J McCririck & Sons, Ayr, Scotland
12 bore Back Action, Sidelock Ejector
no. 2131

Date of manufacture: pre-1896

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This is a superb example of a Best Scottish sidelock ejector from this highly respected gunmaker, made in the heyday of the British gun trade. Built with back action, bar locks, it exhibits many features commonly found on full, bar action sidelocks from the most illustrious gunmakers.
The original 30" steel barrels have been re-proofed for 2 3/4" nitro cartridges and the original stock and forend are in fantastic condition for its age. 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, Purdey Concealed 3rd Bite and Purdey Bolt operated by a Scott Spindle, Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide, Back action bar locks, Roger's cocking levers, H&H style interceptor sears, Anti-friction rollers on main springs, Disk set strikers, Deeley ejector box tripped by slides in the bar of action and Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 13oz
Engraving style
Very Best Bouquet and Scroll. Breech ends with elegant feather motif
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The original steel 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.
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
18.6mm (0.732")
0.025" Minimum
0.011" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.022" Minimum
0.021" (Mod)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. There are 2 small inlet repairs to the forend wood at the knuckle and 2 repaired settling cracks behind the lock plates. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a white metal oval engraved 'WHSA' in script, well defined drop points and a 7/8" leather covered Silvers recoil pad. The bolstered forend features a finely engraved steel diamond and forend tip.

Well figured walnut

The 20 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 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 3/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/16" (approximate)
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;
'Purdey Concealed 3rd Bite' patent no 397 of 1878;
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865;
Deeley's ejector patent no. 4289 of 1886;
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.