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A. H. Fox C. S. M. C. Model 21 A. Galazan Over & Under RBL - 28
High Grade Shotgun
Dates of Manufacture

Frederick Beesley Boss & Company Churchill Ltd.
John Dickson A. H. Fox Stephen Grant
W. W. Greener Holland & Holland Ithaca Gun Company
Charles Lancaster Joseph Lang Lefever Arms Co.
Parker Piotti James Purdey
Westley Richards John Rigby Rizzini
W. & C. Scott & Son L. C. Smith James Woodward

FREDERICK BEESLEY

YEAR

GUN #

1891

1100

1895

1300

1900

1650

1929

2733

BOSS & COMPANY

YEAR

GUN #

1830

680

1850

1400

1857

1600

1900

4700

1920

6618

1930

7730

1945

8711

1951

8912

1953

8920

1963

9219

1970

9559

CHURCHILL LTD

YEAR

GUN #

1891

156

1892

339

1893

384

1894

480

1895

569

1896

655

1897

761

1898

923

1899

1047

1900

1156

1924

2834

1957

6901

JOHN DICKSON

YEAR

GUN #

1812 - 1854

1 - 1500

1860

2000

1864

2500

1870

3000

1878

3500

1885

3933

1886

4000

1889

4889

1892

4500

1898

5000

1903

5500

A.H. FOX

12 Gauge Grade A-F

YEAR

GUN #

1907

7500

1908

7600

1909

9900

1910

15000

1911

18700

1912

20000

1913

20700

1914

21500

1915

22000

1916

23200

1917

24300

1918

24700

1919

25000

1920

25900

1921

27000

1922

27900

1923

29000

1924

30000

1925

30900

1926

31600

1927

32000

1928

32900

1929

33850

1930

33900

1931

33999

1932

34100

1933

34200

1934

34300

1935

34400

1936

34500

1937

34750

1938

34900

1939

35150

1940

35280

16 Gauge Grade A-F

YEAR

GUN #

1912

300075

1913

300200

1914

300400

1915

300600

1916

300700

1917

300750

1918

300800

1919

300900

1920

301100

1921

301300

1922

301500

1923

301800

1924

302000

1925

302300

1926

302500

1927

302650

1928

302800

1929

303000

1930

303050

1931

303100

1932

303200

1933

303300

1934

303350

1935

303400

1936

303500

1937

303650

1938

303800

1939

303850

1940

303870

Last Gun Made

303875

20 Gauge Grade A-F

YEAR

GUN #

1912

200100

1913

200250

1914

200500

1915

200700

1916

200800

1917

200900

1918

201000

1919

201300

1920

201500

1921

201600

1922

201800

1923

202000

1924

202200

1925

202400

1926

202500

1927

202800

1928

202950

1929

203100

1930

203150

1931

203200

1932

203300

1933

203350

1934

203500

1935

203700

1936

203750

1937

203800

1938

203830

1939

203900

1940

203970

Last number in series

203974

12 Gauge Sterlingworth

YEAR

GUN #

1910

53800

1911

59000

1912

63500

1913

66500

1914

74200

1915

75600

1916

77500

1917

79000

1918

82000

1919

84500

1920

89500

1921

92300

1922

94500

1923

97500

1924

99000

1925

100600

1926

105500

1927

113500

1928

119000

1929

122600

1930

128500

1931

130000

1932

132000

1933

134000

1934

136000

1935

138000

1936

139000

1937

145000

1938

150000

1939

155000

1940

161500

Highest number

161556

16 Gauge Sterlingworth

YEAR

GUN #

1913

351000

1914

351600

1915

352300

1916

353000

1917

353700

1918

354200

1919

355000

1920

356500

1921

357000

1922

357800

1923

358500

1924

359500

1925

359900

1926

360300

1927

362000

1928

364500

1929

366400

1930

367500

1931

368000

1932

368600

1933

369200

1934

369900

1935

372000

1936

373500

1937

374200

1938

374800

Highest Number

378481

20 Gauge Sterlingworth

YEAR

GUN #

1912

250100

1913

252000

1914

253000

1915

254500

1916

254600

1917

254700

1918

255000

1919

255300

1920

255800

1921

256100

1922

256400

1923

256800

1924

257200

1925

257700

1926

258200

1927

259300

1928

260500

