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English Double Rifles.

Three English Sidelock Double Rifles. Top a Holland & Holland Royal in .500NE, Westley Richards .470NE and a James Purdey .470NE.

4 Comments

  • Sami on February 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I'm partial to Purdey, being the rarest with a more complex mechanism, but the trio is stunning nonetheless! We need a higher resolution version of this :)

    • Simon Clode on February 9, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Sami, perhaps the Purdey is overly complex! If you try hunting with it you will find that closing the rifle in a hurry can be a problem. It is in my opinion a bad design in the rifle format. Fine with a pair of guns and a loader shooting birds but with a Buffalo bearing down on you the delay in shutting the rifle after a reload is not great!

      • Sami on February 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm

        Thanks for the input Simon. Two things though; a broken-in self opening rifle on Beesley's action is much easier to close than when new, based on a well used 470 rifle that I used to own. And even the new rifles I handled in Audley House over the years posed no problem for me to close. I think it's quite subjective.

      • Sami on February 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        Oh, and I would be eternally appreciative if you can upload a high resolution version of this image to use as a wallpaper for my windows ^_^

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