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Lot 407: Army & Navy C.S.L. 12 Bore Double Rifle with 2 Extra Barrel Sets

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare Engraved Army & Navy 12 Bore “The Jungle Gun” Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector Ball & Shot Gun with Two Extra Sets of Shotgun Barrels

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Rare Engraved Army & Navy 12 Bore “The Jungle Gun” Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector Ball & Shot Gun with Two Extra Sets of Shotgun Barrels

Manufacturer: Army & Navy
Model: Double Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 534
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 250
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

With blued barrels each cut with very shallow rifling and respectively signed “ARMY & NAVY” and “C.S.L. LONDON” towards the breech end which is engraved with a band of stylized foliage. As a way of circumnavigating the Fosbery “Paradox”, “The Jungle Gun” has straight rifling with a slight twist beginning approximately three inches from the muzzle. Concave rib engraved “THE JUNGLE GUN” and rising to a ramp for the bead front sight, and with raised flat file cut matted quarter rib with extension and rear sight of two folding leaves each with platinum inlaid center line and calibrated for 50 and 100 yards. Border and scroll engraved treble grip action with blued removable firing pin bushings, signed “ARMY & NAVY C.S.L.” on each side and with blued floorplate, blued toplever engraved “PATENT” and automatic safety. Blued border and scroll engraved trigger guard. Very well figured semi-pistol grip stock with checkered heel, grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release. The underside of the barrels struck with London nitro and Birmingham nitro reproof marks. Includes two extra 29 5/8 inch, 12 bore barrel sets with blued barrels respectively signed “ARMY & NAVY” and “C.S.L. LONDON” towards the breech end which is engraved with a band of stylized foliage. Concave rib with bead sight and engraved with a spray of scrollwork at the breech end. The underside of the barrels are struck with Birmingham nitro and nitro reproof marks. Barrel measurements for the first extra set (R/L): chambers reproved at 70mm (2 3/4 inches); bore diameter nine inches from the breech reproved and measured at 18.8/18.7 (.740/.736 inches); choke constriction .010/.027 inches; minimum wall thickness .025/.028 inches. Barrel measurements for the second extra set (R/L): chambers reproved at 70mm (2 3/4 inches); bore diameter nine inches from the breech both reproved at 18.5 (.728 inches) and measured .730 inches; choke constriction .013/.042 inches; minimum wall thickness .034/.031 inches. Barrel and stock measurements for rifled set (R/L): chambers reproved at 70mm (2 3/4 inches); bore diameter 9 inches from the breech both reproved at 18.3 mm (.720 inches) and measured at .722/.724 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/4 inch drop at heel; 15 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 15 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrels retain nearly all of the reblued finish with clear engraved details, file cut matting on the quarter rib softened, bores bright with evidence of slight surface marking. Action cleaned bright with occasional scattered minor surface corrosion spotting, engraving clear. Toplever, floorplate and trigger guard reblued, engraving on floorplate softened. Replacement stock with crisp carved drop points, forearm wood original, checkering crisp. The first extra barrel set retains nearly all of the reblued finish, bores polished bright, small pit to each tube, and right tube with small dent. The second extra set retains nearly all of the reblued finish, bores polished bright, and occasional scattered pits to each tube. Mechanically excellent.



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