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For those who are interested in quality hammer guns check the below listed guns:

We do not offer any handy-man specials, every hammer gun listed is in British Proof and safe to shoot with the proper loads  unless otherwise stated.

 

Never forget:   Poor quality remains long after the price is forgotten

 

While used guns are sold with "no warranty expressed or implied", Guns not meeting English Proof Rules are not sold here and you should buy with confidence.

10-Bore

We are out of 10-Bore guns at the moment

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12-Bore

121201   Chas. HELLIS   Of London Nitro Proof Damascus Hammer gun, 29-½ inch barrels, chambers of 2 ¾ inches, chokes of skeet and ¼ the right barrel measures .722 with .001 choke and the left measures .715 with .018 choke. The right wall measures .039 and the left wall is .032. The bores are both bright and lean with no marks, pitting or dents.  The back action sidelock is fitted with rebounding locks, best browning to barrels, the action and hardware with scrollwork and retaining traces of original colour hardening. The stock is well figured with a pull of 14 3/4 inches with a new best English leather covered recoil pad. The drop @ comb is 1 1/2 inches and 2 1/4 inches @ the heel. The weight is 6 pounds 11 ounces. This is a clean solid hammer gun suitable for any Vintage shoot...   $4,995.00 

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Birmingham & London Proof House   NOTES ON THE PROOF OF SHOTGUNS English and Continental proof marks, explains the proofing in detail. A must for the serious gunner...  $20.00

 

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121357jd   Thos. WILD   Birmingham nitro steel barrel hammer gun, barrels of 30 inches, chambers are 2 1/2 inches. Rebounding serpentine hammers, border engraved coin finished rounded back action sidelock. The barrel walls are .032 right and .033 left. The bores measure .725 right and .725 left.  The chokes are cylinder right and .032 left. The figured stock has a pull of 14 5/8 inches with a drop @ heel of 2 1/4 inches and a drop of 1 1/2 inches @ the comb and 1/8 inch cast off. This gun is clean crisp and solid throughout. It would make a great gun for any Vintage shoot. Weight of 6 pounds 13 ounces... $2,475.00

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121397hs   Thos. BLAND   London hammer gun with rebounding hammers and best 28 inch sleeved barrels, chambers of 2 1/2 inches. Plain frame action with full colour hardening. The gun also retains near 100% best blacking. The bores measure .728 right and .727 left. The walls both measure .030. The chokes are .010 right and .028 left. The well figured stock has a pull of 15 inches with a 1 inch leather covered recoil pad. The drop at the heel is 2 3/8 inches and the drop at the comb is 1 1/2 inches. The weight is 6 pounds 10 ounces...  $4,000.00 

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121443   Thos. BLAND   " The Keepers Gun " Nitro proofed Damascus hammer gun with rebounding hammers and rotary under-lever. Barrels are 30 inches with walls measuring .034 in both, bores measure .731 right and .728 left, the chokes are .006 right and .009 left. Both barrels are clean and free of pitting with no ding or bulges. The action is plain framed retaining much patina. The barrels retain 100% new browning. The figured stock has a pull of 15 5/8 inches including a 2 inch matching wood extension. The drop @ heel is 1 7/8 and 1 3/8 at the comb. There is no cast and the weight is 7 pounds... $2,995.00

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121647dd    Thos. BLAND      Of London, back action top leaver opening sidelock hammer gun with rebounding hammers, 30 inch best nitro proofed Damascus barrels with 2 1/2 inch chambers. The barrels retain near 100% browning the game scene engraved action retains much patina. The barrels are bright and clean with walls of .035 right and .031 left. The bores measure .724 right and .737 left. The chokes are .002 right and .029 left. The very well figured stock measures 15 1/8 with clean wood and crisp chequering. There is a 1 inch older leather covered recoil pad which is ok, the pad is great but the leather is not in the greatest shape as the gun had been stored for many years without proper maintenance of the leather. The drop @ heel is 2 1/8 inches, the drop @ the comb is 1 1/2 and the cast is neutral, with the stock being perfectly sound it may be moved either for cast on or off.  The gun itself is tight and clean with great balance. Weight is 7 pounds 1 ounce... $3,385.00

