Make: Webley & Scott
Serial Number: 117869
Year of Manufacture: 1970’s
Gauge: 12 Gauge with 2 ¾” Chambers
Action Type: Double Barrel Top Lever Break-Open Boxlock with Double Triggers
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 “117869”. The tops of the water tables are both marked “117869” and with a “Crown / BV” view mark. The flats on the bottoms of the barrels are marked “12”, “Crown / BP”, “Crown / BV”, “12 / c” inside a diamond, “2 ½” CHOKE 2 ¾””, “Crown / NP”, “NITRO PROOF”, and “1 1/8 oz.”. The barrels in front of the flats are each marked with a “Crown / Script BP” provisional proof.
Barrel Length: The barrels are 30” in length.
Choke: The left barrel is choked FULL and measures 0.680” at the muzzle. The right barrel is choked Improved Cylinder and measures 0.720” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a large white bead front sight at the muzzle and with a small white bead half-way down the barrel. The beads are mounted on top of the center rib, which is solid and has a slightly curved top so as to present both beads clearly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are hand-checkered French walnut with a pistol grip that has a rounded knob on its bottom. The butt is cut at a slight curve with horizontal serrations to serve as buttplate. The forend is narrow and has a push-button release at its tip. 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. The forend shows a few tiny dings on its left side behind the checkering. The buttstock shows a few light handling marks on its sides and a few small dings in its belly. The checkering shows moderate even wear without mars. The LOP measures 14 ¾” from the front of the forward trigger and 13 13/16” from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the buttplate. . The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrels, trigger guard and lower tang are blued and the receiver, lever and upper tang are case colored. The receiver has been covered in lacquer to protect its finish.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright without erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 82% of its current metal finish. There are spots of pitting under the finish on the outsides of both barrels about 3” in front of the mid-bead. There is thinning on the front edges of the barrels and a few light marks scattered over their finishes including a light scratch on the bottom of the left barrel. There is also thinning on the edges of the barrel rib in the rear half of the barrel, with a few tiny marks in the rear 6” of the rib. There is thinning and light handling marks in the trigger guard and in its forward section which forms the bottom of the receiver, and surface loss in the lower tang and the lower edges of the receiver. The screw heads are sharp and engraved. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety comes-on automatically when the action is opened. This shotgun has extractors, not ejectors. 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: This shotgun comes in a handsome wooden case with an outer covering of green cloth. The case has leather corner pieces to protect the corners and two leather straps that encircle the case, each having a brass buckle. The handle is leather covered and attached with brass “D” rings to leather straps riveted to the front of the case. The lid has a push-button latch with a 3 tumbler combination lock. The case comes with an instruction sheet for setting the combination. The inside of the case is lined with green felt and fitted for this rifle plus accessories. The outside of the case shows a few very light stains from handling and a few light marks in the leather corner pieces. The inside of the case shows only a few compression marks from the shotgun. The case is in about Fine to Excellent condition. Please see our pictures! Included with the shotgun is a pamphlet from Webley and Scott on their various rifles and shotguns, including a description of the Model 700.
Our Assessment: Wow! This is a beautiful side by side shotgun, from one of the best and most well known makers. This shotgun is in about Very Good condition, with about 82% of its current finish remaining. The bores are excellent, the case colors vivid and the wood shows only a few light marks and tiny dings. The feel, balance and quality of these shotguns are matched by very few makers, and handling one just once will help you understand why the English are so highly regarded for gun making – especially side by sides. This shotgun will make a great upland game gun and a wonderful presentation piece.