Looking at gunlocks…from the good to the best…

12g Best-Quality Stephen Grant, 1879
12g Best-Quality Stephen Grant, 1879

The locks on a double barrel shotgun easy to overlook. Because most of their workings are out of view, it’s hard to know what’s really going on with them unless you take a gun apart. Until you do, you’ll never see just how graceful and elegant some locks can be.

These locks are from a variety of hammerguns – from a Best-quality William Powell & Son made in 1869 to a medium-grade W. & C. Scott from the mid 1880s. If you would like to learn more about gunlocks, check outthis page: The Wolverhampton Gunlock Makers.

12g W. & C. Scott, Medium Grade
12g W. & C. Scott, Medium Grade
12g W. & C. Scott Premier, circa 1885. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates
12g W. & C. Scott Premier, circa 1885. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates
12g Best-Quality Stephen Grant, 1879
12g Best-Quality Stephen Grant, 1879
Locks off a William Powell & Son "Best" quality hammergun from 1869
Locks off a William Powell & Son “Best” quality hammergun from 1869
Locks off a William Powell & Son "Best" quality hammergun from 1869
Locks off a William Powell & Son “Best” quality hammergun from 1869
Locks off a William Powell & Son "Best" quality hammergun from 1869
Locks off a William Powell & Son “Best” quality hammergun from 1869

Get into the guts of a sidelock shotgun…

A Holland & Holland Royal sidelock side-by-side shotgun
A Holland & Holland Royal sidelock side-by-side shotgun

Locks make a shotgun go bang. When you pull the trigger, the locks drop the hammer, hit the firing pin, and set off the shell.

This quick video gives you a good look at some Holland & Holland pattern sidelocks– the kind of locks used on some of the finest side-by-side shotguns in the world. It also compares a 5-pin lock to a 7-pin, and talks a little about the benefits of one over the other. Interesting stuff.

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