1929

262000

1930

263600

1931

263800

1932

264000

1933

264300

1934

264600

1935

266500

1936

268500

1937

270500

1938

270800

1939

271200

1940

271225

Highest number

271304

Single Barrel Trap Guns - Grade J-K-L-M

YEAR

GUN #

1919

400090

1920

400250

1921

400275

1922

400300

1923

400325

1924

400350

1925

400375

1926

400385

1927

400395

1928

400400

1929

400410

1930

400415

1931

400425

1932

400500

1933

400525

1934

400540

1935

400568

AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE

Best Grade

YEAR

GUN #

1887

14211

1888

14229

1889

14706

1890

15034

1891

15199

1892

15443

1893

15544

1894

15735

1895

15881

1896

16040

1897

16163

1898

16192

1899

16310

1900

16410

1955

20456

1956

20556

1957

20719

1958

20800

1959

21000

1960

21136

1961

21187

1962

21244

1963

21278

1964

21326

1972

21443

1981

21617

1982

21654

1983

21731

1984

21746

1985

21758

1986

21777

1987

21790

1988

21810

1989

21833

Medium Grade

YEAR

GUN #

1890

18888

1891

19475

1892

20437

1893

21465

1894

22411

1895

23195

1896

27898

1897

29614

1900

33891

1901

35010

1902

36477

1903

37400

1904

39218

1905

60353

1907

64469

1908

66800

1910

70907

1911

72277

1912

74087

1914

77950

1915

78669

1919

78670

1920

79409

1921

81060

1926

84464

1927

84689

1928

85578

1929

86417

1930

86851

1931

87232

1932

87537

1933

87559

1934

87792

1935

87920

1936

88080

1937

88263

1938

88460

1939

88590

1940

88709

1941

88784

1942

88820

1943

88980

1944

89050

1945

89200

1946

89500

1947

89700

1948

89750

1949

89800

1950

89960

1956

90155

1957

90215

1958

90280

1959

90300

1960

90350

1961

90389

1962

90520

1963

90578

1964

90700

1965

90740

1966

90800

1967

90911

1968

90970

1969

91000

1970

91031

1971

91071

1972

91111

1973

91173

1974

91214

1975

91257

1976

91337

1977

91374

1978

91403

1979

91446

1980

91490

1981

91538

1982

91600

1983

91631

1984

91680

1985

91739

1986

91771

1987

91800

1988

91817

1989

91844

Bottom Grade*

YEAR

GUN #

1894

303318

1895

304261

1896

305025

1897

305265

1898

305561

1899

305769

1900

305923

1901

306060

1902

306180

1903

306249

1904

306417

1905

306505

1906

306638

1907

306760

1908

306882

1909

306957

1910

306992

1911

307039

1912

307072

1913

307198

1914

307327

1920

307358

1921

307600

1922

94879

1926

99753

1927

1390

1928

2222

1929

3590

1930

4130

1931

4456

1932

4632

1933

5712

1934

6384

1935

7304

1936

9922

1937

12637

1938

16359

1939

18530

1940

19743

1941

19370

1942

19492

1943

20191

1944

20865

1945

21075

1946

21547

1947

21656

1948

22260

1949

22390

1950

22616

1951

22839

1952

22989

1953

23140

1954

23261

1955

23360

1956

23424

1957

23523

1958

23622

1959

23709

1961

23946

1962

24017

1963

24068

1964

24100

1965

24117

1986

25099

1987

25161

1988

25170

1989

25176

 *Serial number range changes in 1922 & 1927

STEPHEN GRANT

YEAR

GUN #

1867

2480

1870

3000

1875

3900

1880

4750

1885

5450

1890

6100

1895

6700

1896

6857

1900

7300

W W GREENER

YEAR

GUN #

1878

19304

1880

22860

1895

38917

1902

50911

1915

58536

1920

62621

1930

68635

1967

79259

HOLLAND & HOLLAND

Best Guns

YEAR

GUN #

1899

22000

1900

22500

1902

23000

1903

23500

1906

25000

1907

25500

1910

27000

1911

27250

1912

27500

1913

27750

1914

29000

1915

29100

1919

29200

1920

29400

1921

30500

1922

30700

1924

30800

1925

30900

1926

