Charles Ingram, 18B Reinfeld Street, Glasgow, Scotland
12 bore Bar Action, Sidelock Ejector
no. A5079

Date of manufacture: pre-1896

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Charles Ingram was a small Scottish provincial gunmaker, based in Glasgow and generally known for low to middle quality guns. However, this gun exudes quality and finish and must have been completed as a special order for some wealthy, local customer. Built with bar locks, it exhibits many features commonly found on guns from more illustrious gunmakers, later Holland style interceptor sears not least among them
The original 30" damascus barrels have been re-proofed for 2 3/4" nitro cartridges and together with replacement stock and forend make this a fine gun for game or targets. This all adds up to a beautiful and 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 SLE design and features:
Top lever opening, Scot style top extension, Purdey Bolt operated by a Scott Spindle,
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Nine pin bar action locks, Gold lined cocking indicators,
Roger's cocking levers, H&H style interceptor sears,
Baker ejectors tripped by slides in the bar of action
and Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun weight 7lb
Engraving style Best Scroll. Stylised 'Pin Fire' fences. Action bar signed with CHARLES INGRAM' in a scrolling banner. Gold 'SAFE'
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/4 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The original damascus barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed dovetail lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of the smooth, concave game type.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2012

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
Mainly 0.022" plus.
Patch @ 0.019" 10" from muzzle
0.007" (IC)
Left Barrel
Mainly 0.022" plus.
Patch @ 0.019" 9" from muzzle near top rib
0.016" (Mod)

The replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from figured walnut. The stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant yellow metal oval, well defined drop points and a 1" leather covered recoil pad. The bolstered forend features a finely engraved steel forend tip.

Figured walnut

The 22 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 5/8"
14 3/4"
14 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 11/16"
1 7/8"
2 5/8"
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:
Roger's cocking levers patent no 397 of 1882;
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
Scott's top extension patent no. 1902 of 1875;
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865;
Baker's ejector patent no. 17292 of 1890;
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.