James Lang, 18 Brook Street, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
No Visible Number

Approximate date of manufacture: 1888-1890

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents a extremely rare chance to buy a gun signed by this little known son of the famous Joseph Lang. Very fine bouquet and scroll engraving combined with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.

This gun comes complete with a brass cornered leather case in very good external condition and new handle and straps. Internally, the case has been relined with new 'Burgundy' all wool baize, carries a Heritage Guns' trade label and is fitted out with ebony and brass tools including 3 turnscrews mounted in a hand made oak block and a two part cleaning rod. The case is further equipped with an oil bottle and set of cleaning tools in a leather wallet.

The Heritage Guns' package would not be complete without its unique leather bound Companion and a hand crafted pair of personalised Heritage Guns Damascus snapcaps.


The action is of Anson & Deeley boxlock design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle',
Three point bolting including Greener's top extension,
A rare Dallaway & Cox sear and tumbler ejector tripped by integral extensions to the mainsprings
Gun weight 6lb 7oz
Engraving style Best fine bouquet & scroll with signed action.
Trigger pulls measure approximately:

Front trigger 4 1/2lb Rear trigger 5lb

The sleeved steel barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges with long forcing cones and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. The sleeving if by TIG welding, so called 'Invisible Sleeving'. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2004.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.4 mm (0.724")
0.028" Minimum
0.008" (1/4)
Left Barrel
18.4 mm (0.724")
0.031" Minimum
0.014" (3/8)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut with a walnut extension, well defined drop points and a blank oval. The stock is slightly cast on for a left-handed shot.

Well figured walnut.

The 20 lines per inch chequering is to 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. 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
15 1/4"
15 5/16"
15 1/4"
15 7/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 9/16"
1 3/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
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:
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
Dallaway & Cox's ejector patent no. 13857 of 1888,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Greener's cross bolt top extension patent no.
3090 of 1874,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,

Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872,

and last but not least
Henry's snap cap patent no. 3257 of 1870.