Sometimes size does matter! 4 bores are some of the largest shoulder-fired weapons available and this mammoth calibre is seldom seen but our 18th June Arms and Militaria auction contains two!
The first, shown above as lot 60 is an Army and Navy 4 bore single barrel shotgun, serial number 13357, circa 1892. The shotgun has a 41.5" Birmingham Nitro proofed barrel engraved 'Army and Navy C.S.L. London', it has a chequered figured stock with horn capped pistol grip and forend, the shotgun comes with a hard case, ten loaded cartridges and slipcase, it is estimated at £5,000 - 7,000 and is attracting a lot of interest.
The second is an Arthur Smith cased 4 bore muzzle loading rifle, serial number 007. The 30" round browned barrel has three groove rifling to take a mechanical fit three-lug bullet. It is fitted with fixed sights and engraved A. Smith Boxted Colchester, the case hardened lock also engraved A.R. Smith is fitted into a chequered half stock, with sling loop. The rifle is complete with oak case with brass corners, together with outer grey painted slipcase, the inner case green baize lined, containing loading/cleaning rod with jags, bullet mould, two nipple keys. This unusual beast is estimated at £500 - 1,000.
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