House sales have that magnetic draw to yours truly and the one that the notice in the local paper made it unmissable for me so off I went expectantly, now on this side of the pond we have a saying "there is no fool like an old fool" to this I will put my hand up to on this occasion. Browsing the the items for sale I saw a bubble wrapped shape that rang a bell and my interest was raised and pulling the bubble wrap of the corner my initial thought was right a Pig skin Gun case in new condition of exactly the same version in the post on how to re fit a traditional gun case, that time I fitted a gun having two sets of barrels. Using the same excuse as the last case the price was right in fact very right so low that I could not resist purchasing it. At home after removing all the bubble wrap the case was externally unmarked and in new condition as in the photograph.
So far so good! Until I opened it, to me the internal fitting was a disaster performed by some muppet. It was designed for the barrels to be mounted with the barrel lumps at the side like the version I did but the method used was idiotic with the speciality of having the barrel divider secured at each end only with the rest of the internal fitting done by a child using its feet. To add insult to injury the inner covering was a paper backed sort of felt.
To further lower the quality the lid has a foam backed greenish material that I have no idea what it is also another piece was also included may be for wiping the gun who knows. also if you look closely you can see the marks where the external straps where in the case with the material leaching out the oil from the leather making a permanent shadow of the straps.
What I thought was going to be a just put the gun in and use it has now the potential for a single gun re fit the traditional way. BUT!!!! It will be a case of the better half of the marriage to give me a hand on the finer eyesight details if I re fit it properly, I have spoken to her and her first response was "Ernie what where you thinking" so not a definite no! The case is to good to be left in that state so I will wrap it up and put in my workshop with the Bolt of Velvet I have kept for such occasion. Will leave it for a few months and make a start with help so as they say "watch this space. Do I use as is or refit what do you think?