SOLD FOR: $1000
Make: Webley & Scott
Serial Number: 126897
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Gauge: 12 Gauge with 2 1/2” Chambers
Action Type: Double Barrel Top Lever Break-Open Boxlock with Single Trigger & Individual Ejectors
Markings: The top of the right barrel and the sides of the receiver are marked “WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD” and the top of the right barrel is marked “BIRMINGHAM”. The lower tang and the top of the forend iron are marked “126897”. The tops of the water tables are both marked “126897” and with a “Crown / BNP”. The flats on the bottoms of the barrels are marked “12” in a diamond, “Crown / BNP”, “3 TONS PER”, “2 ½”, and “.729”. The left barrel flat is also marked with crossed scepters. The barrels in front of the flats are each marked with a “Crown / Script BP” provisional proof. The bottom tang is marked with the serial number “126897”. The receiver, lever, trigger guard, and forend iron have scroll engraving. The side of the forend lug is marked “126897” and the bottom is marked “MADE IN / ENGLAND”.
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: Left: Modified, Right: Improved Cylinder, Both Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a bead on the rib at the muzzle.
Weight: 6 Lb. 2 Oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, and Anson release forend. The buttstock has been cut and a piece of wood has been installed. There is a silver oval inlet into the belly of the buttstock for the purpose of having one’s initials added, but this oval is free of any markings. There are some scattered light draglines, scuffs, compressions, and a few little marks through the finish. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the forward trigger and 12 1/4” from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the checkered bare butt. The butt has some light wear. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition as modified.
Type of Finish: Case Color & Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright without erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its current metal finish. The barrel set has a couple of little nicks through the finish and light scuffs that have thinned the finish. There are a couple of scuffs that have thinned the finish and taken on minor discoloration, some of the most noticeable are on the right chamber. The receiver has some areas of minor thinning. There are some areas of thinning on the tangs. There is some minor thinning on the edges of the muzzles. The bottom tang has some scattered minor wear. The screw heads are sharp and engraved. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety comes-on automatically when the action is opened. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Webley & Scott is one of the oldest British gunmakers, tracing their origins back to 1790. They are also one of the most prolific makers, best known today for their production of civilian and military handguns in the late 19th and 20th centuries. They also have produced, and still do make some fine shotguns. This example is one of their Model 700 shotguns made in 1955. This example is quite trim at 6 lb. 2 oz. with splinter forend, slim English-style stock, and 28? barrels. The gun is in Fine condition, appearing to have seen light and responsible use. This is a beautiful gun that would catch some eyes at the skeet range and would make a great gun for doves, quail, grouse, even pheasant, especially with its single trigger. While most double barrels have dual triggers, this one has a single trigger making it great for a fast follow-up shot if needed. Light, fast handling and a beauty to behold, this shotgun would make a fine addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!