minor blemishes.
Bore Condition: Shiny.
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single select.
Stock: Chekcered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 13½”, DAH 2″, DAC 1½”.
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Polymer recoil pad.
Weight: 5-lbs., 15-ozs.
Sights: Front bead.
Chokes: 2-chokes: IC, IC

A Westley Richards droplock: here’s what makes them different…

In 1875, Westley Richards started building side-by-side shotguns on their famous Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Twenty-one year later, the company updated the A & D design with the famous Detachable Lock Action. Check out the pics below to see some of what sets these designs apart.

This first pic shows a regular Westley Richards Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Note the three pins  on the side of the action. Those pins fasten the lockwork in place.

A standard boxlock Westley Richards
A standard boxlock Westley Richards

The next pic shows a Westley Richards droplock. See how the the three pins on those three pins are missing on this gun? That’s because the detachable lockwork on this Westley is fastened on plates housed inside the action.

A droplock Westley Richards
A droplock Westley Richards, pic from Hallowellco.com

Here’s another pic of a standard Westley boxlock. Even though this shotgun is equipped with a hinged floor plate, it’s a fixed-lock gun.

Locks & action on a standard boxlock Westley Richards
Locks & action on a standard boxlock Westley Richards

This is a droplock with the floorplate removed and the left-had lock lifted from the action. See the plate to the back of the lock? That’s what the lockwork is mounted on.

Locks on a Westley Richards Droplock
Locks on a Westley Richards Droplock, pic from Hallowellco.com

In this final pic you can see the set of the locks dropped all the way out of the gun. You can also the plate that entire lock mechanism is mounted on.

Westley Richards Boxlock with Detachable Locks (Droplocks)
Westley Richards Boxlock with Detachable Locks (Droplocks)
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