By Ronald S. Gabriel

Representing the end result of 30 years of study, this e-book catalogues the 125-year developmental heritage of the 410 handgun in either Britain and the us. assurance comprises makers corresponding to Browning, Ithaca, Winchester, Boss, Holland & Holland, Purdey and others

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This is a particularly strong action that is notable for its economy of parts. It was first produced by Westley Richards, Birmingham, in 1876 and almost all modern boxlock guns are based on this model. for cleaning and lubricating. Holland & Holland did develop for its bar-action sidelocks a hand-detachable variation in the first decade of the 20th century that immensely improved accessibility and subsequently became popular in “Best”-quality guns of many English gunmakers. Its ease of servicing is matched only by the Westley Richards droplock, patented in 1897, in which each lock is mounted on a floor plate, and this unit is then inserted into the bottom of the action box.

2 This propellant, a single base powder, is the primary American powder [ 5 ]. The British historically have tended to use a double base powder, a combination of nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin, otherwise known as cordite. The British powders have been very corrosive on barrels. When combined with primers compounded of fulminate of mercury, which turned to salt when combusted, the result was deep pitting of barrels. A primary reason why so few vintage 410 British shotguns exist today is that the 410 cartridge was the last to eliminate mercury from the cartridge and did not do so routinely until after 1950.

Even more recently, and by someone who knows better, McIntosh confesses to a “bad attitude” towards the 410 as a game gun. ” In partial atonement, he admits that 410 skeet shooting is “great fun” [ 8 ]. ” He shows one such walking stick 410 (page 517), which is identical to one that recently surfaced in Scotland [6] (Photos 1 and 2). This reference, by the way, under section entitled “Odd Size”, recalls Askins’ reference to gender ambivalence! [ 9 ] The Cartridge and Gun Notwithstanding his contempt for the 410 bore, Askins discussed the ballistics of a 2-inch cartridge with 3/8-ounce shot for small wing game [9].

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