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by John 39
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Hunting, Wildlife and Conservation
Topic: 2 old dogs
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: 2 old dogs

When I go shooting I make sure I'm smartly dressed !
by John 39
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Unusual Misfire
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Re: Unusual Misfire

The mis-fire seems unusual to say the least, what is even more strange is the failure to ignite the powder in the barrel. Maybe the cap had a double or even a triple load of primer which is why the skirt blew off. The forums have been quiet. I would have thought lock-down would have meant more time ...
by John 39
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A New History of Reilly of London, Gun Makers and a Serial Number Dating Chart
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Re: A New History of Reilly of London, Gun Makers and a Serial Number Dating Chart

Hi Gene, You've done a lot of work on this and I congratulate you with your analysis of the Reilly serial numbers but to call it a "New History" is a bit of an exaggeration. There is not much difference between your history written last year and ours written in 2002. Some words and phrases in your h...
by John 39
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Cogswell & Harrison side plated boxlock
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

Re: Cogswell & Harrison side plated boxlock

Hi Barry, The C & H gun range over the years was very complicated. The Crown was originally a sidelock and I don't think the name was ever given to a boxlock. I have no idea where any of the marks mentioned might have been put, they may appear only in the company records and not on any gun, The word...
by John 39
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase

You can't go wrong with a Silvers pad.
by John 39
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Cogswell & Harrison side plated boxlock
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

Re: Cogswell & Harrison side plated boxlock

My great grandfather worked as a shopman for Cogswell & Harrison for a couple of years from 1880, he lived with the Harrison family in the Strand during this time. The firm produced thousands of guns for the "wider" market, it disappoints me to look at most of their models which, lacking the name of...
by John 39
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase

Really sorry to hear that you have had it, hope you recover completely and quickly. What frightens me is the realization that lock-down for 3 months is a myth, it seems to me 6 months is more like it, and then perhaps it'll drag on for 18 months or so. The Government pretends to be transparent about...
by John 39
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase

The gun may need a clean or just lubrication, I doubt if it is a case of wear and tear. Regarding the brass disc on the lid of the case your only chance of replacing this would be to go to any engineering company or perhaps an engineer friend (retired or not). Get him/them to measure the diameter an...
by John 39
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase

Sorry Lance, I didn't pick up on the lack of a re-sleeving mark. As your gun is not marked as sleeved, it hasn't been. Those are the original barrels as they came out of the factory. You are likely to get the right leather and buckles if you take the old straps to a saddler (bridle and saddle shop),...
by John 39
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: 1st Antique Gun - Cogswell Harrison Purchase

Hi Mark, The polish will harden more and more over time. I would leave it a week or so between coats re-polishing every time it gets wet. If your gun gets wet dismantle it and wipe it with a paper kitchen towel. Open and hang your gun slip over a door to dry overnight. Leave the dismantled gun overn...