4 gauges, 8gs, & more. See an insane collection of big bores……

R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK
R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK

If you’ve ever wanted to own a big-bore shotgun, this is your opportunity to get one.

Giles Marriott is a dealer in the UK who specializes in vintage side-by-sides, over-unders, and other fine guns. Right now he has this amazing group of big-bore shotguns on his site.

Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK
Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK

It includes everything from 4-bores like this vintage SxS Francotte hammergun and this 2-gun set of modern Watson sidelocks (these guns must have have cost $100,000+ each to make).

Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK
Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK

The collection also includes bunch of 8 gauges and some nice 10 gauges, including this incredible bar-in-wood Horsley.

Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

Eight-gauges and even four-gauges were common in the US around the Chesapeake Bay and other big waterfowling areas. Affluent shooters used them to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans.

Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK
Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK

While waterfowl hunting with shotguns larger than 10 gauges was outlawed in the US in the ’30s, it remained legal in the UK. Judging by fantastic condition of these guns, I doubt they’ve spent much time in the field.

W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

Rare double alert: a Thomas Horsley .450 bar-in-wood double rifle…

Thomas Horsley, Gunmaker, York, Trade Label
Thomas Horsley, Gunmaker, York, Trade Label

When you think of “British” doubles, London and Birmingham are the cities that usually come to mind. Many of the UK’s top gunmakers worked in and around those cities for over two-hundred years. But top gunmakers were also located in other parts of the country for almost as long.

John Dickson & Son built their famous Round Action shotguns way up in Edinburgh, Scotland, while W.R. Pape built his doubles across the border in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. South of Pape’s shop was another top British gunmaker — Thomas Horsley of York.

Thomas Horsley started his business around 1830 and his firm continued on until 1959. In 1862 & 1863, as breechloading guns were appearing on the the UK’s shooting scene, Horsley patented a unique pull-back, snap action. He also came up with a patent for retractable firing pins. The bar-in-wood double rifle you see here uses these patents.

Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle

Rifle generate far more pressure than shotguns, and this pressure stresses the gun’s action in extreme ways. This is why it’s unusual to see one built as a bar-in-wood. Compared to a standard bar-action shotgun, the actions on bar-in-woods are fairly slim. This means there’s less metal to take up the twisting and flexing that happens every time the gun is fired. Judging by the condition this one is in, I don’t think it was fired very much.

Thomas Horsley .450BPE Bar-in-Wood Hammer Double Rifle: Through innovation and superior craftsmanship, Thomas Horsley earned the name the “Purdey of York,” and this remarkable example demonstrates why. Incorporating his famous pull-back top lever locking system (patent 2410 of 1863) and distinctive retracting firing pins (patent 1138 of 1867). It is in all original exc-plus condition w/ bores As New. Difficult to come by from a most esteemed provincial maker. 27 3/4″ Bbls, 13 7/8″ London proof-marks. Including 20 rnds Bell brass. Price: $9,000

Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle
Thomas HorThomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double riflesley, Gunmaker, York, Trade Label
Thomas Horsley, York, .450BPE bar-in-wood double rifle

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