Webley & Scott, Birmingham
12 bore Box Lock Ejector, 702 Model
no. 127179

Year of manufacture: 1956

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun, by the leading Birmingham gunmaker of its time, is a nicely finished example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become such a hugely successful design for the Birmingham trade in general and Webley & Scott in particular. The action is well covered with foliate scroll, setting it appart from the 700 series guns.

In contrast with many of its contemporaries, the greater weight, pistol grip, 2 3/4" chambers and 30" barrels of this particular gun marks it out as intended for wildfowling and this of course makes it equally suitable for either live pigeon, competitive clays or high pheasant.


The Action is of Anson & Deeley 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',
'Southgate' ejectors and
Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun Weight 7lb 1oz
Engraving Style Foliate scroll.
As is our custom, Trigger Pulls have been adjusted for 'feel' rather that to any particular pull weight but for the record they measure approximately: Front trigger 4 1/2lbs Rear trigger 4 1/2lbs

The Original Steel Barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
Orginal Birmingham proof for 2 3/4" nitro powder cartridges in 1956.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
0.029" Minimum
0.014" (3/8)
Left Barrel
0.029" Minimum
0.040" (Full)

Half Pistol Grip Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from figured walnut. The stock is very slightly cast off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a 3/4" ebonite butt plate.

Figured walnut stock.

The 20 lines per inch chequering freshened to the normal boxlock design with well defined drop points.
The stock is finished with a traditional, hand rubbed linseed oil preparation as used on best guns by many of the top English makers.

Approximate stock measurements (including pad) at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
15 1/4"
15 3/8"
15 1/4"
15 9/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 11/16"
2 5/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast 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:

Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Webley & Brain 'Screw-grip' top extension patent no. 3053 of 1882,

'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
'Southgate' ejectors patent no. 12314 of 1889,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872