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121640    FAMARS      Virtually new and unfired mint condition Famars nitro proofed 2 3/4 inch recent manufacture quality rebounding hammers sidelock. Best quality finish overall, the barrels are 28 inches with walls of .032 right and .031 left. the bores measure .727 in both. The chokes are .025 right and .027 left. The weight is a well balanced 7 pounds and 7 ounces. The length of pull to a chequered heel on a well figured stock with fine chequering to both stock and matching forend is 14 3/4 inches with a drop of 2 1/8 at the heel and 1 1/2 at the comb. The cast is 1/8 off. The chokes and cast are easily adjusted if desired. This gun is nearly new and will stand out as a best quality gun in any crowd plus take lots of use...  $10,800.00

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121796dg  HENRY EGG    Of London, an extremely rare sideleaver hammer gun completely restored to PRISTINE CONDITION in London and 2 1/2 inch London Nitro Proof. The barrels are of 30 inches as stated the chambers are 2 1/2 inches NP London.  The barrels are best Damascus and best browned, clean and bright inside. The walls measure .031 right and .030 left. The action is coin finished with sharp and crisp close best scroll engraving the type you never see today unless you pay a fortune. The bores measure .727 right and .728 left. The chokes are cylinder and cylinder. The extremely well figured stock and forend is 100% with a length of pull of 14 3/4 inches including a best quality 1 inch English leather covered pad. The drop at heel is 2 inches with a drop of 1 9/16 at the comb. the Cast is off 1/4 inch. A silver escution is fitted to the stock. The weight is a perfectly balanced 7 pounds 1 ounce. The gun comes fitted in it's best quality leather case with Makers Trade Label with canvas outer cover. It also includes gold plated accessories. This is a gun which is as rare as rocking horse droppings. I is for one who wants rare and the best... $9,500.00

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121748    MIDLAND ARMS    Birmingham 28 inch steel barrels 2 3/4 inch nitro proof back action sidelock round bodied hammer gun with rebounding serpentine hammers, cross bolt and a snap action forend release. The coin finished action  and locks are scroll engraved as are the hammers. The barrel walls measure .032 right and .038 left. The bores measure .731 in both right and left. The chokes are .010 right and .040 left. The very well figured stock with round knob pistol grip has a pull of 14 inches with a drop at heel of 2 1/2 inches and a drop of 1 5/8 at the comb. The cast is off 1/4 inch. The weight is 6 pounds 5 ounces... $2,750.00

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121881cg    Chas. LANCASTER    Best quality Sideleaver Hammer gun with rebounding hammers. This gun is in fantastic original condition including original Makers leather case with COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION back to the original owner and his significant place in English History. The barrels are 30 inches with 2 1/2 inch chambers. The only alteration to this gun is the gun has be nitro proofed to 2 1/2 inches. The barrel walls measure .024 right and .023 left. The bores measure .729 right and .734 left. The chokes measure .005 right and .014 left making this a great game gun. Both barrels are bright and clean with no marks or pitting.  The barrels retain much original browning. The back action sidelock and related hardware is 100% fine scroll engraving and is crisp and clean. All the pins are in perfect condition. The 14 1/2 inch very well figured stock and forend retain original chequering and finish with a 1/8 inch horn heel plate. The chequering and finish is fine but if it were my gun I would re-finish the stock and re-cut the chequering which is a very minor thing for such a fantastic gun. The stock fitted with a silver escution. Weigh is a very well balanced 6 pounds 6 ounces... $10,500.00

