On Consignment

James Lang & Co,
18 Brook Street, New Bond Street, London
12 bore Back Action, Sidelock Ejector
no. 10536

Date of manufacture: 1891

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Heritage Guns' Comment

James was the middle son of the famous Joseph Lang Snr and managed his father's gunmaking company until its sale in 1886. He then went on to run his own gunmaking concern, producing a relatively small number of beautifully finished guns of all types and specifications.
Built with back action, bar locks, this gun is a very fine example of his work and exhibits many features commonly found on full, bar action sidelocks from the most illustrious gunmakers.
The original damascus barrels have been re-proofed for 2 3/4" nitro cartridges and the original stock and forend are in fantastic condition for its age. The gun also retains considerable amounts of original colour on lock plates and action. This all adds up to a beautiful and strong gun that is a joy to shoot and with normal maintenance should give many years of service on game or clays.

This gun was restored in our workshops and sold in 2015. Since then it has seen very light useage, a small loss at the lock tail has been professionally repaired and the lock pin has been replaced after the thread failed. The owner wished to trade up to a more expensive gun so the gun was taken in on consignment.



The action is of traditional back action sidelock design and features:
Top lever opening,
Scott's 3rd bite engaging a top rib extension and a Purdey Bolt operated by a Scott Spindle,
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Dip-edge Back action bar locks,
Roger's cocking levers, Anti-friction rollers on main springs,
Deeley's ejector box
and Deeley & Edge forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 14oz
Engraving style Best Foliate Scroll & Bouquet. Gold inlaid SAFE.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 4 lbs Rear trigger 4 1/2 lbs
The original damascus 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.
The chokes are of 'recessed' type and are expected to give an effective choke of about 0.010" with most cartridges.
London 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
18.4mm (0.724")
0.024" Minimum
0.012" (Recessed IC)
Left Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.021"+ Minimum
0.014" (Recessed Mod)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval, well defined drop points and ½" Ebonite butt plate secured with engraved screws. There are light handling marks on the body of the stock and a small wooden inlet to one locktail. The forend features a finely engraved forend tip.

Highly figured walnut

The 24 lines per inch chequering has been freshened in a 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 3/4"
15 1/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 9/16"
1 11/16"
2 1/4"
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:
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;
Deeley's ejector patent no. 4289 of 1886;
Deeley & Edge forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.