Joseph Lang & Son, 102, New Bond St, London. W
12 bore Back action, Sidelock Ejector no. 8418.
 Approximate date of manufacture: 1896-7

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Heritage Guns' Comment

The Joseph Lang who was responsible for this gun was the 1st son of the original Joseph who started the business in 1821. The son was apprenticed to James Purdey in 1845 and the very beautiful guns that bear his name reflect this illustrious training. Perhaps most conspicuous is the truly breathtaking engraving that covers every external surface of action and forend; this style will also be found on guns by Makers such as William Evans. The reason for this similarity may be that many Makers bought in guns from P Webley & Son, a manufacturer of very fine guns for the trade based in Weaman St, Birmingham. The gun has been rebarrelled and restocked in the relatively recent past and together with its fabulous engraving and great dimensions, this gun is a ‘shooter’ in the best possible way and should give many years of sterling service with normal maintenance.
Cased with some accessories.



 The action is of P Webley design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Back action, 9 pin sidelocks fitted with interceptor sears;
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a Webley ‘Screw Grip’;
Top rib extension with 3rd bite;
‘Southgate’ style ejectors tripped by cocking rods running from
the action knuckle to the breasts of the tumblers;
Anson pushrod forend catch.
Note: Replacement LH Mainspring.
Gun weight 6lb 10oz
Engraving style
‘Ribboned’ fences. Best bouquet and scroll. Toplever and forend tip engraved ‘1’. Toplever engraved ‘PATENT’. Gold inlaid SAFE.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The replacement steel barrels are 28" 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 2019.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9"
from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction

Right Barrel

18.5mm (0.728")
0.005" (Skeet)

Left Barrel

18.5mm (0.728")
0.020" (M)

The replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock features a vacant gold oval, well defined drop points, is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a chequered butt. The forend features a finely engraved steel tip.

Well Figured Walnut

The 24 lines per inch chequering is refreshed to the normal sidelock 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 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 9/16"
1 3/4"
2 3/8"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off 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:
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,

Webley & Brain’s ‘Screw Grip’ action patent no 3053 of 1882,
 'Southgate' ejector and lockwork patent no. 12314 of 1889, 

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