LINSLEY SIDE BY SIDE BOXLOCK NONE EJECTOR 12G SHOTGUN
A DELICIOUS little Linsley (from Harrogate) 12g Side by Side Box lock None Ejector Pigeon Gun. I actually have another Linsley myself, it was my first ever shotgun and is very unlikely to ever leave unless someone is prying my stiff cold fingers off it!
With 28 3/8th inch barrels these are certainly very unusual for length but they have been done to try and achieve the balance and ease of mount of the gun. Chambers are stamped at 2 ¾” (70mm) so longer than most from this period AND also detailed for up to 1 1/4oz (32grm) loads , hence the ‘Pigeon gun’ reference, and chokes show as lose ¼ and ¾. With Fine but Profuse and Detailed Hand Engraving to the action and metal work coupled with the clipped action face the quality of this gun starts to be appreciated. A 14” Prince of Wales grip, reasonably bonny Walnut stock has a rather nice fine ‘Tiger Stripe’ to the left hand side and quite a decent grain pattern to the right side too.
In reality it always amazes me why people do not appreciate the merits of a fine English Side by Side none ejector. Unless you are shooting a good few dates each season and on relatively big driven days for Partridge, Grouse or Pheasant etc. there is very little to warrant and certainly no need for an ejector. For those of you MAD on ejectors, just out of interest, think back to the last time you broke your gun and did not block any spent cartridges from flying back over for 10 to 15 feet and beyond. Take your eye of what is in front of you to watch where empty shells drop so they can be picked up and I will put money on that being the time something gets up to present a shot! Anyway, I could go on, but that is just how I see things. To each their own but, regardless of it all, this is a CRACKING little shotgun.