31500

1928

31800

1929

32500

1930

32700

1931

32800

1932

32900

1934

33000

1935

33100

1936

33200

1937

33400

1939

33500

1946

33600

1948

33700

1950

33800

1952

33900

1954

36251

1956

36300

1958

36400

1959

36500

1962

36600

1964

36700

1965

36800

1967

36900

1970

40006

1972

40100

1974

40200

1978

40400

1980

40500

Paradox Guns

YEAR

GUN #

1894

15035

1895

15347

1900

15558

1903

15655

1905

15750

1906

15825

1907

15860

1911

15900

1914

15950

1919

15960

1922

15970

1930

15980

Over& Under Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1950

3600

1952

3010

1954

3020

1967

3036

Plain

Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1907

26200

1908

26300

1909

26500

Ithaca Gun Co.

Baker Model Ithaca Double Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1880-1885

2447

1886

4104

1887

7003

1888

8787

1889

(Jan-Aug) 10534

Crass Model Ithaca Double Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1892

17235-21999

1893

25421

1894

25759

1895

27762

1896

28713

1897

30222

1898

33026

1899

38399

1900

46627

1901

61609

1902

76599

1903

94108

Lewis Model Ithaca Double Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1904

94109-105999

1905

119320

1906

123677

Flues Model Ithaca Double& Single Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1908

175000-182031

1909

192499

1910

205399

1911

216499

1912

230099

1913

242599

1914

256699

1915

268199

1916

276899

1917

289299

1918

299799

1919

315399

1920

343335

1921

356513

1922

361849

1923

372099

1924

390499

1925

398352

1926

398365

Ithaca N.I.D. Model Double Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1925

425000-425299

1926

439199

1927

451099

1928

454530

1929

457299

1930

458399

1931

459139

1932

459162

1933

459195

1935

459637

1936

459649

1935

460799

1936

462399

1937

464699

1938

464827

1939

464850

1940

464899

1938

465199

1939

465999

1940

466999

1941

467146

1946

467199

1941

468099

1946

468699

1947

468794

1948

468799

1947

469949

1948

469979

1948

470099

Ithaca- Magnum Doubles

YEAR

GUN#

1932-1942

500000-501000

Ithaca Knick Model Single-Barrel Trap Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1922-1944

400000-402789

Charles Lancaster

YEAR

GUN#

1826

100

1830

600

1840

1200

1850

2100

1860

3200

1861

3400

1862

3540

1863

3693

1864

3805

1865

3914

1866

3999

1867

4087

1868

4183

1869

4271

1870

4328

1871

4401

1872

4477

1873

4562

1874

4644

1875

4714

1876

4769

1877

4833

1878

4892

1879

4924

1880

4949

1881

4982

1882

5079

1883

5186

1884

5359

1885

5497

1886

5627

1887

5764

1888

5926

1889

6136

1890

6406

1891

6671

1892

6988

1893

7189

1894

7360

1895

7548

1896

7709

1897

7940

1898

8132

1899

8353

1900

8529

1901

8700

JOSEPH LANG

YEAR

GUN#

1858

2085

1860

2332

1865

2970

1870

3916

1875

5180

1880

6000

1885

7031

1890

7546

1895

8150

1900

9100

Lefever Arms Co.

Lefever Sidelock Model Guns

YEAR

GUN#

1880

5000

1881

5500

1882

6500

1883

7500

1884

8049

1885

8500

1886

9500

1887

10000

1888

10500

1889

11500

1890

12500

1891

14552

1892

17240

1893

20264

1894

22112

1895

23288

1896

24856

1897

25556

1898

27180

1899

28916

1900

31632

1901

36364

1902

40480

1903

45408

1904

49496

1905

51064

1906

54592

1907

57924

1908

60164

1909

61704

1910

62824

1911

65092

1912

65512

1913

69544

1914

71336

1915-1919

73000 plus

Lefever Nitro Special
(Made by Ithaca Gun Co.)