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121882cg     WOODWARD     London best back action sidelock Hammer gun with a Jones Under-leaver opening system and rebounding hammers.  The gun is fitted with 29 inch barrels, and 2 1/2 inch chambers which have been nitro proofed. The barrels have slight marks in the right barrel which may be cleaned out if desired as there is ample wall thickness. The barrel walls measure .028 right and .025 left. The bores both measure .032 and the chokes are both cylinder. The back action sidelock and related hardware is fully engraved. This is one of the most attractive hammer guns we have ever seen. The stock is very well figured with a pull of 14 3/4 inches. The finish and chequering on the stock and forend has been renewed and is perfect. The barrels are best browned. The gun is contained in a brass cornered near pristine oak and leather case which has the signature of Lord Ripon in faint India ink. The gun may be sold seperately without the case or the case with a Purdey label may be purchased seperately.  The gun weighs 6 pounds 13 ounces. The price of the gun and case is $12,500.00 if one is interested in separately purchasing the case or gun contact us for the prices seperately. 

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121822     Thos. BLAND     Back action rebounding serpentine hammer gun with barrels of 30 inches (nitro steel barrels), chambers of 2 1/2 inches. The barrels are best blacked. there is some light marks and pitting in the barrels as found on many guns which were not cleaned properly before the total end of black powder. The gun is completely safe to shoot with barrel walls of .028 in both barrels. The bores measure .727 in both and has chokes of cylinder in the right and .028 in the left. The well figured stock had a 14 1/4 inch pull to a chequered heel. The stock and chequering are both clean and chuequering is crisp. The stock is fitted with a silver escution. The gun is tight and extremely clean. The drop at the heel is 2 1/2 inches with 1 5/8 inch drop at the comb. The gun is cast off 1/4 inch. The weight is a very well balanced 6 pounds 7 ounces.... $2,180.00

 

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Save your Strikers

SNAP CAPS  Nickle plated, brass snap caps, an item that not only makes an attractive addition to any gun cabinet or case, but may save very costly repair bills. Fitted with spring-loaded caps to save your strikers, supplied in pairs. Available in 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410...   $48.00  pair

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16-Bore

 

 

161620    J. P. SAUER    Back action Hammer gun with rebounding hammers, in superb condition, original nitro steel barrels. Both barrels are bright and clean, free of any pitting or marks. Barrels of 29 1/2 inches, chambers of 2 3/4 inches, barrel walls measure .034 right and .032 left, chokes measure .005 right and .014 left. The splinter forend is fitted with a leaver release, The well figured splinter stock has a very gentle round knob grip. All the chequering is sharp and crisp. The length of pull is 14 1/4 inches with a drop at the comb of 1 1/2 and 2 1/4 at the heel. The cast is neutral and may be bent either left or right. The gun is fitted with it's original horn 1/8 inch heel plate. The weight is a very well balanced 6 pounds 7 ounces... $2,450.00   

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161585jc   PERRINS & SON     Of Wooster a best quality side-lever ( left side )  back action ( rebounding hammers )sidelock non-ejector gun with best quality 28 inch best Damascus barrels ( Nitro Proofed ) and 2 1/2 inch chambers. The bores measure .668 in both barrels, the chokes are cylinder right and .010 left and the walls are .035 right and .028 left. Both are clean and bright. The action and hardware are best scroll engraved. The extremely well figured stock has a 1 inch best English leather covered recoil pad and a pull of 13 1/4 inches making this a perfect gun for a lady or a man who requires a short pull. The drop@ heel is 2 1/8 inches, the drop @ the comb is 1 9/16 inches with no cast. The weight is 5 pounds 13 ounces...  $5,400.00 Now reduced to $4,400.00

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121691wm   JOHN RIGBY    London back action sidelock side-leaver hammer gun with sleeved 30 inch barrels, chambers of 2 3/4 inches. The walls measure .035 in both. The bores measure .731 in both barrels. The chokes measure .004 right and .012 left. The action and related hardware are fully engraved. The 14 1/8 inch stock has a drop @ the heel of 2 1/8 inches and 1 5/16 inches at the comb.  This is a lovely hammer gun of a great maker... $6,350.00

