J Graham & Co Ltd, 27 Union Street, Inverness
12 bore Box Lock Non-Ejector
no. 19331

Date of manufacture: 1932-3

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Heritage Guns Comment

This Scottish gun is a good example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become such a hugely successful design by the last decade of the 19th Century. The gun has been finished with light weight and practicality in mind, most likely intended for walked up grouse and snipe shooting in the Highlands and Islands.
This light weight and simplicity makes the gun particularly suitable for upland game shooting where considerable distances are contemplated rather than large numbers of shots and heavy loads.
The gun is outwardly unpretentious but internally is a tribute to the finishing skills of this Scottish gunmaker who was established since 1857. It also retains its original pins throughout which confirms that it has not been the victim of untrained hands during its 70+ years of use. A further point of interest is the conical shape of the breech fences, a rarely used method of removing unnecessary weight from the action.


The Action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,

Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Greener' lever.
Hackett's Snap-on forend fastener.
Gun Weight 6lb 2oz
Engraving Style Border & Scroll.
As is our custom, Trigger Pulls have been adjusted for 'feel' rather that to any particular pull weight but for the record they measure approximately: Front trigger 4lbs Rear trigger 4lbs

The original Steel Barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 1/2" (65mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type. The bores are clean and free of any pitting other than a small area of very faint surface marks in the right tube.
Original Birmingham proof for 2 1/2" nitro powder cartridges.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
12 (0.729")
0.024" Minimum
0.005" (Imp Cyl)
Left Barrel
12 (0.729")
0.026" Minimum
0.010" (1/4)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from figured walnut. The stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a shaped brown rubber recoil pad.

Well figured walnut stock & forend.

The 22 lines per inch chequering freshened to the normal boxlock design.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers.

Approximate stock measurements (including pad) at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 1/4"
14 1/2"
14 1/2"
14 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 7/16"
1 11/16"
2 1/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (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:
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Greener's patent no. 3090 of 1874,

Hackett's forend fastener patent no. 964 of 1878.