YEAR

GUN#

1921

100,000-101599

1922

119899

1923

158699

1924

185399

1925

214399

1926

233007

1927

252699

1928

272999

1929

297199

1930

298699

1933

298749

1934

299249

1935

299999

1935

325000-327299

1936

336399

1937

345099

1938

345899

1939

347099

1940

353099

1941

354999

1942

356299

1946

357299

1947

361199

Lefever A Grade
(Made by Ithaca Gun Co.)

YEAR

GUN#

1934

300000-300654

1935

301007

1936

301023

1937

301037

1938

301045

1935

301050-301699

1936

302099

1937

302399

1938

302456

1939

302496

Lefever Single Barrel Guns-(Made by Ithaca Gun Co.)

YEAR

GUN#

1927

8505

1928

15729

1929

20280

1930

20799

1931

21799

left open

21899

1935

22299

1936

23099

1937

23499

1938

23799

1939

24579

1940

24604

1941

24607

Parker

YEAR

GUN#

1867-1878

1-10000

1878

13000

1879

16000

1880

18000

1881

23000

1882

28000

1883

35000

1884

38000

1885

47000

1886

50000

1887

57000

1889

60000

1890

40000

1891

70000

1892

75000

1893

79000

1894

80000

1895

83000

1896

86000

1897

87000

1898

90000

1899

94000

1900

99000

1901

106000

1902

114000

1903

122000

1904

128000

1905

131000

1906

139000

1907

145000

1908

148000

1909

151000

1910

154000

1911

157000

1911

158000

1913

165000

1914

169000

1915

172000

1916

175000

1917

178000

1918

181000

1919

185000

1920

191000

1921

196000

1922

201000

1923

206000

1924

209000

1925

215000

1926

220000

1927

223000

1928

227000

1929

231000

1930

235000

1931

235500

1932-33

236000

1934

237000

1935

238000

1936

240000

1937

241000

1938-47

242385

PIOTTI

YEAR

GUN#

1962

1

1962

515

1963

1285

1964

1913

1965

2594

1966

2988

1967

3351

1968

3954

1969

4787

1970

5018

1971

5499

1972

5815

1973

6180

1974

6437

1975

6650

1976

6839

1977

7025

1978

7236

1979

7388

1980

7524

1981

7663

1982

7797

1983

7918

1984

8038

1985

8179

1986

8318

1987

8465

1988

8605

1989

8753

1990

8878

1991

8978

1992

9063

JAMES PURDEY

YEAR

GUN#

1814

974

1826

1149

1827

1324

1828

1549

1829

1874

1830

1999

1831

2247

1832

2421

1833

2497

1834

2697

1835

2773

1836

2848

1837

3098

1838

3223

1839

3298

1840

3473

1841

3623

1842

3698

1843

3848

1844

3998

1845

4048

1846

4098

1847

4223

1848

4348

1849

4473

1850

4599

1851

4720

1852

4844

1853

4944

1854

5093

1855

5167

1856

5267

1857

5443

1858

5542

1859

5747

1860

5997

1861

6271

1862

6422

1863

6671

1864

6871

1865

7121

1866

7420

1867

7646

1868

7896

1869

8246

1870

8322

1871

8646

1872

8821

1873

9096

1874

9288

1875

9505

1876

9648

1877

10153

1878

10440

1879

10800

1880

10900

1881

11082

1882

11342

1883

11669

1884

12036

1885

12171

1886

12530

1887

12875

1888

13150

1889

13468

1890

13662

1891

14000

1892

14520

1893

14851

1894

15134

1895

15362

1896

15726

1897

16095

1898

16420

1899

16736

1900

17078

1901

17227

1902

17547

1903

