.410 English Side by Side Boxlock None Ejector Shotgun from Alfred Field & Co. London.
26 7/8” (682mm) fixed choke barrels at and restrictions. Sunken Concave sight rib with a single brass front bead. A FULL Length 14 ¼” (363mm) VERY WELL Figured Strong Straight Grained Right Handed Walnut Stock. Excellent Colour Contrast with lots of Dark Grain Stripes. Forend to match with inset Buffalo Horn tip. Chequering is still very clean and crisp.
A plain Bright Finished Action with absolute minimal engraving. Very much a case of less is more, especially on such a small framed gun. Zero sign of any colour at any time. However for some reason the underside of the Forend Iron is coloured and all but perfect still. 2 ½” (65mm) Nitro Proof Chambers.
Overall length is 42 7/8″ (1088mm) with a ‘staggering’ weight of 4 lbs 11 1/2 oz (2.142 Kg).
WHY do you realistically need them anyway? It just confuses me that people insist they think they do. OK, the following is not probably entirely relevant to a gun like this but the points are valid for any.
Sat in a hide? Generally you set it up with a good background of a nice thick Holly or Hawthorne bush. Have a ‘red letter’ day and go through several boxes of cartridges. Get your 100 plus birds. FANTASTIC! A GREAT DAY! WELL DONE YOU! Then spend the next two hours trying to pick your cartridge cases up that have been ejecting so beautifully. ….Straight into that thick SPIKEY bush that hid you so well. Go home looking like you went three 10 minute rounds with two wildcats. (4 or 2 legged variety) in a cloth sack.
A day on a driven shoot? Lucky enough to have that many birds coming over AND someone to gather up your mess after each drive? If so then an ejector MIGHT be justified. Even on walked up they are nothing more than a distraction!
Even shooting clays the vast majority of people call pull. They mount the gun. They take their shots. THEN they put their hand over the action as it breaks to stop the ejectors ejecting the spent cases! Pull the cases out and drop them into a bin or pocket.
An EXCEPTIONAL SMALL Bore London Gun. EXTREMELY RARE even in the days this was made. This will make a SUPERB addition to any collection. Alternatively a WONDERFUL present for a lady, youngster or anyone else who enjoys the challenge of shooting with minimal recoil.