Edwinson C Green, High Street, Cheltenham
20 bore Bar Action Hammergun
no. 2136

Year of production: 1875-87

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is a fine example of the elegant, small bore, sporting hammerguns that were commonly purchased for young people or by ladies in the last quarter of the 19th Century.
These guns have often had a very hard life and it is rare that the original damascus barrels have survived over 120 years of use and abuse. The fact that these have done so and still retain their original nitro re-proof from the 1920's (albeit only just) and very acceptable minimum wall thicknesses is a miracle. Note: The barrels have recently been reproofed.

In the fairly recent past, the stock and forend wood has been replaced and this, coupled with the sensitive restoration, makes it a very pretty gun for either game or clays.



The action is of traditional design and features:
Double triggers;
Stanton patent rebounding, bar action locks;
High hammers; Sprung strikers; Percussion fences;
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of Mill's patent leverwork;
Long top strap;
Hacket style snap-on forend catch.
Engraving style Foliate Scroll
Gun weight 6lb 1oz
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2 lbs Rear trigger 4 lb
The bold damascus barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
A few vestigial marks remain in the barrels after lapping.
Top rib is of smooth, concave game type.
Birmingham reproof for 2 ¾" nitro powder cartridges in 2016.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
16.1mm (0.634")
0.022" Minimum
0.012" (Mod)
Left Barrel
16.1mm (0.634")
0.023" Minimum
0.020" (IM)

The replacement Straight-hand Grip Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut.
The forend
carries a horn tip and the one-piece stock is finished with a chequered butt end.
The stock has a neutral cast and is virtually straight.

Well figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been cut to an ornate points design.
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 3/4"
14 7/8"
14 7/8"
15 1/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
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:
Stanton's rebounding lock patent no. 367 of 1867;
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
Mills' leverwork patent no. 4980 of 1878.