17849

1904

18148

1905

18400

1906

18686

1907

18987

1908

19272

1909

19546

1910

19813

1911

20147

1912

20400

1913

20770

1914

21086

1915

21332

1916

21465

1917

21541

1919

21574

1920

21892

1921

22111

1922

22312

1923

22491

1924

22896

1925

22937

1926

23283

1927

23284

1928

23551

1929

23854

1930

24139

1931

24387

1932

24567

1933

24647

1934

24743

1935

24920

1936

25130

1937

25325

1938

25526

1939

25711

1940

25783

1941

25793

1942

25813

1943

25844

1945

25851

1946

25901

1947

25990

1948

26051

1949

26128

1950

26206

1951

26275

1952

26349

1953

26423

1955

26531

1975

28003

1979

28546

1981

28569

WESTLEY RICHARDS

YEAR

GUN#

1869

12000

1877

13000

1884

14000

1893

15000

1901

16000

1908

17000

1924

18000

1935

18500

1957

19000

JOHN RIGBY

YEAR

GUN#

1822

5341

1825

5745

1830

6667

1835

7640

1840

8531

1845

9487

1850

10171

1855

10634

1860

10986

1865

12418

1870

13416

1875

14227

1880

15076

1885

15660

1890

16106

1895

16410

1900

16700

1905

17250

1910

17550

1930

18162

RIZZINI

Sidelock Gun

YEAR

GUN#

1980

1

1981

21

1982

41

1983

61

1984

81

1985

101

1986

121

1987

141

1988

161

1989

181

1992

200

W. & C. Scott & Son

(Guns in Bold Typeface Webly & Scott)

YEAR

GUN#

1865

1

1868

1000

1871

2000

1872

3000

1873

4000

1874

5000

1875

6000

1876

7000

1877

8000

1878

10000

1866

11000

1867

12000

1869

13000

1870

14000

1871

15000

1872

16000

1873

17000

1874

19000

1875

20000

1876

21000

1877

22000

1878

23000

1879

25000

1880

27000

1881

29000

1882

31000

1883

33000

1884

35000

1885

37000

1886

39000

1887

42000

1888

43000

1889

44000

1890

45000

1891

47000

1892

49000

1893

51000

1894

53000

1895

55000

1896

57000

1897

53000

1898

54000

1899

56000

1900

57000

1897

58000

1898

60000

1899

61000

1900

62000

1901

63000

1902

65000

1903

66000

1904

68000

1905

69000

1900

70000

1902

71000

1904

73000

1905

74000

1906

75000

1907

76000

1908

77000

1909

78000

1911

79000

1906

80000-81000

1907

82000

1908

84000

1909

85000

1910

87000

1911

88000

1912

90000

1914

91000

1916

92000

1920

94000

1921

95000

1922

96000

1924

99000

1913

100000

1915

101000

1920

102000

1924

103000

not

assigned

104000

105000

106000

107000

108000

109000

1925

110000

1926

111000

1927

112000

1929

113000

1932

114000

1936

115000

1939

116000

1947

117000

1948

118000

1949

119000

1950

120000

1951

122000

1952

123000

1953

125000

1955

126000

1956

127000

1957

128000

1958

129000

1960

130000

1961

131000

1962

132000

1963

133000

1964

135000

1965

136000

1966

137000

1967

138000

1968

139000

1969

140000

1970

141000

1971

142000

1973

143000

1975

144000

1976

145000

1978

146000

1966

200000

1978

701000

1978

702000

1976

712000

1971

720000

1971

728000

L.C. Smith

(Manufactured by Hunter Arms Co. 1890-1918)

