SOLD FOR: $3302
Make: Westley Richards & Co.
Model: Droplock Side by Side Shotgun
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1925-1954, C&R
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Chokes: The barrels both have Full choke constrictions which are fixed.
Action Type: Single Selective-Trigger Side by Side Droplock Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The left and right sides of the frame are marked “WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co”. The water table is marked with Birmingham proofs, “PATENT No 20 / 26659-1909” and the serial number. The bottom tang is marked with the serial number. The forend is serial matched. The right barrel is marked “WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co” and the left barrel is marked “LONDON”. The barrels are marked with Birmingham proofs, “WESTLEY RICHARDS / STEEL” and the serial number. The barrel flats have Birmingham proof marks.
Barrel Length: 30”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a metallic bead.
Weight: 7.63 Pounds
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is two-piece wood featuring a checkered forend, a checkered semi-pistol grip, a straight comb, a belly mounted brass medallion and a checkered black synthetic Westley Richards marked butt-plate. The stock has some light handling marks, but the wood portion of the stock lacks any notable defects. The LOP is 14” from the trigger to the rear of the butt-plate. The checkering remains sharp. The drops are approximately 1.75 and 2.75 inches from the comb and heel respectively. The butt-plate has scattered light-moderate handling marks including a few small holes that developed from handling/storage wear. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are semi-bright with scattered light erosion concentrated around the muzzles.
Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there is some light wear around the muzzles including a few tiny flakes of white paint around the brass bead. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are lightly tooled and remain serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock with no play on the frame. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Westley Richards & Co. Droplock Side by Side Single-Selective Trigger Shotgun that was made between 1925-1954. Westley Richards & Co. is a prestigious British arms maker that was established in 1812 and is still in operation today. The company has received a number of accolades including Royal Warrants from the British Crown, the first was issued by Prince Albert in 1840, and the company received a Royal Warrant from the Shah of Iran. This gun has a worn butt-plate and some light blemishes on its metal surfaces but the shotgun remains aesthetically pleasing and has solid mechanics. This is a wonderful option for fans of historical firearms. Good luck on your bid!