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Serial Number 19568
Westley Richards & Co. 20g Best Quality Sidelock Ejector ca. 1979. Built on a bar action Holland type sidelock with gold lined cocking indicators, two triggers and an auto safety. The action has beaded fences and a nicely shaped square bar with a brushed finish. The bright finish highlights the full coverage Deluxe Bold Scroll engraved (and signed) by the venerable Keith Thomas. The Maker’s name on the lock plates and “SAFE” are inlaid in gold and the Maker’s name is nicely engraved in a shield on the bottom of the action.
The well laid out walnut stock has traditional drop points and a “Woodward” style pistol grip. The rolled trigger bow’s tang extends to a carved horn, single screw grip cap. The splinter forend is fitted with Southgate type ejectors and an Anson push rod and both it and the stock are finished in a classic, and very well executed, flat top checkering with Mullered borders. The LOP is 14 7/8” over a point pattern checkered butt and the stock oval remains blank.
This 6 lbs. 5 oz. gun swings fast but is not flighty. The Chopper lump, 26” barrels have original 1979 Birmingham proofs for 2 ¾" chambers. The barrels are choked ¼ and 3/8 (or Imp. Cyl and Light Mod.) and fitted with a “Churchill” style rib.
The gun is furnished in a very high-quality O&L case by American case maker, Huey of Kansas City, MO. The case has a red baize interior and a correctly addressed Maker’s trade label and accouterments.
This gun was wonderfully made and finished and remains in excellent original condition and is a far nicer gun than the period of gunmaking would suggest.
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