YEAR

GUN#

Hammerless (Non-ejector) -20 Gauge

1907

1000-1204

1908

1329

1909

1788

1910

2587

1911

3615

1912

4630

1913

4999

1913

10000-10786

1914

11451

1915

11873

1916

12361

1917

12666

1918

12753

Hammerless(Non-ejector) -10 and 12 Gauge

1890

30000-32527

1891

34381

1892

36615

1893

37324

1894

38892

1895

40334

Hammerless(Non-ejector) -8, 10, 12 and 16 Gauge

1896

40335-42219

1897

44104

1898

45999

Hammerless(Non-ejector) -16 Gauge

1895

60000-60144

1896

60289

1897

60434

1898

60579

1899

60724

1900

60869

1901

61014

1902

61159

1903

61402

1904

61685

1905

62156

1906

62653

1907

63698

1908

64226

1909

65021

1910

65861

1911

66821

1912

67683

1913

68704

1914

69681

1915

69999

1915

400000-401758

Hammerless(Non-ejector) -10 and 12 Gauge

1899

105210

1900

105917

1901

111681

1902

119035

1903

120767

1904

124419

1905

124999

1904

300000-300301

1905

305787

1906

311528

1907

318079

1908

322129

1909

329476

1910

333081

1911

336572

1912

341717

1913

345493

1914

350857

1915

352431

1916

355068

1917

359624

1918

361071

Hammerless(Non-ejector) -10, 12 and 16 Gauge

1891

500-559

1898

3173

1901

6959

1902

9000

1902

200000-200025

1903

201758

1904

203272

1905

205098

1906

207093

1907

209368

1908

210579

1909

211885

1910

213084

1911

214246

1912

215615

1913

216939

1914

218260

1915

218829

1916

219603

1917

219750

Hammer Guns - 20 Gauge

1907

5000-5131

1908

5379

1909

5677

1910

6238

1911

6593

1912

7076

1913

7521

1914

7828

1915

7935

1916

8149

1917

8250

Hammer Guns- 10, 12 and 16 Gauge

1894

50000-50867

1895

51735

1896

52602

1897

55301

1898

58000

1900

79000-84943

1901

89999

1902

125000-129700

1903

133039

1904

137445

1905

144409

1906

150221

1907

156901

1908

159519

1909

163160

1910

166705

1911

168761

1912

171415

1913

173371

1914

175483

1915

176091

1916

176576

1917

178522

1918

179841

All Gauges 1918-1950 (These serial numbers include all types of L.C. Smith, Fulton and Hunter Shotguns)

YEAR

GUN#

1918

101-3850

1919

18252

1920

35228

1921

44566

1922

51985

1923

64187

1924

75897

1925

86695

1926

93841

1927

103900

1928

114817

1929

125347

1930

132827

1931

134242

1930-1938

136741

1932

137779

1933

138371

1934

140146

1935

144296

1936

151123

1937

162670

1938

171179

1939

181701

1940

190280

1941

197124

1942

201794

1943

202959

1944

204084

1945

205423

1946

1-8595

1947

25661

1948

41825

1949

55608

1950

56800

Western Long-Range

YEAR

GUN#

1929

16-Jan

1930

24499

1931

29999

1932

30399

1934

30849

1935

34599

1936

41699

1937

47299

1938

49299

1939

52899

1940

59199

1941

64199

1946

65779

JAMES WOODWARD

YEAR

GUN#

1874-1879

3268-3717

1885

4102

1891

4608

1897

5230

1903

5712

1909

6044

1915

6433

1921

6637

1927

6832

1933

7014

1939

7153

1948

7189

Common Terminology and Abbreviations

Acanthus Scroll - An engraving design of plants, segmented, thistle-like leaves.

 ACP - Automatic Colt Pistol.

Action - The receiver of a gun

AE or Automatic Ejectors - fittings that kick out fired shells, while only raising unfired shells

Anson Forend Release - A latch for securing the forend

Antique Firearm - any firearm manufactured in or before 1898

Articulated Front Trigger - A hinged front trigger

Automatic Safety - resets to the "safe" position each time the gun is opened

Back Action - A sidelock action where the mainspring is mounted rearward

Backboring - Enlarging the internal diameter of a shotgun barrel

Bar - The portion of a break-open gun's action extending forward from the bottom of the standing breech, Bar Action - mainspring is mounted forward into the bar of the action.

Barrel Wall Thickness - The thickness of the walls of a shotgun barrel.

bbls - Barrels

Beaded cheekpiece - extra detail of a shadow line around cheekpiece

Bifurcated Lumps - A locking system for over & under guns whereby the barrels are mounted to the receiver via trunnions on either side of the lower barrel and where a pair of bolts move forward into recesses

Blitz Action - moving parts of a break-open gun's action are mounted to the trigger plate.

