Army & Navy CSL, London
12 bore Back action, Sidelock Non Ejector
no. 68743
Approximate date of manufacture: 1925

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents an example in unusually fine condition of the hammerless sidelock guns that were the backbone of the English gun trade between the 1st and 2nd World Wars and a welcome opportunity to buy a gun retailed by this well known gunmaker. There is a little original colour hardening still visible on the locks and action and this coupled with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


The action is of Rogers design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Back action locks,
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt',
Three point bolting including Greener top extension,

Gun weight 6lb 12 1/2oz
Engraving style Fine scroll.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 6lbs Rear trigger 6lbs

The steel barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2002.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.028" Minimum
Left Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.025" Minimum

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from figured walnut. Whilst the forend is most likely original, the stock is a figured replacement. These is a slim 'fitting' repair to the top edge of the right lock plate. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot.

Figured walnut

The 18 lines per inch chequering has been recut to normal sidelock design . The stock butt in unfinished to await the purchasers choice of style.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 7/16"
14 7/16"
15 1/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 5/8"
2 3/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
1/4" (approximate)

For the purposes of these measurements, 'Drop at Face' is the 'drop' measurement taken on a line perpendicular to the
line joining the trigger and centre of the butt at approximately 8" from the trigger (front trigger on a double trigger gun).

Patents Exhibited include:
Rogers action patent no. 397 of 1881,
Greener's top extension cross bolt patent no. 3090 of 1874

'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872

and last but not least
Henry's snap cap patent no. 3257 of 1870.