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*VERY FINE PAIR OF E. J. CHURCHILL PREMIER PINLESS SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER EASY OPENING GAME GUNS WITH CASE. SN 23695/ 23696. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. These fine guns are a true pair, with the numbers “1” and “2” gold inlaid on rear portions of ribs, top levers, and forend tips. 28″ Chopper lump bbls with raised, matted Churchill ribs, are engraved “Churchill (Gun Makers) Ltd” and “7, Bury Street. St. James’s, London. England.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with 1973 London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls are engraved with SNs. Case hardened, pinless sidelock, easy opening actions are stocked to the fences, and feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and Holland & Holland type single selective triggers. Actions and lockplates are engraved with near full coverage medium, shaded scroll. “Churchill” is in scroll terminated riband at the front of each lockplate, and the bottom of each action is engraved “Premier” “Finest Quality” and “Model”. Top levers and double beaded trigger guards are scroll engraved, and have SNs on short tangs. Well matched, lightly figured, European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 14-7/8″ over reddish brown leather covered pads, and feature drop points, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and gold inlet individual letters “V F T Jr” on toe lines. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.727. Bore restrictions: left -.013 (Lt. Mod), right -.004 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: left-.726, right -.727. Bore restrictions: left -.012 (Lt Mod), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.031, right -.029. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Makers two gun leather VC case with large stitched leather corners is lined in maroon cloth, with a divider between gun compartments, which has black leather gold embossed Churchill label. Case contains 2 pc beech and brass cleaning rod with brush and jag, unmarked square oil bottle, and two pairs of snap caps marked “C, A, G, & L”. PROVENANCE: H & H card referencing consignor of this gun, and indicating the guns are fitted with H & H single triggers, and that in 2009 the guns were stripped and cleaned, and also had leather pads fitted by Holland & Holland (New York). CONDITION: Excellent. Guns show very little use. Bbls retain nearly 98% orig blue, with only some light handling marks, mostly on gun no. “1”. Actions and lockplates retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color, with a hint of silvering on beads. Top levers and trigger guards have only slight silvering on sharp edges, with gun no. “2” showing a bit more wear. Stocks have only a few light handling marks in their orig rubbed oil finishes. Leather of pads is excellent. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Actions are tight. Triggers are excellent. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is very fine, with a number of light scuffs and marks. Handles are excellent. Stitching is a bit loose. Interior cloth is very fine, with some light compressions and soiling. Label is excellent. Accessories are excellent. 4-49233 MGM265 (25,000-35,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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