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J. Purdey, .410. side-by-side, Ken Hunt inlays
J. Purdey, .410. side-by-side, Ken Hunt inlays

PURDEY BEST KEN HUNT ENGRAVED 4 GUN SET .410, 28g, 20g & 12g : ALL ARE KEN HUNT ENGRAVED, CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS BUILT BETWEEN 1980 AND 1981 ALL ARE NEW UNFIRED.

WESTLEY RICHARDS SXS Double Rifle 500/465 NE : 26″ BARRELS WITH 3 LEAF EXPRESS REAR SIGHT AND BEADED FRONT SIGHT DOUBLE TRIGGERS EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION CASED 11 1/2 LBS

Parker DHE 16 Bore Heavy Duck, 32” : 32″ F&F with 2 9/16″ chambers, 14 ¼”, 7 lbs. 10.1 oz.,1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 1/4 with neutral cast

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 20 GAUGE TOURNAMENT SKEET : 26″ Barrels and WS1 and WS2 Chokes. Bores are mirror condition and measure .615 as original. Weight6 Lbs 11 3/4 Oz. Red Winchester recoil pad. Selective ejectors. Gun is tight on face. Matted rib with center bead. Checkering is sharp.

Charles Daly, Lindner, 10 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun
Charles Daly, Lindner, 10 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN 10 GAUGE MADE BY LINDNER: Features 29 3/4″ barrels with 3″ chambers. Bores are .778 with IC and Mod chokes. Slight frosting, couple of areas of light and shallow pitts. Barrels ring like a bell. Extractor gun. Famous Daly “Crossed Pistols” makers mark. 9 Lbs 5 1/4 Oz.

A few thoughts about fences…

The first thing most guys look at when they pick up a double barrel is the wood. Some guys will pay attention to the make and the engraving. The guys who collect will inspect the condition. Very few guys ever glance at the shotgun’s fences.

Like toplevers and triggers, a side-by-side’s fences are often overlooked. But when it comes to creating a double’s look and defining a maker’s style, the fences are a big deal.

First, a definition: The fences are the part of the action that meets the breech end of the bbls. When you close a shotgun, the barrels meet up against the fences. The term “fences” comes from the muzzloading era when makers added a curve of metal behind the percussion cap to create a “fence” to protect the shooter’s eye’s from sparks and debris. There are good pics of all this here.

Boss & Co., Holland & Holland, and J. Purdey & Sons all file up their fences in different ways. The differences are slight, but the way they alter the gun’s look is substantial. Check out the pics below to see what I mean. Of the three, I like the fences on a Boss the most. They’re bigger, more bulbous, and more substantial than the fences on most other sidelocks. BTW: these images are from Matched Pairs Limited. If you’re looking for a British double, they’re a good place to check out.

Small, round fences on a Purdey double barrel shotgun
Small, round fences on a Purdey double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big, bulbous fences on a Boss double barrel. Check out that engraving, too.
Big, bulbous fences on a Boss double barrel. Check out the engraving, too.
Flat, cigar-plug like fences on a Holland & Holland Royal double barrel
Flat, cigar-plug-like fences on a Holland & Holland Royal double barrel
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