Bolt Action - An action type, most frequently used on rifles

Bolted Safety - A secondary catch on the safety

Boxlock - lockwork is contained within a box-shaped housing.

BPE - Black powder express

Breech - The end of a barrel into which a cartridge is inserted.

Bridle - A mounted behind and parallel to a sidelock’s lockplate which supports pins which the moving parts rotate.

BT or Beavertail Forend -  A broad forend, wrapping partially around the barrel(s)

Bulino Engraving - Shallow engraving often of photographic quality

Bushed Firing Pins - Circular steel fittings screwed into the breech face of a gun which the firing pins pass.

Butt - The end of a gun stock

Cal. or Calibre - System of measurement for the internal bore diameter

Carbine - short-barreled, quick-handling rifle

Cast Off - offset of a gun stock so that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the eye

CC or Casehardening Colors -  mottled blue/green/brown colors, the by-product of a heat-treating process

Chamber - area at the breech end of a barrel

Checkering - fine grooves cut into a stock to aid in gripping a gun.

Choke - constriction of the bore of a shotgun at the muzzle to control the spread of the shot

Choke tubes - Short, interchangeable cylinders at the muzzle

Chopper-lump bbls (a.k.a. Demi-bloc barrels) - method of joining two separate tubes of barrels where half of the pair of lumps are forged integrally

Claw Extractor - claw takes positive hold of the

Claw Mounts - quick-detachable scope mounting system

Cocking Indicators - Small devices attached to the internal hammers visible from the exterior of the gun to show when each barrel is cocked and when it has been fired.

Comb - The top of a gun's stock

Concealed Third Fastener - An extension protruding rearward from the breech

DA or Double Action - action type, pulling revolves the cylinder, cocks the hammer and fires the gun

Damascus Bbls - Barrel tubes built up by twisting alternate strips of iron and steel around a fixed rod

Deeley Forend Release - A latch for securing the forend to the barrels

Doll's Head - rib extension on a break-open gun, circular or semi-circular shape in plan

Double Rifle - Two independent rifles, built on one frame

Dovetailed bbls – Type of set of side-by-side barrels. Two barrel tubes and a solid block of steel fitted between the two tubes at the breech

Drilling - A three-barrel gun

Drop - The distance from the rib towards the butt---to the top of the stock at the comb or the heel.

DST or Double Set Trigger -  trigger converts the front (main) trigger to a light, hair trigger.

DT or Double Triggers -  one for each barrel.

Ejectors - kick out fired shells, while only raising unfired shells

Elevation - Adjust point of impact of a firearm in the vertical plane

English Grip - A straight-wrist grip

Express Sights - "V" shaped rear leaf sights

Extractors - gun is opened the extractor lifts the cartridges

Fences - outgrowths of the receiver of a double gun that mate with the breech ends of the barrels.

FFL - Federal Firearms [Dealer's] License.

Floated barrel - A rifle barrel mounted firmly to the receiver, but not touching the forend.

Fluid Steel bbls - Barrels made of homogeneous steel

Forcing cone - tapered area between the chamber to the bore proper

Full Stock - one-piece stock extending to the muzzle.

Gauge - System of measurement for the internal bore diameter of a smooth-bore firearm based on the spherical lead balls whose total weight is one pound.

Glassbedding - process undertaken to compensate for imperfect wood-to-metal fit.

Gloaming Sight - second, folding or pop-up front sight bead

Globe Sight - front sight assembly, primarily for target rifles

Greener Crossbolt - round bar, operated by the toplever, passing behind the breech of a side-by-side and through a matching hole in a rib extension

Greener Safety - A safety catch mounted to the left side of a gun

half grip - Round knob, semi pistol grip (Prince of Wales grip)

Hand-Detachable Locks - firing mechanism which is removable

Headspace – distance between the base of a chambered cartridge and the breech face of a firearm.

Heel - top of the butt-end of a gun stock.

