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E.J. Churchill XXV 12-bore SXS boxlock ejector sporting gun circa 1937
25" steel barrels choked Modified & Improved Cylinder with narrow, flat, tapered, matt rib, single bead, third bite rib extension, ejectors, double underbites, and double triggers. Barrel flats have nitro proofs to 1 1/8 oz. and marked: 1 1/2". Chambers: 2 9/16". Webley style boxlock action with rosettes around pins and bottom screws with maker's name on each side. Floorplate has a crown toward front end. Slab sawed English walnut checkered splinter forend and straight hand stock, 14 1/4" over a checkered butt. Bore diameter: left .728 right .728. Bore restrictions: left .024 right .010. Wall thickness: left .032 right .032. Drop at heel: 2 1/8". Drop at comb: 1 5/8". Weight: 6 lbs 2.88 oz. SN 5273. **Subject to State & Federal Firearms Laws**

Other Notes: EDWIN JOHN CHURCHILL (c.1855-1910), the founder, served his time, not with the London trade, but at the old established business of William Jeffrey & Son of Dorchester. E.J. worked first for Mr. F.T. Baker in Fleet Street before he set up on his own at 8 Agar Street, in the Strand in 1891. He was briefly joined by his son H.E.J. Churchill who died tragically at the early age of 20. Churchill owned a shooting ground in Kent, where his customers could receive tuition and also be provided with ample practice.
He was joined by his nephew Robert Churchill (b.1886) and after the death of the founder in 1910 the running of the business was taken over by Robert. In post WW1 he experimented with a lightweight short barreled game gun which eventually evolved into his 25" barreled Churchill "XXV". Robert died in 1958 and the firm was acquired by Atkin, Grant & Lang which continues today.

  • Barrels retain most of their bright original rust blue with slight muzzle edge wear. Receiver, top-tang and trigger plate are bright silvered case colors while floorplate and trigger guard retain most of their restored finish. Wood is sound with minor handling and use marks and retains most of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bores.

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December 13, 2008 10:00 AM EST
Columbia, SC, US

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