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Buzz, John Roberts, keith, mc, Parabola, SKB, Stanton Hillis
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by Stanton Hillis
Stanton Hillis

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by Buzz
Beautiful little gun. It’s so light, I bet it would be very challenging to shoot well. Might be a good investment though?
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by BrentD, Prof
BrentD, Prof
It is pretty short and already has a pad. If you are short, that may not be a problem, I guess.
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by John Roberts
John Roberts
Plenty of wood on the comb to shave it to fit, Stan. You could easily get it to 2 3/8" at the heel without affecting the aesthetics of the buttstock.
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by eightbore
7/16 ounce, couldn't have been made as a 3" gun. 3/4 ounce 3" .410 in a 4 pound 6 ounce gun is a whopper. Oh well, at least it's cheap. If I get hit by a truck, Linda has instructions to mail my 30" .410 Skeeter to Stan.
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by SKB
I will be the outlier....nice gun and well priced if it is as clean as it appears to be. When was the last time you saw a high grade, high condition vintage .410 ejector gun with 29" barrels?
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by Rocketman
Just a guess, but I'd surmise whoever J. Ormiston is/was approached our man Henry with a largish roll of bills/notes and offered to share. I have some work by Mr. Morris---- nice work if I do say so.
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by Recoil Rob
Recoil Rob
Am I the only one that thinks the left panel/receiver fit is a bit wonky?
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by LeFusil
Originally Posted by Parabola
Originally built as 2 1/2 inch. Re-proofed at 3 inch.

JA is James Asbury barrel makers mark.

Joseph Asbury? I’d be willing to wager that the entire gun came out of Asbury’s shop/factory. I’m betting the action is marked “JA” as well.
Or….and this maybe a long shot…..Maybe EM Reilly made this gun for the trade????
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by Parabola
Yes, JA stands for Joseph (not James) Asbury. My bad, I checked the spelling of the surname but forgot to check I had remembered the right first name.

The date stamp o 1 c on the proof marks is for 1988 and must refer to the later 3” proof test as the o impinges on the / of the 7/8 oz. from the earlier 2 1/2 inch marks. There seems to be an earlier date stamp but I cannot read the detail.

John Ormiston is an interesting character. He was a Director of Holland and Holland, and the chap who bought the case for Denys Finch-Hatton’s double rifle and later found the rifle to go with it.

For more information on him go the Vintage Gun Journal, search Ormiston and you will find a number of articles by or about him.
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by jldidier
Guessing it was only matter of time before someone felt the need to hijack the original post...stay on topic hoss or shut the f... up .
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by Stanton Hillis
Stanton Hillis
Originally Posted by mc
Wow we must be looking at two different guns the Morris I looked at was just a great looking English gun

What we have here is failure .......to communicate. Let me try one last time.

1) It is a gorgeous gun.
2) Nothing wrong with pretty English guns
3) I'm more interested in it's shootability than it's looks.
4) I will never be able to shoot a 4 1/2 lb. gun as well as I can a 6 1/2 lb. gun.
5) The Morris is a 4 1/2 lb. gun, not a 6 1/2 lb. gun.
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by Parabola
Given that the engraving is original (Morris was primarily an engraver) “tarted up” is not the right description.

“Refinished to a high standard” - yes.
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by Parabola
My .410 “Rottweil” (made in Italy, possibly by F.A.I.R. - Isidore Rizzini - anyone know for certain?) is built on a 28-bore frame,

An over and under, weighing about 6 1/2 lb. With 30” barrels it probably enjoys similar dynamics to the Poli, but I accept is not in the same class.
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