Hinge Pin - cylindrical rod running laterally of a break-open gun's action around which the barrel hook revolves

Holdopen Toplever - A catch built into the receiver of a break-open gun to keep the toplever open

Intercepting Sear - A second sear

Jeweled - engine-turned treatment on a steel part for a finished look and to hold oil on the surface.

Kersten lock - A crossbolt running laterally, just behind the breech face, through the standing breech

Leaf Sights - Folding blade sights

LTRK - Long tang, round knob

Lumps - The projections extending downward from the breech end of a side-by-side gun.

Mag. or Magnum - cartridge greater than normal power or velocity.

Minute of Angle - A 1/60th part of a degree, measure used in adjusting rifle sights.

Monoblock bbls - barrels where the entire breech end of both barrels and the lumps together are machined from one solid piece of steel

Monte Carlo Comb - An elevated gunstock comb which drops to a normal height at the heel

Muzzle - The end of a barrel

Muzzle Brake - attached to the muzzle of a firearm designed to gasses

NE or Nitro Express - powered by nitro-glycerin-based propellant

NIB - New, in original box

O/U  -  Over and Under

Oval - oval plate inletted into the underside of the buttstock

PG - Full Pistol Grip,

Pitch - The angle of the butt of a gun in relation to the line of sight.

Ported barrels - Barrels with a series of holes or slots drilled near the muzzle.

Prewar - Before World War II

Pull - The length of a stock, measured from the center of the trigger to the center of the butt.

Purdey Underbolts - sliding bar, running through the

QD - Quick-detachable,

Receiver - The frame or action body of a firearm.

Regulation of Double Rifles - two barrels of a double-barrel shotgun where they converge

Reinforcing Crossbolt - A steel bolt, mounted transversely through a rifle stock

Release Trigger - trigger mechanism which fires when released.

Rifle - long-barreled firearm having spiral grooves cut inside the barrel

Rolled Triggerguard - A thickened, beaded edge on the side of a triggerguard bow.

Rook Rifle - English term used to shoot rooks, crows and other vermin.

Rose & Scroll Engraving - traditional English engraving of tight scroll are interspersed with bouquets of roses.

Scalloped receiver - rear edge of the receiver is carved into any of a variety of curved shapes

Schnabel - Stock detail, the forend tip flares out to an enlarged knob

Scope Blocks - small steel bases to accept scopes

Sear - sharp bar holding the hammer back under the tension of the mainspring.

Self-Opening (Assisted Opening) - barrels drop down simply by pressing the toplever without muscling them open manually

Sideclips - A pair of small beveled flanges extending forward from the sides of the standing breech Sidelock - type of action where the lockwork is mounted to the back of a plate

Sideplates - Decorative steel plates mounted to the sides of a boxlock

Single Action - hammer must be cocked manually prior to each shot.

Single Set Trigger - single trigger which when pushed forward converts to a hair trigger.

Skeet tubes - Interchangeable sub-calibre, full-length liner tubes that fit into the barrels of a shotgun to reduce the gauge

Sleeved bbls – method that new tubes are fitted down into the original breech

Snap Caps - Dummy cartridges with spring-loaded "primers"

Splinter Forend - A slender English-style forend

SRC or Saddle Ring Carbine - A carbine with a ring fitted to the side of the receiver.

SST or Single Selective Trigger - A single trigger with some sort of switch to change the order of firing of a pair of barrels.

ST - Single [non-selective] Trigger - Single trigger

Steel Shot - shot pellets of steel

STFK - Short tang, flat knob pistol grip

STRK - Short tang, round knob, semi-pistol grip

SxS or Side by Side (barrels) - Side-by-side barrels

Takedown - A firearm design whereby the barrel(s) is/are easily removed from the action

Teardrops - Small, raised-carved details on either side of a double gun

Throat - The beginning of the bore of a rifled firearm.

Toe - The bottom of the butt-end of a gun stock.

Tumbler - British for Hammer.

Vierling - A four-barreled gun

Watertable - The top of the bar of the action, the flat projection on the front of the receiver

Windage - Adjusting the point of impact of a firearm in the horizontal plane

Wrist - The thinnest section of the stock

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