Measuring seven inches overall, with a two-inch smoothbore barrel, the frame is rounded, giving the piece a streamlined shape and eliminating some of the snag points inherent in a number of the slab-sided or sidelock
The modern in-line rifle allows the ignition source to be located at the rear of the powder charger, while the traditional sidelock
features an ignition source at the side of the powder charge.
But, for what it's worth, there's a schematic of a hammerless double (sidelock
) in Jack First's catalog, Volume II.
is engraved with oak leaves and English scroll.
Since I hadn't built a sidelock
before, the tool chest needed beefing up.
Quick to notice trends and set its own, Marlin has brought the old "Elsie" sidelock
back to the fold in these popular chamberings.
Actually, the Gamba line of scatterguns includes such over/unders as "The Best" model plus the "Grifone Super," "Europa 2000" and the "Victory" as well as such side-by-side doubles as the "Principessa," "Oxford 90," "London," "Ambassador Gold and Black," and the "Ambassador Executive." All the side-by-side models feature a three bite double Purdy locking system and locking bolts on lugs as well as an exciting sidelock
modification of the Holland system.
This one was also a beautiful sidelock
, fairly light for a .600 at about 13 pounds.
One of the most challenging aspects of building sidelock
guns is fitting the lock to both wood and metal for the forward portion must mate with the receiver while the rear is perfectly inletted into the stock.
I was personally very impressed by the Grulla sidelock
This particular shotgun, a Spanish sidelock
, had unknown chokes, but since the barrels were long they were probably tight.
Kimber's new seven-pin sidelock
O/U, the Marias, was gorgeous.