William Powell & Son, 13 Carrs Lane, Birmingham
12 bore Bar-in-Wood Bar-action Hammergun no. 6175.
No.1 of a pair.        
Date of manufacture: 1876

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is in lovely, shootable condition and is a fine example of the bar-in-wood guns that William Powell were famous for. As is common with Powell’s of this period, the gun exhibits an almost complete set of Powell patents including toplever, inlaid strikers and striker extractor mechanism, just missing the forend catch. The all too common shrinkage cracks in the wood bar have been repaired and action bedded into the wood which will hopefully delay their reappearance. With its replacement steel barrels by the famous Pigeon Gun specialist Charles Boswell, this represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a fine hammergun from this innovative era.


 The action is of William Powell’s own design and features:
Bar in Wood;
Double triggers;
Fluted percussion fences;
Bar action, rebounding locks with low-level hammers;
Self-retracting, broad strikers with silver inlaid ‘LOADED’ indicators;
Lift-up top lever opening;
Deeley forend catch.

Replacement LH main spring and swivel.
Several small bleeds in upper and lower ribs.

Gun weight 7lb.
Engraving style
Best Foliate Scroll.
Silver inlayed ‘LOADED’ on strikers. Toplever engraved ‘POWELL’S PATENT’.
Striker retractor engraved ‘PATENT’. Toplever and Forend iron engraved ‘1’.
Forend iron stamped ‘STEEL’ and
Deeley & Edge forend catch stamped ‘PATENT’ and with D&E’s trade mark.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs

The replacement steel barrels are 29 7/8" in length, chambered for 2 ” (65mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
The bores are essentially clean but do show some marks.
Birmingham re-proof for 65mm nitro cartridges in 2017.

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")
0.035" (Full)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval and is fitted with a 5/8” ebonite butt plate secured with engraved screws.
The forend
is fitted with a horn tip.

Highly Figured Walnut

The 24 lines per inch chequering is refreshed to a traditional 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 3/16"
14 1/8"
14 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 3/16"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
3/16" (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:
Stanton's rebounding lock patent no. 367 of 1867,
Powell’s inlaid and extracting striker patent no. 1055 of 1869,
Powell’s top lever patent no.
1163 of 1864,
Deeley & Edge forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.