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121695wh   EDWARD MIDDLETON      Birmingham THIS GUN IS SOLD AS A WALL HANGER  Laminated Steel, Non Rebounding Hammer gun with 27 inch barrels. It is an attractive period wall hanger. Ideal for your den, gunroom, office or business... $375.00

 

161750   John WILKES    Of St Ieeds, a Single barrel hammer gun with a 31 inch barrel. This is  a very early Wilkes gun with a serial number of 590.  This gun has been nitro proofed for 2 3/4 inch cartridges and is in excellent condition. The action is fine scroll engraved. The bore measures .654 and has wall thickness of .062. The choke is .002. The Damascus barrel is best browned. The very well figured French walnut stock has  a pull of 14 1/4 inches to a steel butt plate. The weight is 5 pounds 2 ounces. A traditional early game gun which would be a great early season grouse and woodcock gun... $1,850,00

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20-Bore

 

     

201422    HOLLIS BENTLEY & PLAYFAIR    Of London and Birmingham  back action sidelock hammergun with rebounding serpentine hammers. The barrels are nitro steel  of 28 inches and 2 3/4 inch chambers (nitro proofed). The bores measure .624 in both right and left. The walls are .025 right and .024 left.  The chokes are .006 right and .033 left.  The action retains 90% original colour hardening. The barrels are the same. The well figured stock is 14 5/8 inches with a 3/4 inch best English leather covered recoil pad a drop @ the heel of 2 3/16 inches and 1 1/2 inches @ the comb. The cast is off 5/16 inches... $4,500.00

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28-Bore

 

Sorry we are out of 28-Bore Hammer Guns at the moment

 

 

.410 Gauge

 

 

   Sorry, we are out of .410 hammer guns.  

 

 

 

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As with anything in life: you pay for what you get. There are no free lunches out there.

  If you want a cheap and cheerful gun that may require thousands of dollars in restoration work and may take years to complete.      Look elsewhere!!

 

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available for any item listed in our web-site or catalog.

All guns are listed by gauge and are double triggers, straight stock and splinter forend unless otherwise stated.

There are a few fishing items at the bottom of this page.

 

Leather Trade Labels  Full cowhide leather 7 3/4 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high with 18kt gold lettering...  $45.00     

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Cartridge and Charge Card   All the premier English Gunmaker at one time included these quality cards mounted on the case lids with the Makers Trade Label. These are made of high quality parchment paper.  Click on the thumbnail to view 5 x 5 3/4 inches... $15.00

 

 

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ENGLISH SHOTGUNS BETWEEN THE WARS

A BUYERS AND SELLERS GUIDE

  The most comprehensive publication available, listing over 1,500 English gun makers in alphabetical order. This publication has taken Mr. John B. Friedman over 20 years to compile and has been published by Woodcock Hill Inc. Press. It allows you to know with some degree of certainty that the gun you may be examining is indeed of English manufacture. If you are seriously interested in English Sporting Guns this is one of those must have publications. 72pp wraps...   $31.00   

Limited Edition Hard Backed numbered copies are available at... $105.00

 

LEATHER COVERED RECOIL PADS

Woodcock Hill Inc. & Thomas Bland & Sons Gun makers Ltd. now have the staff  who are specially trained to make and fit the Best London Style pigskin leather covered recoil pads that are the standard of the world.                       

LEATHER COVERED RECOIL PADS   Best pigskin (use only English pigskin for the best leather covered recoil pads) leather covered  recoil pads. They are made to order here in the United States to your specifications. Our staff has been trained in England by the firm which makes the Leather Pads for the top English Gun Making Firms. We use only the best English pigskin and materials. We offer a quick turn around time.  $355.00  Call for details on trade prices.

                

 

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