Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London
16 bore 'No. 2' Back Action, Sidelock
No. 8787

Date of manufacture: 1883
Fifth gun in our 'Accipiter series'

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This is fine example of the well-known and loved 'No. 2' sidelock manufactured in various guises by this pre-eminent 'Maker from the early 1880 right through to the new century and beyond. When it came to us it was a 12b, converted to ejector on the Baker patent around 1900, with sadly thin and pitted barrels and with its slim elegant action it cried out for TIG sleeving to 16b. Having completed the sleeving is became clear that the ejector conversion, which no doubt had worked well when new, required considerable work to make it truly reliable so it was removed. The parts are available to the purchaser and we have no doubt that given time and patience, it could be made serviceable again.
The gun features its original walnut stock and forend and although the stock has been shortened since new, it is in fantastic condition for its age: a lovely piece of French walnut and the dimensions are generous.
With its interceptor sears and excellent dimensions, this gun would make a classy target or game gun for the discerning shooter.
Presented in its relined Leather and Brass case with some accessories.

Great value at only $6495

On Consignment in USA with MacNab Fine Firearms


The action is principally of Thomas Perkes design and features:
'Dip Edge' lockplates;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
'Patent Block Safety' interceptor sears; Gold washed tumblers;
Back action locks; Perkes' cocking rods;
Breech face 'Patent Gas Check';
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle'
and Anson forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 13oz
Engraving style
Very Fine Border.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 3 ½ lbs.
The TIG sleeved steel to damascus barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of the smooth, concave game type.
London proof 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
16.9mm (0.665")
0.008" (IC)
Left Barrel
16.9mm (0.665")
0.020" (Mod)

The original Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend
are both crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock features a vacant white metal oval and is finished with a ¾" leather covered recoil pad. The forend wood carries a neat, engraved steel forend tip and diamond and has one small inlet repair to its edge.

Highly Figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been cut to normal backaction sidelock pattern. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot.
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 5/8"
14 3/4"
14 5/8"
14 7/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 13/16"
2 3/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/4 (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:
Scott's gas check patent no. 617 of 1882,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Perkes' cocking rod patent no. 1968 of 1878,
Needham & Hinton interceptor sears patent no. 706 of 1879,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.