Stephen Grant, 67a St James's Street, London
12 bore Bar Action, Sidelock Ejector
No. 5913, No 2 of pair

Date of manufacture: 1888

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This is a superb example of a Best London sidelock ejector from this highly respected gunmaker, made in the heyday of the British gun trade. This gun may have been made originally as a non-ejector, converted in the 1890's, very probably in Grant's own workshops. Some Grant SLE's made up to 1900 have a very delicate ejector trip mechanism: fortunately this is not one. In this gun the ejector timing is derived from the position of the lock tumbler in conjunction with the 'Purdey Bolt' and is much more substantial in design than the alternative.
A skilled stocker has professionally replaced the stock at some time and although not exotic in its figure, it has excellent dimensions. The 28" TIG sleeved barrels have been proofed for 2 3/4" nitro cartridges and this all adds up to a strong gun that is a joy to shoot and should give many years of service on game or clays with normal maintenance.



The Action is of traditional bar action sidelock design and features:
Side lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt', Substantial passive top rib extension,
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Bar action locks, Roger's cocking levers, Disk set strikers,
Coil spring ejectors tripped by slides in the bar of action
and Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 11oz
Engraving style Best fine foliate scroll. Finely carved action bar and 'fluted' fences. Top rib extension engraved 'PATENT EJECTOR'.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/4lbs Rear trigger 4lbs
The TIG sleeved steel to damascus barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'through' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is of the smooth, concave game type.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2013.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
0.025" Minimum
(@7" from muzzle)
0.010" (IC)
Left Barrel
0.025" Minimum
(@7" from muzzle)
0.020" (Mod)

The replacement Straight Hand Stock and original Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast off for a right-handed shot; features well defined drop points, a white metal oval (engraved with unidentified coat of arms) and a crosscut butt. The forend has one repair to its edge, a small inlet within the chequering and an engraved steel tip.

Well Figured walnut

The 20 lines per inch chequering is to the normal sidelock pattern
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 5/16"
14 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 3/4"
2 3/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel

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:
Roger's cocking levers patent no 397 of 1882,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Grant's ejector patent no. 4360 of 1888,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.